Webwire: Samsung loses round in ITC case; KDDI's $2.7b cable deal

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Samsung has lost the preliminary round of a US ITC patent case filed by Apple. with a judge finding that Samsung infringes on four Apple patents. If the findings are upheld by a full commission, Samsung may be barred from importing infringing products into the US.
 
Japan's KDDI and Sumitomo have made a joint offer of up to 216 billion yen ($2.71 billion) for the remaining 29% stake in cable provider Jupiter Telecommunications that they do not own. A merger would create a cable provider with more than 53% of the nation's cable TV market.
 
PLDT's wireless subsidiary Smart has launched the Philippines' first HD voice service for its 51 million mobile subscribers.
 
Huawei has promised to become more transparent in Australia, offering unrestricted access to its source code and designs, in a bid to assuage the security concerns that led to a ban on the company participating in the state-run NBN project.
 
LG Electronics swung back to a 220.5 billion won ($199.7 million) profit for the third quarter, as the vendor's flagging smartphone business showed signs of a revival. But revenue fell 4% year on year, in a result attributed to declining feature phone sales.
 
The UAE's Etisalat has confirmed that its 26%-owned affiliate, PTCL, plans to bid for a mobile license in Pakistan during the upcoming 3G auction. The base price for the auction will be around $210 million per license.
 
Nuance Communications has launched a beta version of a mobile assistant for Android based on its Dragon speech-recognition software range. The app provides functionality similar to Apple's Siri.
 
The EU has warned Microsoft to modify the method it will use to offer new European users a choice of default web browser in Windows 8, or risk further antitrust action.

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