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December 26, 2012
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  • For 2013, hardware, software giants will escalate bubbling rivalries
    The competitive lines separating technology giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon will probably increasingly disappear next year as software and hardware vendors seek greater roles in the emerging wireless world, according to analysts. They cite Google's expected escalation of its manufacture of Android smartphones, Amazon's reported testing of its own phone, Facebook's transition to a mobile-centric company and Apple's potential forays into home-entertainment devices as well as a need to improve mobile search features such as Siri. "They are all getting into each other's market. It is a land grab in a way" to appeal to developers, said analyst Greg Sterling of Opus Research. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Samsung sues Ericsson over patents, asks for U.S. sales ban
    Samsung Electronics escalated its patent fee fight with Sweden's Ericsson, saying today that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission aimed at obtaining a ban on the telecom gear maker's imports. The legal maneuver followed a similar move last month by Ericsson as well as an earlier suit Ericsson brought against Samsung in federal court over terms of a licensing deal. Samsung charged that Ericsson has violated seven or more of its wireless patents. Reuters (12/25), The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T dumps Motricity, sends stock reeling
    Motricity, already facing a Nasdaq delisting, suffered another blow last week when its hosting service lost AT&T's MediaNet and portals, leaving it with the carrier's AppCenter market. Those businesses accounted for 42% of Motricity's nine-month revenues this year, which had declined 9% as the company sought to reinvent itself as an advertising and marketing solutions provider. The company's shares lost one-third of their value Monday following the regulatory filing Friday. The Seattle Times (12/24), GeekWire (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RIM calling fewer shots with carriers on service fees
    Research In Motion has found its negotiating leverage with global carriers over service fees slipping as the BlackBerry has lost significant market share -- even in emerging countries -- while its new phones are primed to use much more data than its traditional bandwidth-thrifty models, according to analysts. "RIM’s high-margin services revenue stream is slated to come under significant pressure as operators push back on sharing data revenue," said analyst Avi Silver of Credit Agricole Securities. Also at RIM, images of its emerging BlackBerry 10 N-Series devices, equipped with keyboards, have appeared on the Web. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/24), VentureBeat (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health care apps may make major clinical strides in 2013
    Consumers, who have been reluctant to download mobile health applications other than those focused on fitness and weight, might reach for more clinical apps in 2013 as the range of monitoring and disease management software broadens. Regulatory changes are also expected to encourage the growth in clinical software, according to industry analysts. GigaOm (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nokia said to prep Windows RT tablet with keyboard cover
    Details have emerged on Nokia's plans to release a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet early next year that will come equipped with a cover containing a battery and doubling as a keyboard and kickstand, according to an online report that suggests AT&T will market the device in the U.S. Connectivity will also come from HDMI and USB ports on the device, which will compete with Microsoft's own Surface tablet. CNET (12/24), The Verge (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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