Webwire: iPhone 5 may have NFC; ITC to review Apple-Moto case
June 26, 2012
The latest rumors about the upcoming iPhone 5 suggest that it will come with a NFC chip embedded into the device. NFC capabilities would allow Apple to take on Google Wallet and Microsoft's planned mobile wallet offering.
The US ITC will review one of its judge's findings that Apple has violated a Motorola patent with the iPhone and iPad, and consider whether to order an import ban. A federal judge has meanwhile thrown out a separate patent battle between the companies for a second time.
Microsoft will pay $1.2 billion to acquire Yammer Inc, operator of the in-company social network Yammer, which currently has around 5 million users.
US operator Verizon Wireless has agreed to a deal to sell some spectrum rights to T-Mobile USA, and swap some other frequencies.
SK Telecom subsidiary SK Planet has signed on 5 million users of mobile payment platform Smart Wallet in the two years since its launch.
Ukraine's two largest mobile operators Kyivstar and MTS have reached a new interconnection agreement, ending a dispute that has been brewing since Kyivstar cancelled their previous arrangement.
India's IT ministry has unveiled the next generation of the “world's cheapest tablet,” the Aakash. The new Aakash 2 will have a faster processor, a longer battery life and use the latest version of Android.
Samsung expects to make another record mobile profit in the second quarter, due to strong sales of the new Galaxy S III smartphone.
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