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Motorola DROID RAZR HD international edition shows up at FCC

Motorola DROID RAZR HD international edition shows up at FCC

A global edition of the oft-leaked Motorola DROID RAZR HD (XT925) has just been granted FCC approval, likely surprising nobody at all. Motorola is widely expected to unveil Verizon's version of the DROID RAZR HD - XT926 - at a press conference on September 5, so it makes sense that an international edition of the device would follow shortly afterward. This FCC approval seems to confirm that the DROID RAZR HD is an actual thing, but then again, the various leaks already did a pretty good job of that.

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FCC approves Verizon’s $3.9 billion spectrum purchase

FCC approves Verizon’s $3.9 billion spectrum purchase

The executives at Verizon are likely jumping for joy today, as the FCC has approved the company's planned spectrum acquisition. Verizon will be purchasing spectrum licenses from SprectrumCo, which is a joint venture between a number of big cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner. It's paying a lot of money for access to that AWS spectrum as well, as the total price comes in at a whopping $3.9 billion.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 22, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. This particular hump day saw news that the Department of Justice and the FBI have brought down a trio of websites that dealt in pirated Android apps, while a picture of a mini dock USB cable for the iPhone 5 surfaced as well. Microsoft announced a number of things related to the Xbox 360 today, kicking off a search for people to beta test its new dashboard update, permanently dropping the price of the Kinect by $40, and announcing Xbox 360 Essentials packs, which come packed with accessories to accommodate Xbox 360 owners.

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FCC and DoJ approve Verizon’s cable spectrum deal

FCC and DoJ approve Verizon’s cable spectrum deal

Last December, Verizon struck a deal with several cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner, to be able to leverage their AWS spectrum for wireless services. The deal has been pending approval from the FCC and DoJ, and today the regulatory bodies gave the gohead on the sale. The move is deemed to be “pro consumer” due to Verizon’s spectrum swap deal with T-Mobile in addition to making plans to allow other carriers to roam on its network.

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Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

Verizon no longer allowed to block tethering apps

This week Verizon has found itself under the legal gun for blocking tethering apps on Android and iOS devices, with the FCC fining them on top of it all for $1.25 million USD. This case appears to be forcing Verizon to adhere to Net Neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum, thusly resulting in the company having to rescind its standing policy of blocking wireless tethering without an additional fee to its smart devices. The spectrum under investigation in this case is used to operate Verizon's 4G LTE network.

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Stolen AT&T smartphones get lockdown sequence

Stolen AT&T smartphones get lockdown sequence

Starting on July the 10th, AT&T customers who've had their iPhone, Android, or any other smartphone stolen will be able to take action in a way that's totally new to the carrier. AT&T is currently near ready to launch a stolen phone database with which they'll be able to cut out voice, data, and SMS messaging from devices reported stolen while maintaining their overall account. This service will be spreading to other carriers soon as AT&T and Verizon, amongst others, have agreed to be part of an FCC pact to make this database a reality.

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Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Comcast and Boxee are collaborating on a new system that could eventually replace CableCARD and allow third-party set-top boxes like the Boxee Box to access encrypted all-digital cable broadcasts. The two companies detailed the proposed approach in a joint FCC filing, initially using an external cable box that would hook up to STBs via ethernet, but eventually migrating to a licensed integrated digital transport adapter (Integrated DTA) that would provide a more streamlined solution.

 

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LG Optimus Vu could hit Verizon

LG Optimus Vu could hit Verizon

Our pals at the FCC have let slip what appears to be a new version of the smartphone from LG called the Optimus Vu. The line art on the left-hand side of the image below is clearly the back panel of the Optimus Vu. In place of the LG logo, you'll note a model number and the 4G LTE logo.

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Google Project Glass demo units ramped up to 722

Google Project Glass demo units ramped up to 722

This week it's been tipped by no less than the FCC that Google's Project Glass will soon be expanding in a rather large way. What before looked to be the testing ground for Project Glass in the listing for a "next-generation personal communication device." While it's possible that this is not the Project Glass device exactly, it does excite us too much to simply not report that the Project Glass testing unit might soon be on the heads of more than just a few top Google representatives.

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