News Scan: FCC probes mobility, net neutrality nexus; Microsoft loses $1.2B on Surface;


>> FCC seeks comments on net neutrality and mobility

The Federal Communications Commission is asking for public input on the implications of net neutrality rules for mobile, reports Mobile Marketer. "The FCC is in a really tough spot dealing with just what's on its plate to try to pull mobile into the equation right now ... Competitive forces could help enforce non-discrimination in mobile in ways it can't in fixed where there are sometimes only one or at most two broadband carriers in a market," Rich Karpinski, senior analyst with the Yankee Group, tells Mobile Marketer. The FCC is particularly interested in public comment on whether its no-blocking rule should continue to make a distinction between fixed and mobile broadband, the report notes. Read more

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>> Microsoft loses $1.2B on its Surface tablet so far

Microsoft has lost $1.2 billion on its Surface tablet, Computerworld reports. This figure includes a $900 million write-down for Surface and a $300 million loss from the third quarter of 2013. On Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil new Surface tablets and possibly a revamped tablet strategy to get Surface out of the red. "Although Microsoft has been parsimonious in the details it declares of the Surface's financial performance, the business has clearly been a money pit," the report notes. Read more

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>> Groupon unveils iPad-based POS system called Gnome

Online coupon firm Groupon has unveiled an iPad-based point-of-sale system called Gnome, which is integrated with Groupon's infrastructure, AppleInsider reports. Consumers with the Groupon app on their smartphone will be recognized when they enter the store, allowing them to redeem coupons automatically. The system also functions as a standalone POS system able to process transactions with cash or payment card. Read more

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>> EMM vendor Good Technology files for $100M IPO

Enterprise mobility management firm Good Technology has filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The number of shares and the price range have not been determined, the company said in a release. Reports indicate that the IPO could be worth $100 million. Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup will act as joint book-running managers for the offering, while Oppenheimer will act as a co-manager. Read more

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>> Phablet users' consume media differently than smartphone, tablet users

Phablet users' media consumption habits differ from smartphone and tablet users, according to a study by Opera Mediaworks. Social networking is the top category for phablet use, 54 percent of impressions, compared with just 27 percent of impressions for all mobile devices. Phablet users' consumption of sports and news is low compared to smartphone users. Tablets still outpace tablets when it comes to consumption of games and music, video and media. Read more

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