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SoundHound updates music discovery app

Music discovery app company SoundHound announced the addition of a LiveLyrics feature to its product, enabling customers to see lyrics in time with music they hear playing or which is stored on their Apple iOS devices.

Verizon boasts strong wireless adds for Q2; names new CEO

Verizon Wireless has strengthened its lead in the US market, adding 2.2 million new wireless customers (net) in Q2 – double the 1.1 million figure reported by nearest rival AT&T yesterday. Meanwhile, the operator’s parent – Verizon Communications – announced that its board has selected current President and COO Lowell C. McAdam (pictured) as its new CEO, replacing Ivan G. Seidenberg.

AT&T gets Nexus S

AT&T is to start selling Google’s flagship Android phone, the Samsung Nexus S via Best Buy stores and online, costing US$99.99 on a two-year contract.

TruePosition accuses Ericsson, Alca-Lu and Qualcomm of location foul-play

Location technology company TruePosition filed a lawsuit alleging that “three of the largest telecommunications companies in the world are illegally conspiring to eliminate” its emergency positioning technology.

PayPal to run a mobile trial with major retailer by end-2011

PayPal will have a mobile payment trial up-and-running with a major US retailer before the year-end, according to parent eBay’s chief executive John Donahoespeaking during an analyst call for the e-commerce site’s Q2 2011 results.

AT&T defends T-Mobile deal; reports sound Q2

A top US antitrust politician has voiced his opposition to AT&T’s proposed US$39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, calling for both the US justice department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the deal on competition grounds.

Patent holder InterDigital exploring possible sale

US mobile patent holder InterDigital said it has “initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternatives for the company, which may include a sale or other transaction.”

Sprint appears to have delayed LTE announcement

Reports suggest that US operator Sprint Nextel has delayed a long-expected announcement that it will adopt LTE technology.

FDA seeks input into medical app proposals

The US Food and Drug Administration said it is “seeking input” into its proposed approach to monitoring mobile healthcare apps.

Cisco to slash 6,500 jobs

Cisco has made good on a pledge to significantly trim its work force to improve the company’s profitability, disclosing plans to shed 6,500 employees, or 9 percent of its workforce, reports the Wall Street Journal.