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The rise of cloud and big data is altering business models, and in the process shifting corporate hierarchies, too. No new hardware appeared at Google I/O, but a recently released phone debuts as a Nexus-like device. Meanwhile, Google updated Android, without adding further fragmentation issues, through dozens of new services, apps and APIs. ... according to new statistics from Onavo, which tracks actual use of mobile apps and games by "millions" of iOS users. Sprint buyout of U.S. Cellular in Chicago and St. Louis closed Friday, and it won't keep its networks running for long. Reports indicate Apple is still working out the licensing details with music publishers for its "iRadio" service. Meridian works with companies that want to bring detailed location awareness to their mobile apps using their Wi-Fi networks as guideposts. Startup Re:char hopes to deliver a low cost Android gadget plug-in that can test the moisture content and fertility of soil. Google's support for the Bluetooth Smart Ready platform in Android is one step forward for the radio technology's dominance in the internet of things. How do you deliver a new mobile operating system version without actually making it available for download? Give developers the tools to add new features through APIs and services: No muss, no fuss, and no additional device fragmentation. Google Glass is still leagues short having the thriving developer community of Android, but at I/O Google began seeding that app ecosystems with the help of six big-name web and media brands.