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So You Want to Use Your iPhone for Work? Uh-oh.

For lots of workers, the company BlackBerry just doesn’t cut it anymore. As people pack increasingly sophisticated smartphones in their personal life, they’re clamoring to use those gadgets in the workplace as well. And many of their bosses are loosening up.

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Coming to America: More Chinese Smartphones

Chinese smartphone makers are looking to move further into the U.S. market — aiming to supply low-cost phones to the top U.S. carriers. Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. already sell mobile devices in the U.S., but many of them are basic flip phones and mobile modems or are only for smaller prepaid-phone companies. The companies want that to change.

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Sprint Left Scrambling After AT&T Deal

The combination between AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA would leave Sprint Nextel Corp. even further behind. The surprising deal would widen the gap between Sprint and its two larger rivals, and would place it last among the national wireless carriers.

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AT&T Plans $2.7 Billion Charge

AT&T Inc. will take a pretax charge of about $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter in a move to simplify how it accounts for pension and other post-retirement benefits.

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Tech Executives: Schools, Immigration Key to Innovation

The U.S. needs to fix its primary education system, encourage talented immigrants and cut business taxes if it wants to maintain it lead in innovation, several top tech executives said Friday. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Xerox Corp. Chief Executive Ursula Burns gave the K-12 school system a “D-minus” and said fixing it is a priority.

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New Verizon Wireless CEO Dashes Into 4G Service

Verizon Wireless’s new chief executive, Daniel Mead, is pulling right into the fast lane. Two months after he took the job Oct. 1, Verizon plunked down its biggest bet in years by launching an expensive new fourth-generation wireless broadband network.

What to Do With Photos Piling Up in a Phone

A large number of photo apps have cropped up that allow you to tweak pictures, add filters, tag on information about subject and location, and post them on social-networking sites, writes Roger Cheng. Note: Walt Mossberg is on vacation and will return Dec. 16.
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Clearwire Cuts Jobs Amid Cash Crunch

Wireless operator Clearwire Corp. warned its continued losses and uncertainty about new financing raises substantial doubt its ability to continue to operate.

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T-Mobile, Sprint Sow Confusion Over "4G"

Get ready for a confusing new war of words in the cellphone business. While many American consumers are still scratching their heads over what exactly to make of current 3G mobile technology, carriers are already aggressively rolling out claims of faster, next-generation service on networks they’re spending billions of dollars to upgrade.

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Sprint to Sell Samsung Tablet for $400

Sprint Nextel Corp. said it plans to sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Galaxy Tab tablet computer for a third less than Verizon Wireless, though Sprint will require a long-term contract. Sprint will sell the device for $399.99 in exchange for a two-year commitment to a data service plan. Sprint will begin selling the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 14, three days after Verizon Wireless.