Sprint to sell Vital Android smartphone for $99; Samsung outs Galaxy Ace 3

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> Microsoft reportedly managed to retrieve a lost phone running a prototype version of its Windows Phone operating system. Article

> HTC is reportedly preparing to launch a mini version of its One Android phone. Article

> Sprint Nextel will sell the ZTE-made Vital Android smartphone, with a 13-megapixel camera, for $99 with a contract. Release

> Comcast said that it will use new Wi-Fi gateways that it is deploying in subscriber homes to expand the footprint of its Xfinity Wi-Fi network, creating "millions" of access points for its high-speed Internet customers. Article

> Intel is reportedly prepping its own smartphone user interface, dubbed Obsidian. Article

> Globalstar and Jarvinian said they successfully tested Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) technology using equipment from Ruckus Wireless. Release

> Samsung Electronics announced the Galaxy Ace 3. Article

> U.S. Cellular is reportedly preparing to sell the ZTE Imperial Android smartphone. Article

> Consumer Cellular introduced a new home phone offering. Article

> A number of technology companies have tacitly acknowledged their participation in the National Security Agency's Prism data-collection program. Article

Mobile Content News

> Leaked screenshots posted to Reddit appear to indicate that Microsoft plans to bolster its Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system with a notification center collecting various application alerts. Article

> Twilio has completed a $70 million Series D financing round co-led by Redpoint Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, with Draper Fisher Jurvetson also participating. Article

> Drew Larner is stepping down as CEO of streaming music services provider Rdio, Bloomberg reports. Larner is currently spearheading a search for his successor, and he plans to transition to the role of executive chairman once the new CEO is installed. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Sierra Wireless rolled out its AirPrime AR7550 embedded wireless module, designed for automotive telematics and infotainment systems and specifically developed for use on Verizon Wireless' LTE network. Article

> AT&T, battling to keep regulators from restricting its access to spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, said spectrum set-asides proposed by T-Mobile US would curtail auction proceeds earmarked for public-safety communications and thus deprive first responders of the modern communications tools they need. Article

> SoftBank's planned $20.1 billion purchase of a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel was cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice, giving a boost to SoftBank as it initiates a $4.2 billion bond offering. Article

European Wireless News

> Bouygues Telecom said it will launch LTE services across France on Oct. 1, claiming it will be able to provide the high-speed mobile services in 100 cities by that date. Article

> Germany's operators are expanding their retail presence as they seek to win larger shares of an increasingly competitive market, with data services and LTE firmly at the top of their agendas. Article

> Telecom Italia has not abandoned hopes of a possible merger with 3 Italia, but reports say a tie-up with Hutchison Whampoa looks increasingly unlikely. Article

And finally… Samsung will now allow its employees to wear short sleeve collar shirts during the summer. Article

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