Webwire: Apple loses to Samsung in UK; Ofcom examines telco contracts

A UK court looks to have closed out the possibility of further Apple IP lawsuits against Samsung in Europe. The Court of Appeal upheld a previous ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab doesn’t infringe Apple patents – a decision that applies throughout the region.
UK regulator Ofcom is tipped to clamp down on fixed and wireless operator contracts that allow the service providers to increase their charges before the agreements come to an end, after receiving thousands of complaints from consumers.
UK mobile operator O2 plans to scrap its central user database - provided by Ericsson - and replace it with an alternative solution, following the second service-disrupting network fault blamed on the system since July.
The reason Foxconn is having trouble meeting orders for the iPhone 5 is due to the device being the most difficult that the manufacturer has ever had to assemble, but productivity has been improving daily as workers get more practice, an executive at parent company Hon Hai states..
Industry sources expect Samsung and HTC to undercut Nokia's prices for Windows Phone 8 smartphones, which could threaten Nokia's turnaround strategy.
A White House-ordered review into the security implications of using gear from Chinese vendors – separate from the recently-published security committee probe – found no evidence of cyber spying by Huawei, but did find potential security vulnerabilities in its gear, sources claim.
US carrier Sprint Nextel is taking control of Clearwire after bidding around $100 million (€76.5 million) for investor Craig McCaw’s stake in the wireless operator. The move strengthens Japan’s Softbank’s US presence, given it is in the process of acquiring Sprint Nextel.