News In Brief: Microsoft, 02, Nokia, Ericsson, Sybase, BT, ST Telemedia

Microsoft is off the hook in a patent dispute which could have seen it forking out €246 million to Alcatel-Lucent. A US District Court jury had determined that damages should roughly equal what Microsoft would have paid up front to license the computer input technology, but the US Appeals Court said on Friday the vendor didn't prove its technology was valuable enough to have merited €246 million in royalties.

BT and O2 are expected to make an announcement this week regarding a strategic partnership for enterprise and SME customers, according to UK media reports. Reports claim that announcement will involve product news as well as an outsourcing deal. A BT spokesperson declined to comment.
Nokia has acquired Plum Ventures, which operates the social media site Plum, for an undisclosed sum. The US-based company will be merged into Nokia's services unit.
Ericsson has launched a suite of video on demand solutions, including a device-aware backend system allowing consumers to seamlessly shift between viewing on PCs, TVs and mobile devices.
Sybase and IBM have signed a global agreement to jointly target the mobile commerce market with both hosted and on-premise solutions in developed and emerging markets. 
BT and the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University has signed a MoU for collaborative research and student development. The research will focus on the development of new technologies in emerging markets, industrialization mechanism in China, and innovation ecosystem evolution. The tie- up will also provide for students of Tsinghua SEM to gain direct work experience at BT’s premises.
Singapore’s ST Telemedia is closer to finalizing its takeover of the former Irish state telco Eircom. Sydney-based Eircom Holdings, formerly known as Babcock and Brown, has recommended that shareholders accept the offer, which will be voted on at a meeting in Sydney in December. The deal, if approved, will mark Eircom's fifth change of ownership since it was privatized in 1999.