Samsung releases new Galaxy Tab 3s; RadioShack offering $100 in Google Play credit on HTC One sales

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> Nokia Siemens Networks is working to expand its sales in Asia. Article

> U.S. intelligence firms are hacking into Chinese text messages, according to a new leak from former intelligence technician Edward Snowden. Article

> Qualcomm completed a previously announced $120 million investment in Sharp, and is now its third-largest shareholder. Article

> MVNO Karma introduced its new Karma Packs, which the company said allows users to pay less for a hotspot by purchasing more data upfront. Post

> Sony's SmartWatch will reportedly support NFC. Article

> Samsung will versions of its new Galaxy Tab 3 tablet in the United States that offer 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch screens. Release

> The Federal Aviation Administration won't finalize rules for mobile phones on airplanes for the next few months. Article (sub. req.)

> RadioShack is offering a $100 Google Play credit with the sale of the HTC One. Article

> Apple CEO Tim Cook's stock grant is now more closely tied to the company's share price performance. Article

Mobile Content News

> Photo-sharing platform Snapchat has completed a Series B financing round totaling $80 million, vaulting the startup's pre-money valuation to $800 million, TechCrunch reports. Article

> Four months after agreeing to pay out more than $100 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by parents whose children purchased virtual goods and enhancements sold inside iPhone and iPad applications without permission, Apple is sending out notices detailing the settlement and deadlines for submitting reimbursement requests. Article

> Facebook is quietly working on a mobile news reader application that curates content from the social network's users and digital content providers in a magazine-style visual format optimized for smartphones and tablets, The Wall Street Journal reports. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Small is in when it comes to new LTE base stations and supporting equipment, and recent announcements from NEC and NTT DoCoMo exemplify the trend. Article

> The board of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) last week voted in favor of a 700 MHz spectrum-lease agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), reported Urgent Communications. Article

> Network gear vendors' bottom lines are increasingly reliant upon LTE deployments, but even the rush to LTE is not enough to prevent the overall mobile infrastructure market from slipping. Article

European Wireless News

> A deal between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica on the acquisition of O2 Ireland could be on the cards very soon, according to a report from Bloomberg. Article

> Ericsson has been on an LTE roll this week, claiming a first with LTE roaming in Europe and winning a major deal to provide network infrastructure in Russia. Article

Cable News

> Apple may be developing a "wand" remote control containing fingerprint sensors that could be used to authenticate viewers and deliver personalized content, according to a patent application obtained by FierceCable. Article

> A report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the average American watched two hours and 50 minutes of TV daily last year, an increase from two hours and 44 minutes in 2010. Article

And finally… Nokia believes iPhone owners are mindless zombies. Video

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