Verizon sells more 700 MHz spectrum; RIM investigates BlackBerry that caught fire

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> AT&T Mobility launched AT&T Alerts, a new service that will proactively deliver offers, coupons and daily deals straight to AT&T wireless customers' phones. Release

> Nokia scored a deal with China Mobile for the Lumia 920T. Article

> Nokia also released the low-end Lumia 620 Windows Phone. Release

> Huawei confirmed it is working on a phablet. Article

> AT&T is offering personalized videos to help explain wireless bills to customers. Post

> Verizon Wireless sold more of its 700 MHz spectrum, this time A Block licenses to Texas-based Colorado Valley Communications. Post

> A federal judge ruled that the Apple-HTC patent settlement deal can't be sealed. Article

> Qualcomm expanded its line of Snapdragon S4 processors with quad-core CPUs for high-volume smartphones. Article

> Huawei hit back again over U.S. claims that it poses a security threat. Article

> Research In Motion is investigating why an 11-year-old's Blackberry Curve 9320 handset caught fire. Article

> Samsung Electronics named Lee Jae Yong as vice chairman in what is widely viewed as a succession plan. Article

> The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announced that it was ranked No. 41 in Inc.'s Hire Power Awards listing. Release

> Samsung opened its first mobile retail store in Paris. Post

> Redknee will acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' Business Support Systems (BSS) business. Release

Mobile Content News

> Verizon introduced Verizon Selects, a new program using location, Web browsing and mobile application usage data to serve targeted promotions to opt-in subscribers. Article

> Amazon unveiled its new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service, which offers Kindle Fire tablet users all-you-can-eat access to books, games, educational apps, movies and television shows for children between the ages of 3 and 8. Article

> Juniper Research is scaling back its expectations for the global Near Field Communications retail transactions market by $70 million, contending that Apple's decision to omit an NFC chipset from its new iPhone 5 has undermined retailer and brand confidence in the mobile payment technology. Article

> Microsoft said Windows Phone developer revenue and app downloads have doubled since the announcement of Windows Phone 8, but it is unclear what that means for the strength of the platform. Article

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