THE WRAP: Patent pursuits, and the CDMA iPhone

Robert Clark
08 Oct 2010

This week the handset firms pursued each other in patent courts, while Apple began prepping the first CDMA iPhone.

Apple was ordered to pay $626 million to a startup for using its software to display album covers and other digital files on Macs and iPhones.

Motorola claimed in the International Trade Commission claiming that Apple had infringed 18 of its patents, while Microsoft took aim at Android in a suit against Motorola, alleging it was using its software for essential features such as email sync.

Verizon Wireless is set to break AT&T’s lock on the iPhone, with Apple ramping up mass production of a CDMA iPhone. The US carrier expanded its LTE rollout, announcing it will start service in 38 cities by year-end.

Verizon said it would pay return up to $90 million to customers in excess data mobile data fees and faces a possible fine from the FCC.

IDA Singapore called off its second attempt to auction 3G frequencies after only the three incumbents bid.

Russian carrier Vimpelcom acquired Naguib Sawiris’s telecom assets for $6.6 billion, taking control of Orascom Telecom and Italian telco Wind.

Adobe’s stock spiked after a report of a secret meeting between CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer.

Qualcomm stopped selling its FLO mobile TV service in the US and began talks with potential buyers. BT is once more seeking an exit from its 31% stake in Indian IT firm Tech Mahindra.

Twitter and Skype hired new CEOs. NTT DoCoMo will start selling Samsung’s top-end Galaxy S smartphone by the end of the month.

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