Webwire: Samsung fends off EU tab ban; Sprint takes over Clearwire

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
A UK court looks to have closed out the possibility of further Apple IP lawsuits against Samsung in Europe. The Court of Appeal upheld a previous ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab doesn’t infringe Apple patents – a decision that applies throughout the region.
 
US carrier Sprint Nextel is taking control of Clearwire after bidding around $100 million for investor Craig McCaw’s stake in the wireless operator. The move strengthens Japan’s Softbank’s US presence, given it is in the process of acquiring Sprint Nextel.
 
India's Bharti Airtel has launched 4G services in Pune, initially for post-paid customers. This is the third city in which Bharti Airtel has gone live with 4G, following Kolkata and Bangalore.
 
Apple will tomorrow open two new retail stores in China – in Beijing and Shenzhen respectively – bringing its total number of stores in Greater China to eight.
 
UK regulator Ofcom is tipped to clamp down on fixed and wireless operator contracts that allow the service providers to increase their charges before the agreements come to an end, after receiving thousands of complaints from consumers.
 
Google has threatened to stop indexing French media sites in search results if the government pushes through a proposed law requiring search engines to pay for local content.
 
Twitter has imposed the first country-specific block on a user account after announcing it had developed the ability in January. The account of far-right neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover is now inaccessible in Germany, at the request of German authorities which have declared the group illegal.
 
US operator Verizon has reported a 15.5% increase in third quarter net income to $1.59 billion, thanks to strong smartphone sales and demand for its new shared data plans.

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