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Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld.

Troubled Apple Maps app sparks attack ad from Google's Motorola

Motorola Mobility, a division of Google, has created an ad that mocks the troubled Apple Maps application in iOS 6.

Starbucks to support Passbook in iOS 6 by end of September

Starbucks said Friday it will update Passbook in iOS 6 at the end of September, presumably meaning it will integrate its existing Starbucks digital payment card into the new mobile app from Apple.

Survey: iPhone 5's lack of NFC doesn't matter

More than two-thirds of U.S. consumers prefer to buy good using cash and credit cards over mobile wallets, according to a survey by CreditDonkey.com, suggesting Apple's decision to omit near-field communication from the iPhone 5 was the right call.

Apple's U.S. share of smartphones grows to 33.4 percent

Apple's iPhone share of U.S. smartphone subscribers bumped upward 2 percentage points from May through July, giving it 33.4 percent of the market, according to online tracking and analytics firm comScore.

Kindle-exclusive ebooks get lots of business

Kindle-exclusive books have been purchased, downloaded or borrowed more than 100 million times, Amazon announced Tuesday.

Samsung to fight Apple's effort to ban sales of its smartphones

Samsung said Tuesday it will "take all necessary measures" to keep its products on sale in the U.S.

Google: Apple-Samsung decision has little effect on Android

The jury's decision last week in the landmark Samsung-Apple patent battle doesn't relate to the core of the Android mobile operating system, according to Google.

Samsung expected to adjust designs after $1B jury award to Apple

Samsung intends to fight Friday's landmark jury award of $1 billion to Apple over smartphone and tablet patent violations--possibly for years.

Mobile payments leap ahead, but consumers may not be ready

Mobile payment technologies are finally vaulting forward in the U.S. after years of slow advances

Starbucks invests $25 million in Square payment processor

Starbucks is investing $25 million in mobile payment venture Square, and will allow customers to use a Pay with Square smartphone application to buy coffee.

Verizon Wireless reveals 20GB shared data plan, and four others

Verizon Wireless Tuesday revealed that there are five additional data tiers over and above the six tiers announced with its Share Everything plans earlier this summer.

Sprint drops 16GB iPhone 4S to $150

Sprint has cut the price of the 16GB iPhone 4S by $50 to $150.

AT&T to launch Mobile Share shared data plans on August 23

AT&T's new voluntary Mobile Share data-sharing plans for consumers and business customers will be available Aug. 23, the carrier announced Monday.

Analysts: Nexus 7 kills Kindle Fire, but isn't up to iPad

Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet is a device that's more than a competitor to Amazon's Kindle Fire, but is not on the same scale as the Apple iPad -- at least not yet, according to analysts.

Verizon launches 46 new 4G LTE markets

Verizon Wireless is adding 46 U.S. cities to its 4G LTE network on Thursday, for a total of 304 markets.