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> The GSMA will research the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated. Release

> Ericsson is eyeing purchasing network capacity from operators and then reselling it. Article

> T-Mobile USA won a contract with the IRS. Release

> Visage Mobile raised $3.6 million in venture funding. Release

> AT&T Mobility announced it will sell Novatel's MiFi. Release

> Verizon Wireless will offer discounts to customers who purchase smartphones with family plans. Article (sub. req.)

> T-Mobile USA said it will continue to sell its Even More Plus plans, though not online. Statement

> Apple, Research In Motion and HTC are the targets of a patent-infringement lawsuit. Article

> AT&T Mobility announced it assimilated Cellular One customers in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. Release

> AT&T Mobility said it will continue to seek out deals for exclusive devices. Article

> Sprint Nextel introduced new parental controls. Release

> Apple named a former Northrop Grumman CEO to its board. Article

> Qualcomm unveiled a new iteration of its Snapdragon processor for smartphones. Article

Mobile Content News

> Downloads from Nokia's Ovi Store now total 3 million each day. Article

> Twitter introduced @mentions. Article

> The Open Rich Media Mobile Advertising initiative introduced rich media advertising specifications and an open source code. Article

> Google's Android is now tied with Apple's iOS as the leading smartphone operating system across Millennial Media's mobile advertising network. Article

> Google announced mobile editing for its Docs offering. Post

Broadband Wireless News

> Rural markets could help drive voice over LTE. Commentary

> Analysys Mason said using more expensive 3G modules for machine-to-machine deployments will make M2M applications cheaper in the long run. Article

> New tests show the speeds of T-Mobile USA's network. Article

European Wireless News

> The suggestion that Spain and Portugal might agree to eliminate roaming fees between the two states has triggered a call for the abolition of all roaming charges throughout EU countries. Article

> TeliaSonera reported that its LTE subscribers are consuming nearly three times the amount of data consumed by 3G users. Article

And finally... Steve Wozniak: Android phones have more features. Article