THE WRAP: Google wins one, faces more battles
This week Google won one legal battle but faces a whole lot more, while users complained of a glitch in the iPhone 4.
Google won a $1 billion (€811 million) copyright case brought by Viacom over the posting of unauthorized videos on YouTube.
But the investigations into Google’s collection of data over Wi-Fi networks widened, with the UK police opening a criminal case and US states weighing a joint inquiry.
Consumers queued up around the world as the iPhone 4 went on sale, but many were disappointed as stores sold out.
Some of those who did get the new phone said it dropped calls and complained about a yellow discoloration on the screen.
In response to the new Apple device, Google and partner Verizon released the Android-powered Droid X.
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd (HWL) could end up paying $2 billion in tax to the Indian government over the sale of the group’s Indian business to Vodafone three years ago.
Apple held talks with China Unicom over selling the iPhone 4 and the iPad in China.
Amazon and Barnes & Noble knocked $70 off the price of their e-books to combat the iPad, which reached 3 million in sales in 80 days.
HP bought mobile music startup Melodeo with the likely aim of offering a cloud music service for mobile users.
ZTE won a CDMA network contract from Canadian operator Public Mobile, financed by a $350 million loan from China Exim Bank.
RIM posted a 20% profit hike but missed market forecasts, while Oracle’s earnings rose 25% with some help from its new Sun subsidiary.
Cisco chief John Chambers met with President Dmitry Medvedev and signed a $1 billion MoU covering investment in Russia over the next decade.
Declining VC investment in vendor startups could hit innovation, warned Ovum.
Mobile app firm Rebtel launched an app that enables international calls between Android phones at local call rates.