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Dish Network’s courtroom dance with LightSquared appears to have concluded. Reuters reports that the committee overseeing LightSquared’s bankruptcy auction confirmed Dish has withdrawn its $2.2 billion bid for the company, leaving its controversial L-band spectrum on the table. Dish has other options when it comes to building a mobile broadband network, and now LightSquared’s owners — who opposed Dish’s involvement — appear to be free to pursue their plan to lobby the FCC for relief, assuming the court plays ball.

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Mobile shopping app maker inMarket has rolled out Apple’s iBeacon technology in Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores, allowing customers with iPhones and other Bluetooth Low Energy smartphones to use their handsets as proximity-based shopping aides as they peruse the produce. The iBeacons detect where a customer is in a particular store, sending them coupons, alerts and other informational and promotional updates based on that location. inMarket is starting in San Francisco, Seattle and Cleveland, but will expand to grocery stores in other cities in the coming weeks. Shopkick announced a similar initiative with Macy’s last year.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors are already the dominant app engines in smartphones and tablets, but the company is now targeting a much larger device: the automobile. The silicon vendor announced at CES on Monday that it has developed an automotive-grade version of Snapdragon for the connected car infotainment system. The 602A chip includes a quad-core CPU, Adreno 320 GPU and additional multimedia and communication cores designed for the unique use case of the car. Qualcomm isn’t the only chipmaker that sees big opportunity in the automotive industry. Nvidia has also been pursuing the vehicle infotainment space aggressively.

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