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March 4, 2013
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  • Judge: Samsung owes Apple $450 million less in damages
    Samsung Electronics won a victory in its federal court battle with Apple on Friday when U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh curbed Apple's $1.05 billion jury verdict from their 2012 patent trial by about 45% to $599 million. Samsung plans to appeal to reduce the award even further. Koh ruled that the jury applied an "impermissible theory" in its decision and set a new trial to reconsider the remaining damage award. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4), The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Sprint opts for keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10 over flagship Z10
    Sprint Nextel will be alone among the top four U.S. carriers in passing on BlackBerry's new Z10 touch-screen smartphone, the carrier said, adding that it prefers the lower-range Q10 model, which will feature a physical keyboard and a smaller touch screen. BlackBerry last week delivered its first major update for the Z10, which has gone on sale in some overseas markets. Preliminary sales data from Canada and the U.K. show a good number of Z10 buyers are new to BlackBerry. Separately, Yahoo said it will eliminate its BlackBerry mobile application as one of seven unsuccessful products the company will shut down. GigaOm (3/1), Bloomberg (3/2), All Things D (3/1), Reuters (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Wireless Inspires 
  • Parking-space apps are a growing business in many cities
    Companies, some of them aided by federal grants, are laying embedded sensors in thousands of parking spots in U.S. cities and relaying information to drivers about empty spaces and remaining meter time via mobile applications. Streetwise, with setups in more than 20 localities, is the only company offering the service on a broad geographic scale, but others are marketing their mobile apps in select cities. USA Today (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App delivers fetal heart rate data to providers
    A mobile application, called Essentris Fetal, was launched by CliniComp International to deliver information from fetal heart monitors to the mobile devices of health care providers. The app will be used at the Daughters of Charity Health System in California and integrated into its EMR system. Essentris Fetal can also deliver data on blood oxygen levels and contraction frequency. San Diego Business Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google CFO concedes Motorola phones need work
    Google's chief financial officer last week conceded that its Motorola Mobility smartphone lineup needs work. Motorola had 18 months' worth of product in the pipeline when Google bought the company a year ago and the Razr phones released since then are "not really to the standards that what Google would say is 'wow' -- innovative, transformative," Patrick Pichette told an analyst conference. Google has also hired mobile consultant and author Guy Kawasaki as an adviser. ReadWrite (3/1), The Verge (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gartner: Mobile app business sees continued growth
    The mobile application business is expected to achieve global download revenues of $25 billion in 2013, a 62% increase compared with last year, according to the Gartner research firm. The industry has changed in the last few years as online app markets have tightened their rules to prevent scams, although developers are still trying to figure out the most profitable models to pursue. The Wall Street Journal (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Feds will delve into ban on unlocking phones
    The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it will launch an inquiry into the recent ban on unlocking cellphones, even though Chairman Julius Genachowski conceded he is unsure the agency has any authority in the matter. The decision "raises competitive concerns," he said in an interview. The agency will review a Library of Congress interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in which the Copyright Office said it found that consumers enjoy a "wide array" of unlocked phone choices. PC Magazine (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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