Webwire: Apple tipped to launch TV; Nintendo adds networking to Wii

A Piper Jaffray analyst believes that it's a matter of “when” and not “if” Apple will launch a branded Apple TV. Analyst Gene Munster predicts that the company will produce sets costing between $1,500 (€1,207) and $2,000.
Nintendo plans to integrate a social networking service into its upcoming Wii U console. The Miiverse will let users see what their friends are playing, post messages and share game-related content they have created.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has unveiled a prototype of a new Android smartphone with a transparent, two-sided touchscreen.
Samsung has revealed that global sales of its Galaxy line of smartphones have surpassed 50 million.
Hutchison Whampoa is in talks to buy back control of Scailex, the parent company of Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications, for about the same as the $1.38 billion (€1.1 billion) Hutchison sold its controlling stake for in 2009.
Australian operator Optus has reportedly shortlisted Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson and Samsung for a project to deploy a nationwide 4G network.
The US judge hearing an Apple patent lawsuit against Motorola Mobility has rejected a request from Apple to exclude comments made by Steve Jobs about the Android platform, including the famous declaration that he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” to fight the OS.