Webwire: Moto beats Apple in Germany; Ireland mulls French cable link

Apple plans to appeal a German court’s ruling that its smartphones and tablets infringe Motorola Mobility patents.
CeltixConnect, which is laying a subsea cable linking Ireland to the UK, is in talks with the Irish government and IDA Ireland over construction of a $100 million (€75.4 million) link with France.
Japanese vendor Panasonic is gearing up to launch Android smartphones in Europe in 1Q12, before rolling the devices out in other parts of Asia and North America. The firm is targeting sales of nine million by 2016.
HP plans to open-source its WebOS mobile platform, acquired when it bought Palm in 2010. The platform’s future has been in doubt since August, when HP suspended development.
US telco LightSquared’s planned 4G network interferes with 75% of GPS devices operating near the firm’s base stations, government tests reveal.
MTN Uganda plans to sell all 1,000 of its towers to a new joint venture set up by parent MTN Group and tower operator American Tower.