Nancy GohringWriter, IDG News Service

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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.

RIM to allow Android apps on PlayBook

Research In Motion says that users of its PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android and Java applications.

Microsoft updates Bing for mobile browsers

Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out some updates to its Bing for Mobile browser service including real-time public transportation updates for select cities and the inclusion of apps in results when searching on the iPhone.

Verizon offers refunds for fraudulent SMS messages

Verizon on Wednesday said that it filed a lawsuit this week against a group of people and related companies that it alleges duped people into signing up and and getting charged for premium short message services.

Xoom 4G upgrade could take more than six days

Users will have to send their Motorola Xoom tablets away for a week in order to upgrade them to 4G, Verizon Wireless says.

Google CEO regrets Nokia's choice, hails Android success

Google CEO Eric Schmidt took to the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Tuesday to talk up the Android OS for tablets and phones.

Motorola exec: Windows Phone was too late, too little

Motorola appears to have firmly shut the door on the possibility of using Windows Phone software.

Motorola buys Android security company 3LM

Motorola Mobility said on Monday that it has bought 3LM, a company that develops enterprise security and device management products for Android devices.

Ruckus gateway adds Wi-Fi to cell networks

Ruckus Wireless has developed a gateway that offers a first step toward a time when smartphone users will automatically roam onto Wi-Fi networks to use data services.

Microsoft to pay out "billions" as part of Nokia deal

Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the world's largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay "billions" of dollars for the privilege.

Galaxy S 4G and LG G-Slate coming soon to T-Mobile

T-Mobile offered a few more details on Tuesday about two upcoming devices that will run on its HSPA+ network.

Apple hit with another suit alleging privacy violations

Apple has been hit with another lawsuit accusing it of privacy violations for the way it shares information collected from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users with advertisers.

Google copied Java in Android, expert says

An intellectual property expert has uncovered 43 instances where it appears that Google copied Java code without permission in the most recent versions of the Android operating system.

Nokia said to cancel smartphone launch with AT&T

The Wall Street Journal says that Nokia has canceled the launch of a touchscreen phone that it planned to introduce exclusively with AT&T at the Mobile World Congress Show next month.

DOJ indicts president of LCD maker

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted the president of Taiwanese display maker HannStar, making him the 22nd executive to be charged in an ongoing investigation into price fixing in the LCD industry.

4G war of words is on

As mobile operators stepping up their efforts to promote their improved data networks, smartphone users could struggle to make sense of it all.