Verizon Wireless swaps out Samsung Fascinates; RIM rolls out social apps with new BBM

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@FierceWireless: RT @gigaom: Apple vs. Samsung: the real battle for mobile supremacy. Article | [email protected]

> Verizon Wireless represents only a small part of Apple's iPhone growth trajectory. Article

> The Wall Street Journal reported on missteps at Motorola. Article (sub. req.)

> Research In Motion launched its BlackBerry Messenger 6 offering with connected applications. Article

> According to Nielsen, Android is the country's top smartphone operating system and Apple is the country's top smartphone maker. Article

> Verizon Wireless is reportedly swapping out misbehaving Samsung Fascinates. Article

Mobile Content News

> Qualcomm introduced its augmented reality SDK for developers. Article

> According to Nielsen, 3 percent of Netflix users are watching the service on their mobile phones. Post

> Trover, a new Seattle-based startup chaired by founder and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton, unveiled its eponymously named free iPhone application. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> IPWireless announced a new end-to-end LTE product portfolio for federal, state and local governments. Article

> Verizon Wireless announced that its first 4G LTE-enabled notebook and the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on sale via its website. Article

> Thanks to higher sales and a restructuring effort, WiMAX vendor Alvarion reported a profit for the second quarter--its first quarterly profit since the third-quarter 2008. Article

European Wireless News

> Two of the leading firms in their sectors, France Telecom Orange and BNP Paribas, will launch a mobile banking service in France this November. Article

> The Dutch telco KPN surprised industry analysts by announcing an 11 percent decline in net profit in the second quarter. Article

> Vodafone will accelerate its deployment of LTE in Germany through an agreement with euNetworks to use its fibre network for backhaul in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Article

And finally... FierceMobiCo: Our list of the best mobile apps of July '11 includes an app about penguins from @calacademy How can you go wrong? Special report