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Nancy Gohring is a freelance journalist who started writing about mobile phones just in time to cover the transition to digital. She's written about PCs from Hanover, cellular networks from Singapore, wireless standards from Cyprus, cloud computing from Seattle and just about any technology subject you can think of from Las Vegas. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Computerworld, Wired, the Seattle Times and other well-respected publications.

Verizon Xoom first to get Android 3.1, movie rentals

Motorola on Wednesday said users of its Xoom tablets on Verizon will be the first to get the new Android 3.1 update and the first to be able to rent movies from the Android Market.

iSuppli: Smartphone shipments fell from Q4 to Q1

Smartphone shipments dipped in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter, a type of decline that hasn't happened for a couple of years, according to market research firm iSuppli.

New tools to help iPhone, Android developers build on Azure

Microsoft is releasing tools aimed at making it easier for developers to build iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps that use Windows Azure.

Antitrust suit puts Apple at heart of pay-limiting scheme

A California class action lawsuit puts Apple at the center of a conspiracy involving Google, Adobe, Intel and others to keep employee wages down.

Xoom does better than expected

Motorola Mobility shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first month the device was available, the company said on Thursday as part of its first-quarter earnings report.

Supreme Court decision makes it harder to form class suits

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a decision that will make it harder for consumers to bring class-action lawsuits against providers of products and services such as mobile phones and cable TV.

Lawmakers quiz Apple, Google about location tracking

Minnesota Senator Al Franken and the attorney general of Illinois have separately pressed Apple and Google to provide more information about the location data they collect about their end users.

Free download of paid apps from new daily deals site

On Tuesday, OfferedApp plans to start letting anyone download a free app each day -- if they're willing to espond to a survey, sign up to play a free game online, or download a toolbar.

Survey: iPhone stays on top for enterprises

Good Technology, which offers software for securing and managing mobile phones and tablets in the enterprise, released data about its customers' phone and tablet activations during the first quarter, providing a snapshot of phone and tablet preferences in the enterprise.

AT&T, T-Mobile take first steps toward deal approval

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday received a request to transfer T-Mobile's licenses to AT&T, one of the first steps in the lengthy process for approving the merger of the two companies.

Supreme Court to hear Microsoft, i4i case Monday

Patent attorneys and inventors of all types are closely watching a Microsoft case that the U.S. Supreme Court will start to consider on Monday.

Microsoft accuses Google of lying about Apps for Government

One of Microsoft's top lawyers says that Google has been falsely claiming that its Google Apps for Government service has an important certification.

Report: Apple investigates Verizon iPad 2 problem

Apple is reportedly investigating complaints from iPad 2 owners who say they can't connect to Verizon's cellular network.

Time Warner asks judge to decide on iPad streaming

Time Warner has asked a judge to rule on whether it has the right to let customers stream cable content to their iPads.

FCC may require mobile data roaming

With some mobile operators making it difficult for people to use data services while roaming on their networks, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is now working to develop a rule that would require them to negotiate reasonable data roaming deals with other operators.