Webwire: Apple faces Siri suit; France Tel chief probed on suicides

A Chinese software company is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that voice assistant Siri violates a 2006 voice recognition patent.
 
Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard is under investigation by a French magistrate for workplace harassment, in connection with a slew of suicides at the company between 2008 and 2009.
 
Mobile operators are pressing RIM to cut the carrier fees which account for more than a third of the company's revenue, which is putting further pressure on the company's financial position.
 
Samsung has posted another record quarterly profit on the back of strong sales of its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Operating profit for the June quarter grew 79% year-on-year to 6.7 trillion won (€4.7 billion).
 
Huawei has suspended service support for Indian customer Videocon Group, after the operator missed its deadline to pay around $144 million (€116 million) worth of a 2G equipment contract.
 
More than 250,000 computers could lose internet connectivity from Monday, after the US FBI stops running a network once operated by cybercriminals behind the DNSChanger malware. The FBI took over operation of the network in November last year, to keep infected machines online.
 
Reports claim Amazon has ordered the first batch of Kindle Fire 2 tablets, and plans to commercially launch the devices sometime this or next month.

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