THE WRAP: Apple, RIM bosses clash; Nokia turns a profit

This week Apple’s profit soared again, but Steve Jobs stole the headlines.
 
Announcing an iPhone 4-fueled rise in Apple profit, Steve Jobs cast doubt over Android’s sales figures and dissed the Android OS and RIM’s new tablet.
 
RIM chief Jim Balsillie quickly fired back, stating that customers are growing weary of Apple, and noting it didn’t compare shipments on a like-for-like basis.
 
Rival Nokia plans to cut 1,800 jobs despite overturning a loss in 3Q09 with a €529 million profit in 3Q10.
 
After years of scares about the IP address shortage, this time its real – the world will run out of IPv4 addresses in a few months.
 
The Australian government introduced legislation to split Telstra but called for support from other parties to get it passed.
 
Fresh mobile spectrum will be opened up in the UK over the next ten years, as part of a range of tech moves announced in a government spending review.
 
Symbian Foundation chief Lee Williams resigned suddenly as speculation mounted over the future of the handset OS.
Microsoft’s head of software and chief cloud advocate Ray Ozzie also stepped down unexpectedly.
 
China Mobile increased earnings but fell just shy of forecasts.
 
South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan topped a global poll of broadband speed and quality.
 
Telstra and VHA said they will end their network sharing agreement in 2012.
 
IBM boosted its profit but the volume of service contracts fell in the quarter, as Gartner forecast “timid” corporate IT spending over the next five years.
 
 
UK regulator Ofcom said it won’t investigate the YouView public IPTV service, despite objections from Virgin Media, IP Vision, and BSkyB.
 
Baidu’s profit doubled and Amazon’s rose 16%, but investors marked it down because of rising expansion costs.
 
Microsoft took Office to the cloud, Google launched Demo Slam, and Apple imported iPad features – like flash-based memory and instant boot - into its new MacBook Air.
 
ZTE is building another six Android tablets for launch next year.
 
Google is using offshore tax havens to keep its tax rate down to 2.4%.
 
Major US networks blocked their programs from being viewed on Google TV.
 
The average US teen sends 3,339 texts a month.
 
And a Somali Islamist group ordered mobile operators to halt their money transfer services, describing them as “unIslamic.”

 

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