AT&T Launches Location-Based Shop Alerts

AT&T has partnered with location-based mobile marketing platform Placecast to provide users with ShopAlerts, special offers sent to their mobile phones when they are near a store or brand.

The location-based mobile messaging service will be available for AT&T customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco who have opted-in to receive messages.

AT&T To Start Selling Kindle 3G

AT&T said people will be able to test the Kindle in its 2,200 U.S. stores before making a purchase. The Kindle is also available at Staples, Best Buy and Target.

"Amazon has without question pioneered the eReader space with Kindle, and it’s exciting to not only connect this device through our network, but now offer it in our stores to readers around the country," said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T.

Hackers Charged with Fraud, Conspiracy Regarding 120,000 iPad Users’ Info

Two men have reportedly been charged after allegedly hacking into AT&T’s servers and accessing email addresses and other information from 120,000 iPad users last June. The two, Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer, have been brought up on fraud and conspiracy charges, according to Reuters, which reports:

iOS 4.3 Will Reportedly Give All iPhones Personal Hotspot

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is getting the iPhone next month. One part of the announcement that excited a lot of people, beyond the extension of the iPhone’s availability was that the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless would include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, enabling users to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. 

Android Market Gets AT&T Direct Carrier Billing

Android users who are also AT&T customers should no longer have to worry about pulling out a credit card and typing a long sequence of numbers every time they want to buy an app.  Late yesterday, Google introduced an AT&T Direct Carrier Billing option for this audience.

AT&T And Verizon Aim To Create Mobile Payment Network

 AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have announced the formation of a joint venture called ISIS, a mobile payments network.

Discover Financial Services and Barclays Plc are also participating in the joint venture which will allow people to pay for purchases with their smartphones.  ISIS is expected to be introduced in larger markets during the next 18 months.

Windows Phone 7 Devices Available in the U.S. How Will They Sell?

Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in the United States today with models available in AT&T and T-Mobile, stores.

Microsoft is sharing results from a Harris Interactive survey to help push its new operating system. The thinking is that Windows phones are "designed to get users in, out and back to life."

Nexus Two Rumored To Be Coming In Less Than 2 Weeks

Rumor has it that the Nexus Two will be announced at a press conference on November 8th in New York. The announcement would come from Google and Samsung together, and the device would be he first to ship with the next version of Android – version 2.3 aka: Gingerbread. It would also be available on more than one carrier. 

Nokia Exec Compares Android to Boys Peeing Their Pants

Anssi Vanjoki , the soon-to-be former head of Nokia’s smartphone unit, has reportedly said that mobile phone makers that adopt Android are like Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter. This is according to an article from the Financial Times, which has gained a good deal of exposure today. If Android is cool, consider me Miles Davis