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> Nokia CEO Stephen Elop appeared to hint at the possibility that Nokia could build Android phones in the future, but Nokia later clarified his comments. Article

> Alcatel One Touch is looking to translate its success in China and other markets to the United States this year, and plans to release some of its new Android smartphones in the U.S. market during the second half of the year, according to a senior company executive. Article

> Huawei used its press conference here at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show to unveil two new high-end smartphones, the 5-inch Ascend D2 and massive, 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, which it dubbed the world's largest-screen smartphone. Article

> FreedomPop plans free SMS through TextPlus deal. Article

> TracFone's Straight Talk announced a cell phone exchange program. Post

> AT&T Mobility said a renewed call for interoperability in the 700 MHz band by a group of legislators does not address the problem of interference from Channel 51. Post

> AT&T blasted a request by Clearwire and Sprint Nextel to ensure a spectrum screen does not apply to 2.5 GHz licenses. Post

> Intel announced a new, low-cost chip for phones in emerging markets, the Atom Z2420, also dubbed Lexington. Article

> Sharp said it is not in talks with Intel for a possible financial injection. Article

> Sony released its new Xperia Z Android phone. Post

> Samsung expects to report another quarter of significant profits, partially on the back of its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II products. Article

> U.S. Cellular agreed to purchase Verizon Wireless'  700 MHz A Block license covering Oklahoma City and 31 other counties within the state of Oklahoma. The license covers a total of 1.9 million people. Post

> ZTE said it will integrate Nuance's speech recognition technology into its phones. Article

> AT&T Mobility said it selected Ericsson to provide testing and verification for devices within its Global SIM Program. Release

> ST-Ericsson unveiled a new NovaThor LTE-enabled smartphone application processor. Release

> AT&T Mobility will pay a civil penalty of $750,000 and spend $625,000 under a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the agency's requirements on the storage of sulfuric acid and diesel fuel at cell sites. Release

> NPD pegged 2013 as the year that tablet sales will overtake sales of netbooks. Article

> Xpal's SpareOne announced its new SpareOnePlus phone that offers calling service powered by a single AA battery. Article

Mobile Content News

> eBay reorganized its mobile group. Article

> Verizon Wireless said it will sell the Moga mobile gaming controller. Post

> Apple's iOS powered 53.3 percent of all smartphones sold in the U.S. during the 12-week-period ending Nov. 25, 2012, up from 35.8 percent in the year-ago period, according to new data published by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Article

> Apple said it will not sell an iOS game about the war in Syria. Article

Mobile Developer News

> How to find, keep and maximize your iPhone or Android app's 'power users.' Special Report

> A record-breaking period of app downloads over the recent holiday season is just the beginning of a gift to developers that will keep on giving, according to a market research study. Article

And finally… Apple's Tim Cook is returning to China. Article