Webwire: Anonymous targets Germany’s far-right; Samsung breaks quarterly profit record

Hacker group Anonymous is gunning for German neo-Nazi groups, launching a whistle blowing website detailing the names of donors to the country’s National Democratic Party.
Samsung Electronics predicts record-breaking smartphone sales in 4Q11 will contribute to a 73% surge in profit to 5.2 trillion Won (€3.5 billion). The figure beats analyst forecasts of a 4.7 trillion Won profit for the period, and would top Samsung’s previous quarterly record profit of 5 trillion Won.
Apple is paying $5 million (€3.9 million) as part of a deal to settle a patent battle with Taiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan. The agreement ends two-years of tit-for-tat lawsuits covering multi-point touch panel technology.
RIM is scaling back smartphone launches planned for 2012, ditching two future models, one of which was due to run its latest BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC’s profit fell 25% to NT$11 billion (€284 million) in the final quarter of 2011, on the back of a 20% fall in sales year-on-year. However, profit for the full year grew 57% to NT$62 billion.