Sprint repairs outage in Northwest; Verizon may be prepping Nokia Lumia 'Atlas' phone

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> Sprint fixed the two fiber cuts that disrupted the company's wireless service in the Northwest. Article

> A leaked image hints that Verizon may be preparing to launch a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphone described as the "Atlas."   Article

> Microsoft's first Windows Phone 8 devices will reportedly be available for pre-order in the U.S. Oct. 21.  Article

> Sprint announced four new LTE devices, including the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Release 

> Nokia Siemens Networks unveiled its new CEM on Demand portfolio for carriers. Release

> Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said that Research in Motion may not launch its BlackBerry 10 devices until March 2013.  Article

> RIM's PlayBook tablet has been pulled from online stores in U.S. and Canada, signaling a new model may be arriving soon. Article

> STMicroelectronics and Ericsson are working with an external advisor to determine the future of their ST-Ericsson chipset joint venture.  Release

> ZTE is planning to launch an Android-powered digital set-top box with 3D capabilities. Article

Mobile Content News

> More than 7,000 retail outlets, including T-Mobile USA's retail stores, will begin selling the Moga mobile gaming system. Article

> The number of consumers purchasing physical goods remotely via mobile device is poised to increase by roughly 50 percent, from 393 million in 2012 to 580 million in 2014, according to a new forecast issued by Juniper Research.  Article

> Opera Software released version 12.1 of its Opera Mobile browser for Android. Article

Mobile Developer News

> iBuildApp and the DIY threat to developers. Editor's Corner

> How can mobile game developers make money? Special report

And finally ... A drug-sniffing dog is the only member of a New Mexico town's police force. Article