Webwire: Ballmer hits out at rivals; YouView name challenged

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer has launched a scathing attack on Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems. He accuses Apple of holding too much control over its iOS ecosystem and Google too little over its Android set-up.
 
Business to business telecoms service provider Total has launched a trademark action against interactive TV firm YouView. The firm claims the name is too close to YourView, which Total patented in 2009.
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Qualcomm’s chief predicts the firm can maintain double-digit earnings growth for the next five years. Paul Jacobs says chipsets for smartphones will power the growth, and forecasts sales of the devices will hit five billion over the next four years.
 
Dutch-based mapping firm TomTom is opening its data to developers of Android and iOS apps. The move comes just a few days after Nokia set sights on iOS for its mapping software.
 
Nokia chief Stephen Elop expects no change in the company's relationship with Microsoft, even as Microsoft works with rival handset makers over WP8, and amid speculation that the two could become direct rivals if MS makes a direct smartphone play.
 
Russia's Vimpelcom may be able to resume paying shareholder dividends soon, after reporting a higher-than-expected $538 million (€420 million) profit for the third quarter.

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