Webwire: Apple sues Samsung; Quake hits TI profit

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Apple is suing Samsung, alleging that the Galaxy smartphones and tablets are too similar in design to the iPhone and iPad, and infringe on multiple Apple patents and trademarks.
 
Texas Instruments posted lower-than-expected first quarter profit of $666 million due to production disruptions from the Japan earthquake, and warned that the biggest impact from the disaster will be felt in the second quarter.
 
Telefonica may cut 20% of its 35,000-strong Spanish workforce in the next three years, as the operator shifts its attention to Latin America for growth.
 
Yahoo has raised the ire of privacy proponents over plans to start keeping detailed search records for 18 months, instead of just 90 days at present.
 
Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is still deciding whether to include its stake in KDDI into a planned share offloading to help raise money for compensation claims arising from the Fukushima disaster.
 
India's Central Vigilance Commission is probing the allocation by the telecom ministry of another telecom license – this time an ILD license supplied to Data Access in 2002 then canceled for failure to pay dues.
 
Bharti Airtel has partnered with Zoomin.com to provide its Indian broadband customers with an unlimited photo storage service.
 
Britain's Ministry of Defence has published a report warning that the growing use of remote-controlled battle drones could make war more likely by distancing armed forces from some of the horrors of the battlefield.

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