Verizon launches ZTE USB modem; China Unicom buys 5M iPhones?

> Verizon Wireless launched a new global USB modem from ZTE USA, the AD3700, for $79.99 with a two-year mobile broadband agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Release

> China Unicom has reportedly paid $1.46 billion to buy 5 million iPhone units from Apple. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent said it appointed Ken Wirth to replace Mary Chan as the president of the company's 4G/LTE networks unit. Release

> Ubiquisys raised $11 million from existing investors ahead of what it anticipates to be a rush of large-scale femtocell deployments later this year. Article

> Vodafone Germany announced it will conduct LTE trials using Huawei equipment starting this summer. Article

> The UK retailer Marks & Spenser's is allowing customers to to use their camera phones to scan QR codes on a small number of items. Article

> Palm is waging a public relations campaign to assuage consumer privacy concerns after complaints emerged that the Palm Pre regularly transmits location and behavioral information back to the manufacturer. Article

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And finally... An AT&T executive in New England will rappel down a building as part of a fundraiser for the Daniel Webster Boy Scout Council. Release