News In Brief: Samsung, Qualcomm, Google, Ericsson, Huawei, NSN, Telstra

Samsung and Qualcomm have signed cross-license agreements worth US$1.3 billion (€874mP covering CDMA, W-CDMA and OFDM patents. Samsung said the specific terms of the 15-year deal were confidential.

Wireless chip specialist Qualcomm reported an 9% fall in year-on-year operating income as sales declined 19%, in line with its forecast. The result included a €154 million charge for a fine expected to be levied by the Korea Fair Trade Commission.
Google aims to stem privacy concerns with the launch of a new service, Google Dashboard, which allows users to view and manage personal information stored across its network of sites.
Ericsson CTO Håkan Erikssonhas been appointed to lead the company's growing IP business in Silicon Valley, effective January 1 2010. He will retain his current position.
The man behind the invention of the mobile phone has complained that today's handsets are too complicated, arguing that devices which try to do too much cannot do anything well.
Nokia Siemens Networks and Chinese software firm Neusoft say their JV will now develop and sell mobile apps in China.
Former Vodafone Australia brand manager Danielle Crook is returning to Vodafone UK after a stint as European brand director at Gap. She replaces exiting brand manager Charlie Smith.
France is still in the lead in IPTV, with 7.7 million subscribers at the end of the first half of 2009. According to ARCEP the figures represent a rise of 2.5 million on the previous 12 months.
Telefonica  has signed a deal with Hewlett-Packard to provide mobile broadband services to HP’s mini laptop series in Europe and Latin America.
In another senior management change, Ericsson has appointed Cesare Avenia to the new post of chief brand officer. Avenia, 59, who is currently head of the southeast Europe unit, will take on the new post on November 9.