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Following last month's report that Deutsche Telekom had accepted Softbank's offer to buy T-Mobile US comes word that Softbank's U.S. carrier Sprint is finalizing details of a merger with T-Mobile.
Check out the hottest mobile IT news for May 27, including Samsung's standalone smartwatch, one German carrier's promise about a new iPhone in September, Intuit's acquisition of a mobile bill pay service, the expected explosion in the Asia-Pacific mobile broadband industry and Kakao's purchase of Daum.
Germany's leading telco stands by its proposal to reroute in-country traffic within German borders. Now that its chancellor appears to lend it credence, the U.S. is raising more than an eyebrow.
Smart city projects, which use machine-to-machine communications and platforms to automate transportation systems, traffic and parking management and utilities, among other things, were a hot topic at this year's Mobile World Congress.
NTT DoCoMo unveiled at the Mobile World Congress a machine-to-machine, or perhaps mammal-to-machine, product that uses a thermal sensor attached to a pregnant cow to monitor whether the cow is about to give birth in order to reduce calf mortality.
Mobile security software firm Lookout has raised $55 million in strategic funding from investors including Deutsche Telekom, Qualcomm Ventures, Greylock Partners and Mithril Capital Management. Existing investors Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures also participated in the round, which nearly matches the $75 million in funding Lookout has raised since launching in 2007.
Path is overhauling its social networking application for Apple's iOS and Google's Android, adding new private sharing features as well as a premium-priced subscription option.
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint and Vodafone top the rankings of carriers in the connected car market, according to the latest report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
Mozilla is beginning regional rollouts of the Alcatel One Touch and ZTE Open, the first commercially released smartphones running the open-source software development initiative's new Firefox OS.