Sprint, Verizon line up BlackBerry Bold 9930 launch; LightSquared inks deal with EarthComm

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> Sprint will launch the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 on Sunday, Aug. 21.  Release

> LightSquared signed a multi-year wholesale deal with EarthComm Solutions. Release

> Verizon Wireless is selling the BlackBerry Bold 9930 via its Web site for $250 with a two-year contract. Article

> Altair Semiconductor said its TD-LTE chipset embedded in a USB dongle achieved download speeds of more than 100 Mbps. Release

> Nuance Communications announced an agreement to acquire Loquendo, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia. Release

> netTALK purchased a 23,000-square-foot data center. Release

Broadband Wireless News

> Shares of Clearwire rose 20 percent on Friday on speculation that it could receive more funding from Sprint Nextel. Article

> The outdoor picocell market is projected to reach $8 billion in global revenues by 2016, according to ABI Research. Article

> A research firm predicts the public-safety wireless broadband market will have a total spending of $34.7 billion by the end of 2020. Article  

Mobile Content News

> Musician Björk released an "app album" that features 10 songs, each accompanied by an interactive app. Article

> In-Stat predicts the number of 3D capable mobile devices will grow to 148 million by 2015. Release

European Wireless News

> Operators aren't helping consumers by offering more than 1.4 million different payment plans. Commentary

> Huawei is preparing to offer its first branded handset in the U.K. market as early as next month. Article

> And finally... Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless have figured out a way to track your pet using GPS. Release