Webwire: Dell acquires Force 10 Networks; ST-Ericsson loss widens

Dell will make a foray into data center networking gear with the planned purchase of vendor Force 10 Networks, in a move that could pitch it into closer competition with HP and Cisco.
ST-Ericsson's second-quarter loss widened to $221 million (€155 million), as revenue fell $159 million to $385 million due to tough financial conditions.
Google is pursuing a takeover of wireless technology developer and licenser InterDigital to boost its patent portfolio after missing out on Nortel’s patents, however the firm faces a challenge from rival Apple.
An influential US senator has called on regulators to block the planned $39 billion (€27.3 billion) acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T, while three more lawmakers have argued that the deal will be a “step backward” for consumers.
Microsoft will begin taking app submissions for its Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update in August, lending credence to expectations the OS will be released in September.
Apple will not sell a disc-based version of its new OS X Lion operating system, instead pushing downloads either from home or from Apple stores, or offering a version on a USB stick for a hefty premium.