Webwire: Mozilla teases Firefox OS; Apple settles iPad name dispute
July 03, 2012
Mozilla has morphed its Boot to Gecko project into Firefox OS, an HTML5-based mobile platform designed for low-end smartphones. Operators including Smart, Etisalat, Deutsche Telekom and Sprint have meanwhile leant their weight to the project.
Apple will pay $60 million to settle the dispute with China's Proview Technology over ownership of the iPad trademark.
Indian GSM industry group COAI has threatened to take the telecom ministry to court, if it does not include spectrum allocated to Tata Teleservices in a reauction of the 2G frequencies controversially awarded in 2008.
Microsoft will write down all but $100 million of the $6.3 billion it paid for internet advertising company aQuantive in 2007, stating that the acquisition “did not accelerate [online advertising] growth to the degree anticipated.”
South Korea's LG Uplus may face a cashflow shortage due to recent aggressive spending on its LTE network, analysts have warned.
Separate side-by-side comparisons claim that Google search is more accurate than Apple's Siri in correctly answering queries for information, and that Google's prototype voice search feature for Android Jelly Bean performed faster than Siri when presented with the same queries.
Yahoo will shut down Indonesian social network Koprol in August, as part of efforts to dump products that do now “meaningfully drive revenue or engagement,” the company has announced.
Twitter claims to have received more requests from governments for personal user information in the first half of the year than the number of requests fielded for all of 2011.
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