Tier 1 carriers now offer voice, text usage alerts; EU reportedly considering ZTE, Huawei investigation

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> Colorado Valley Communications Inc. of La Grange, Texas, joined the NetAmerica Alliance. Release

> PTel Mobile launched its new GIV Mobile brand, which the company said is "the first consumer conscious no-contract mobile service that is dedicated to donating 8% of monthly 'Unlimited Everything' plans to a non-profit charity of the customer's choice." Release

> CTIA said all four major U.S. carriers--Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA--are offering usage alerts for voice, text, data and international roaming. Release

> Samsung said it will discontinue anonymous Internet reviews following a probe of the practice. Article

> A regulator in the United Kingdom plans to investigate the low prices paid in the country's recent spectrum auction. Article

> A European Union official is reportedly seeking support to investigate ZTE and Huawei. Article

> Despite the fact that neither Samsung, Microsoft, Google nor Apple has yet officially released a smart watch, ABI forecasts sales of 1 million smart watches this year. Release

> Jolla plans to show off its Sailfish phone next month. Article

> Facebook reportedly hired an Apple Maps executive for its mobile push. Article

> Intel's profit tumbled in its most recent quarter, but the company's outlook is relatively bright. Article (sub. req.)

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> Facebook will bring the Chat Heads messaging multitasking feature of its Home launcher for Google's Android to the Facebook app for Apple's iOS this week, according to a senior Facebook executive. Article

> Pandora's primary focus for growth is now mobile, with over 75 percent of total listening hours coming from mobile or other connected devices. Article

> Mentions of the word "Boston" rose 200 times the normal rate following the explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday, according to Michael Sippey, vice president of consumer products at Twitter. Article

And finally… A judge fined himself when his phone rang during a trial. Article

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