SMS turns 20 years old; Verizon upgrades Razr Maxx, Razr HD

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> Research In Motion's BlackBerry continues to show strength in emerging markets. Article

> SMS technology is now 20 years old. Article

> Nokia Siemens Networks said it will sell its Optical Networks business unit to Marlin Equity Partners. Release

> Verizon Wireless will upgrade its Motorola Mobility Razr Maxx and Razr HD to Android version Jelly Bean. Article

> Crown Castle closed its $2.4 billion tower deal with T-Mobile USA. Article

> Nokia denied reports its planning an Android phone. Article

> The FCC is reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Camera with LTE, a device that could be bound for Verizon Wireless. Article

> LG could offer phones running its own chips. Article

Mobile Content News

> Google's Android and Apple's iOS continued to pull away from the competition in Oct. 2012, combining to control 87.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market according to a new report issued by digital research firm comScore. Article

> Media giant News Corp. will shutter its iPad-exclusive digital news journal The Daily later this month, less than two years after the publication first launched. Article

> Facebook is in negotiations to acquire multi-platform mobile messaging startup WhatsApp, TechCrunch reports. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Apple is calling the shots when it comes to which operators can offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device, as the vendor is reportedly insisting candidates' networks first pass its own independent testing of their LTE network's performance. Article

> Marvell Semiconductor is touting its new Avastar 88W8864 system-on-chip (SoC) as the industry's first 802.11ac 4x4 MIMO solution. Article

European Wireless News

> Virgin Media Business scored the first UK contract to provide free citywide coverage Wi-Fi services to the UK cities of Bradford and Leeds, the first cities to get the service outside London. Article

> Yoigo, Spain's No. 4 operator, will take the fight to its larger rivals by cutting mobile tariffs by more than 20 percent. Article

And finally… Apple CEO Tim Cook walked through Grand Central Terminal… and hardly anyone noticed. Article