News In Brief: Cisco, NTT DoCoMo, Visa, Sprint, Infonetics, Arieso, Gartner

Cisco yesterday claimed two firsts in satellite technology – updating the software of an IP router on an orbiting bird, and conducting a VoIP call without using terrestrial infrastructure.
NTT DoCoMo and Dai Nippon Printing will develop an e-publishing partnership into a full-blown joint venture. A third partner, CHI Group, will join the pair in establishing 2Dfacto on December 21, which will have combined start-up capital of 980 million yen (€8.8 million).
Visa has launched a mobile contactless payment service using microSD cards in BlackBerry, iOS and Android smartphones. The service – developed over 18 months with DeviceFidelity – is initially available in the US.
US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has confirmed he called Sprint's CEO to discuss “deep concerns” over Huawei’s involvement in the cellco’s 4G network tender last month. Huawei and ZTE were subsequently excluded from the process.
Sales of Ethernet switches are on track to hit a record $18.5 billion (€13.9 billion) in 2010, after hitting a quarterly high of $4.7 billion in the third quarter, according to research firm Infonetics. North America and EMEA recorded the highest sales growth during the period.
iPhone 4 users connect to data networks for longer than iPhone 3G owners, with usage up 67%, research by Arieso shows. Owners of the latest model also download 41% more data, the network management software firm revealed.
Global e-reader sales will grow 80% to 6.6 million units in 2010, and continue growing to 11 million units in 2011, Gartner forecasts.