Webwire: Rogers launches LTE; SKT bids for Hynix stake

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Canada's Rogers Communications has launched LTE data services in Ottawa. The operator intends to launch in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal - and to introduce 4G smartphones - in the third quarter.
 
SK Telecom and shipbuilding firm STX have both bid an initial 2.4 trillion won ($2.27 billion) for a 15% stake in semiconductor firm Hynix. SK Telecom wants to get its hands on the assets to pursue overseas expansion in areas outside of its core telecom business.
 
Apple is continuing its efforts to claim “App Store” as a trademark, threatening legal action against independent app portal GetJar on top of its ongoing lawsuit against Amazon. GetJar - which uses “app store” in promotional material but not in its brand or strapline - has vowed to stand up to the pressure.
 
Distractions caused by mobile phones and other electronic gadgets are responsible for up to 25% of car crashes in the US, according to a report from a traffic safety group, and there is no conclusive proof that hands-free phone use is safer than handheld use.
 
An equipment fault disrupted coverage and some calls for a portion of Telenor's 2G subscriber base, weeks after the operator had its largest service outage in nearly 20 years.
 
NTT DoCoMo will take a 20% stake in a mobile content JV with Chinese search firm Baidu. The operator will provide manga, Japanese games and other content to be distributed by the venture.
 
Social game developer Zynga will buy Toronto-based mobile app developer Five Mobile, as part of a bid to expand its presence into mobile gaming.
 
HTC will bolster its patent portfolio with the $300 million acquisition of Taiwanese graphics chip firm S3 Graphics, in a deal expected to close by the end of the year.

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