Verizon hints at LTE expansion; Cox hires Clearwire's Hart

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> Verizon Wireless plans to bring LTE network technology to "a mess" of new cities and towns Thursday. Tweet

> Microsoft provided an update on the status of its Windows Phone 7 software update for AT&T phones. Post

> Congressman Bob Latta introduced the Spectrum Innovation Act last week. Release

> Novatel launched an LTE-capable MiFi hotspot for Verizon Wireless, for $99 with a contract and after a mail-in rebate. Release

> Cox Communications said it hired Kevin Hart, a former Clearwire executive, as its new CTO. Release

> AT&T said it will offer new discounts to subscribers of its wireless and U-verse service. Release

> New restrictions in the United Arab Emirates will affect all wireless companies, said Research In Motion. Article

Mobile Content News

> Skype confirmed reports that its application for Android devices contains a flaw that could give criminals access to private user information including names, email addresses, contacts and chat logs. Article

> Sprint Nextel continues to expand its Sprint ID app bundle program, unveiling the eco-themed Green ID pack for select Android devices. Article

> Mobile Content Venture said it will roll out services in an additional 12 markets by the end of 2011. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> WiMAX and LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications saw its shares fall 18 percent on its trading debut on Friday. Article

> Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom/Orange announced they will combine their equipment purchasing activities as a way to save  $572 million to $1.3 billion during the next three years. Article

> Shipments of electronic products with embedded WLAN will exceed one billion units for the first time this year, says new research from IHS iSuppli. Article

European Wireless News

> Western Europe will trail North America in the rollout of smartphones equipped with Near Field Communications technology. Article

> Tata Teleservices reportedly agreed to buy out Virgin Group's 50 percent stake in MVNO Virgin Mobile India for an undisclosed amount. Article

> TeliaSonera and Altimo, the telecoms arm of Russia's Alfa Group, will demand the removal of Colin Williams, Turkell's chairman, at a shareholder meeting next week. Article

And finally... RIM handed out PlayBooks last night, but BlackBerry Bridge still isn't available. PlayBook goes on sale 4/19. Cutting it a bit close, RIM? Tweet