Samsung forecasts smartphone growth; Tier 1 carriers tout Earth Day efforts

> A Samsung Electronics unit predicted that global smartphone market was expected to grow to 500 million units in 2012 from 170 million in 2009, and that smartphones would make up 29 percent of the market in 2012. Article

> President Obama picked Aneesh Chopra to be the first U.S. chief technology officer. Article

> Analysts on both sides of the Atlantic seem to have come to the conclusion that it is unlikely that Nortel Networks will emerge from bankruptcy protection as a single company. Article

> Check out these pictures from last week's IFA press conference in Malta. Slideshow

> Telefónica's fixed and O2's mobile operations merged in Germany to form a new company, the unambiguously named Telefónica O2 Germany. Article

> Sprint Nextel has begun selling the Samsung Instinct s30. Article

> Meru Networks introduced a wireless LAN solution optimized for delivering high-quality video over 802.11n networks. Article The company also announced it raised $30 million in a private funding round. Release

> The French newspaper Le Monde is questioning the viability of WiMAX in France. Article

> The Spanish mobile data market is set to double within the next five years, according to a new study from Pyramid Research. Article

And finally... In honor of Earth Day, some of the Tier 1 carriers are touting their environmental efforts. AT&T Mobility release, Sprint release