THE WRAP: More patent lawsuits, and a CDMA iPhone

This week the handset firms pursued each other in patent courts, while Apple began prepping the first CDMA iPhone.
 
Apple was ordered to pay $626 million to a startup for using its software to display album covers and other digital files on Macs and iPhones.
 
Motorola claimed Apple infringes 18 of its patents in lawsuits filed in the US, while Microsoft took aim at Android in a suit against Motorola, alleging the vendor runs its software for essential features such as email sync.
 
Verizon Wireless is set to break AT&T’s lock on the iPhone, with Apple ramping up mass production of a CDMA iPhone. The US carrier expanded its LTE rollout, announcing it will start service in 38 cities by year-end.
 
Nokia lost another executive when Ari Jaaksi, second in command of MeeGo platform development resigned.
 
Russian carrier Vimpelcom acquired Naguib Sawiris’ telecom assets for $6.6 billion (€4.7 billion), taking control of Orascom Telecom and Italian telco Wind.
 
Adobe’s stock spiked after a report of a secret meeting between CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer.
 
Internet Explorer’s share of the global web browser market fell below 50% for the first time, as European restrictions begin to bite.
 
Motorola unveiled six new Android smartphones.
 
Qualcomm stopped selling its FLO mobile TV service in the US and began talks with potential buyers.
 
BT is once more seeking an exit from its 31% stake in Indian IT firm Tech Mahindra.
 
 
Vodafone revealed it will pump up to €1 billion into wireless broadband in Italy.
 
Twitter and Skype hired new CEOs.
 
NTT DoCoMo will start selling Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone by the end of the month.
 
Global international internet traffic grew 62% in 2009-2010, down from 74% the previous year.
 
Scott Charney, the head of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, said infected or vulnerable PCs should be barred from the net.
 
Ericsson spurned BSNL’s $450 million (€326 million) GSM tender because it was unwilling to surrender its source code.
 
UK regulator Ofcom ordered BT to allow competitors access to its fiber network and ducts. It also threatened fines if carriers don’t improve access to special services for the disabled.
 
And a British teenager was jailed for 16 weeks for refusing to give police his computer password.

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