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Mobile Minutes: In-air use, Telefonica, Songza, connected home, Facebook

Mobile device use in the air not taking off
The percentage of airline passengers using smartphones, laptops and other personal electronics has barely budged despite a new rule that allows them to stay powered up from takeoff to the time a flight touches down, according to a new report being released Wednesday.
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Deal creating top German mobile company gets OK
In a deal that creates Germany's biggest mobile phone company in terms of customers, the European Union's antitrust authority on Wednesday approved network operator Telefonica's multibillion bid to buy its competitor E-Plus under certain conditions.
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Google buys streaming-music service Songza
Google is trying to improve its streaming-music chops, scooping up Songza. The price wasn't disclosed, but Songza's 40-person team will be joining Google.
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Microsoft sides with Qualcomm in showdown over connected home
Microsoft Corp has joined Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies in a bid to establish standard ways for household devices like light bulbs and thermostats to talk to each other.
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Facebook to acquire video-advertising firm LiveRail
Facebook will acquire LiveRail, a video-advertising technology company, as the social giant looks to dramatically expand its video advertising business.
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