Verizon frees Droid X; Earth reaches 5 billion wireless subscriptions

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> Verizon Wireless is giving away free Droid Xs in a promotional effort. Article

> Shenandoah Telecommunications said it will sell Virgin Mobile and Boost prepaid cell phones through a new deal with Sprint Nextel. Article

> According to Ericsson estimates based on industry information, the 5 billionth wireless subscription was added Thursday, July 8. Release

> Japanese media are reporting Fujitsu is planning an Android phone. Article

> ST-Ericsson and Sagem said they will collaborate on a multimode platform for commercial multimode LTE/HSPA+ products. Release

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> U.S. Cellular teamed with TeleNav for a new navigation product. Release

> Developers are providing varying reports on the effectiveness of Apple's iAds platform. Article

> eBay's popular iPad application is now available across Apple's 77 international App Store outlets. Article

> Media giant News Corp. denied reports it is in negotiations to sell struggling social network MySpace. Article

> Research In Motion said it is poised to unveil a new spinoff of its BlackBerry App World virtual storefront optimized for the enormous Chinese market. Article

> Facebook acquired social travel startup Nextstop. Article

And finally... Problems with the iPhone 4's proximity sensor? Might be your reflective ear canal. Article