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Mobile News You Need

Here's a snapshot of other mobile news making waves right now:

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is moving to fix a major Wi-Fi security hole in its Android OS, according to AllThingsD. The search giant is altering its ClientLogin protocol after German researchers pointed out that "some Android applications transmit data in the clear, allowing an attacker to eavesdrop any transmitted information" over open hotspot networks.

  • Early GPS interference problems with LightSquared are being reported, GPS World notes. The site has posted a letter from Bill Range, the program director for New Mexico's 911 system, warning that his department's tests "substantiate concerns that the LightSquared network will cause interference to GPS signals and jeopardize 911 and public safety nationwide." Earlier Wednesday, Light Reading Mobile reported that LightSquared has pushed back the initial launch date for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network until early 2012. (See LightSquared Plans LTE Launch Next Year .)

  • Information Week reports that BlackBerry has sold an estimated 250,000 PlayBook tablets since its April 19 launch. Despite some truly wretched reviews for the first BlackBerry tablet, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky is expecting solid sales of 500,000 units for the quarter. While this is nowhere near iPad territory, it appears to be better than Motorola Mobility LLC 's Xoom tablet, which has shipped -- not sold -- 250,000 units since February. (See Moto Ships 250K Xooms But Waits on LTE.)

  • Salt SA reveals that it is supporting Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s efforts to standardize a SIM card even smaller than its currently favored micro-SIM in a bid to develop smaller devices. "We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for a smaller SIM form factor -- smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad," Anne Bouverot, Orange's head of mobile services, tells Reuters.

  • Finally, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is working on its own "Coyote" and "Hollywood" Android tablets for later this year, according to the Boy Genius Report.

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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