News Scan: Apple confirms Beats buy; DT accepts Softbank's offer for T-Mobile US; more

>> Apple confirms Beats acquisition for $3B

Apple has confirmed reports that it is buying Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion--$2.6 billion upfront and $400 million that will vest over time. Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple once the acquisition is completed. Beats Electronics makes headphones, speakers and software, while Beats Music operates a music streaming business. Apple expects to complete the acquisition in its fiscal fourth quarter. Read more

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>> DT reportedly accepts SoftBank's offer to buy T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom has accepted SoftBank's offer to buy T-Mobile US, according to a report by Kyodo news agency cited by Wireless Week. DT is reportedly asking for an all-cash offer for its 67 percent stake in the company. Softbank acquired a majority stake in Sprint last year. Combining the third and fourth largest U.S. carrier under Softbank ownership could pose a regulatory issue in the U.S.  Read more

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>> IDC lowers tablet forecast for 2014

Market research firm IDC is lowering its 2014 forecast for tablets and 2-in-1 devices from 260.9 million units to 245.4 million units. "Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down. First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated ... Second, the rise of phablets--smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens--are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens on these phones are often adequate for tasks once reserved for tablets," says Tom Mainelli, program vice president for devices and displays at IDC. Read more

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>> Symantec buys mobile security firm NitroDesk

Security firm Symantec has acquired NitroDesk, which provides security products for mobile devices, for an undisclosed consideration, according to IDG News Service. NitroDesk's Touchdown app separates corporate data from personal data using a security container, which is important for companies that allow BYOD. Touchdown also enables IT admins to apply mobile policies to devices. Read more

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>> Turtle Wax targets DIYers with mobile social campaign

Turtle Wax is targeting DIY detailers with a mobile social campaign that encourages them to show off their detailed car. Turtle Wax is offering DIYers a chance to win a 2015 Ford Mustang when they post a "reflectie," a selfie taken in the reflection of a shiny car. "The call to action of 'Get Out There and Shine' is brought to life by the 'reflection' idea as a mobile advertising message, as well as a social-media promotion that engages consumers actively," says Tom O'Keefe, CEO of O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul. For more

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