Sony plans marketing push for Xperia Z; Sprint upgrades Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to Jelly Bean

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> Sony plans its biggest marketing push ever for its Xperia Z. Article

> MVNO Republic Wireless is offering a $50 credit on Google Play to new subscribers. Post

> Sony Chairman Howard Stringer is quitting his position in June. Article

> Samsung said demand is tepid for Windows 8. Article

> Sprint Nextel's Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has been upgraded to Jelly Bean. Article

> A judge declined to suspend Apple's case against Samsung that includes its Siri service. Article

> Jolla hired the designers for Huawei and Nokia phones for its planned Sailfish OS device. Article

Mobile Content News

> PayPal is rolling out a series of new tools enabling developers to offer more frictionless payment experiences within their mobile applications. Article

> Mozilla said it will not expand its Firefox browser to the iOS mobile operating system until Apple relaxes its stance against third-party browser technology. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Apple's alleged policy of restricting LTE network support in its iPhone 5 continues to frustrate international operators that cannot get the vendor to include support for their LTE networks in the device. Yet one quite small domestic U.S. operator will launch the device this week, along with full LTE support for its rural operation. Article

> Ericsson and InterDigital joined the four-month-old Hypervoice Consortium, which aims to set standards for morphing regular voice communications into native Web objects that are searchable, shareable and linkable. Article

European Wireless News

> Should Vodafone sell its stake in Verizon Wireless? Editor's Corner

> Operators stand to lose more than $3 billion in mobile messaging revenues will be lost to operators between 2012 and 2017 as consumers are attracted to use over-the-top messaging services, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Article

> Ericsson said that its share of the overall network equipment market slumped from 27 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012, based upon preliminary company data. Article

And finally… Google made a talking shoe. Article