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> Verizon Wireless announced a global WiFi modem. Article

> The Samsung Intercept is Virgin Mobile's first Android phone. Article

> Samsung will test WiMAX 2. Article

> Tessco rejected an acquisition offer from its largest shareholder. Article

> AT&T will get an $8.3 billion tax benefit. Article

> Microsoft tapped Andy Lees as its new head of mobile. Article

Mobile Content News

> Digital streaming music service Spotify extended its services to Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform. Article

> MobiTV is moving into the living room. Article

> Google once again opened its wallet, this time acquiring BlindType. Article

> The Walt Disney Company named John Pleasants and James Pitaro co-presidents of its Walt Disney Interactive Media Group unit. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Licenses for 2.6 GHz aren't generating much interest in Europe. Article

> The Aspen Institute released a proposed plan for making broadband available to 99 percent of the U.S. population in the next decade. Article

> Bridgewater Systems and Sandvine are offering an integrated system they said will allow mobile operators to support tiered pricing and personalized data plans more easily. Article

European Wireless News

> Data revenues are expected to overtake voice revenues in seven years. Commentary

> An Orange executive said the company's approach to mhealth was to develop many new and varied services. Article

> Mobile operator capex on key network items will only see a marginal 3 percent growth in 2010, claimed a new report from ABI Research. Article

> A mobile payment trial conducted in the Spanish city of Sitges showed supermarkets are the most popular locations for the participants to use their mobile wallets. Article

> Everything Everywhere will cut another 1,500 jobs. Article

> Huge opportunities remain for mobile operators to boost their connection numbers, said Deutsche Telekom's CEO. Article

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