Sanyo Taho heads to Sprint; Verizon mobile Web service hits a glitch

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> LG will consider upgrading its Optimus Android phones with version 2.3 of the platform. Article

> Best Buy will reportedly offer the iPhone 3GS for free. Article

> The Sanyo Taho landed at Sprint Nextel. Article

> Ericsson and Comverse are reportedly tied in the market for convergent charging products. Article

> Microsoft is planning to bulk up its Windows Phone 7 team with 40 new employees. Article

> In-Stat expects U.S. operators to spend $1.4 billion on subsidizing smartphones for U.S. businesses in 2010. Release

> A network glitch rendered inoperable Verizon Wireless' mobile Web service across a large part of the country early Wednesday morning. Article

Mobile Content News

> Apple's first in-house game designer, Graeme Devine, is leaving the company to start his own firm. Article

> Zynga will extend its popular Mafia Wars franchise to Google's Android mobile operating system. Article

> Roughly 22 million U.S. subscribers viewed video content on their mobile phones in the second quarter of 2010. Article

> Facebook updated its mobile privacy controls. Article

> Social commerce juggernaut Groupon is partnering with location-based mobile media firm JiWire. Article

> Location-based mobile social network foursquare reports it is adding 25,000 new users each day. Article

> News Corp.'s tablet newspaper, the Daily, won't launch this year. Article (sub. req.)

Mobile Developer News

> Amazon Web Services will allow developers to tie their offerings directly into iPhones. Article

> Samsung said it has recorded more than 50 million application downloads via its bada platform. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> One-third of Minneapolis' city departments don't use the city's WiFi service at all but are being charged for it, reports the Star Tribune. Article

> Sprint Nextel announced international WiMAX roaming deals with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. Article

> Verizon Communications' CEO said LTE will not be a replacement for in-home cable and FiOS services. Article

> Verizon Wireless is working to keep LTE a premium service for as long as possible. Commentary

European Wireless News

> European wireless operators are asking the likes of Google and Apple to help pay for the networks needed to transmit the vendors' data services. Article

> France Telecom Orange's CEO revealed that he expected 10 times more data traffic in two years' time than seen in its network today. Article

> French Industry Minister Eric Besson announced that the country's LTE spectrum auction is on schedule to be completed by next summer. Article

> Huawei opened its own Cyber Security Evaluation Centre near Oxford in the U.K. Article

> Ericsson's chairman confirmed the company is still being affected by component shortages. Article

> West Wales has been selected by Alcatel-Lucent as the site for the U.K.'s first trial of LTE at 800 MHz. Article

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