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February 15, 2013
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  • Appeals Court reinstates AT&T's price-fixing claim vs. LCD companies
    AT&T said it was pleased with a ruling Thursday from a U.S. Court of Appeals panel that reinstated a price-fixing lawsuit the carrier filed against makers of liquid crystal display panels. AT&T is suing Taiwan-based AU Optronics and Samsung Electronics, among others, in one of several civil actions brought against LCD manufacturers. The court agreed with AT&T's contention that the suit did not violate the defendants' due-process rights, ruling that California law allows the claim if some of the alleged illegal activity took place in the state. Reuters (2/14), Bloomberg (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Samsung aims budget feature phones at emerging markets
    Samsung Electronics this week introduced a new line of four feature phones in India with plans to bring the $50-to-$100 handsets to Russia, Africa and South America, according to a published report. The REX phones are aimed at emerging market populations where budget models remain popular and Samsung not only competes with Apple and Google but a slew of phone makers who specialize in selling lower-cost handsets. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HTC said to drop flagship phone in U.S. next month
    HTC will release its One smartphone in the U.S. on March 22, according to an Internet report that pegs the handset -- once known as M7 -- as the Taiwanese vendor's next flagship model. AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel reportedly will sell the One starting at $200. The phone purportedly features a 4.7-inch, 1080p HD screen with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor. CNET (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developer asserts Google Play reveals too much about users
    Google's privacy policy came under fire on Wednesday from an Australian developer who claims the company had revealed too much personal information about Google Play downloaders -- something he discovered in his merchant account. Dan Nolan claimed on his Internet Hugbox blog that he had access to people's e-mail addresses and cities as well as, in many cases, their full names because Google treats its app market transactions the same way as a Google Wallet purchase. eWeek (2/14), Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CIOs chafe at flaws found in Apple's iOS 6.1
    IT executives are upset over a series of bugs discovered in Apple's recently updated iOS 6.1 operating system, saying the incident illustrates the problems caused by employees bringing their own mobile devices to work. Chief information officers have warned employees against updating their iOS devices. Microsoft suggested that IT managers prevent the devices from accessing corporate networks because the bug may cause an e-mail overload with Microsoft Exchange software. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Journal (2/14), Computerworld (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opera buys mobile-video compressor Skyfire to quicken delivery
    Browser developer Opera shelled out $155 million to buy Skyfire Labs in a move designed to strengthen and speed up its delivery of mobile video, the companies announced. Skyfire said the Rocket Optimizer video optimization software it delivers to three major U.S. carriers expands bandwidth capacity by 60%, thus speeding delivery over 3G and 4G networks. GigaOm (2/15), (U.K.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nvidia CEO: Lack of vital components stalls smartphone foray
    Chipmaker Nvidia might be a power in tablets, but its Tegra processors will continue to lag behind rival Qualcomm in smartphones because it lacks key components: a chip that integrates an applications processor and a Long-Term Evolution modem, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said following the company's earnings release on Wednesday. "Smartphones ... this is an area where we'll need to have an LTE modem to be successful. We'll have some phone success this year, but we don't expect to have a whole lot of phone design wins until we engage the market with LTE," he told analysts. GigaOm (2/14), The Verge (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • Obama calls for action against litigious patent holders
    President Barack Obama on Thursday called on Congress to take tougher action against patent holders who routinely sue technology companies even though they do not actually make any products. Many companies who might have a strong legal case against the litigants -- often referred to as "trolls" -- prefer to settle rather than incur legal costs. "Our efforts at patent reform only went halfway to the point where they need to go," Obama said in an online chat session, adding that it was also important to protect intellectual property rights. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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