ALSO NOTED: QUALCOMM slaps Broadcom with another lawsuit; Intel plans $50M investment in Brazilian firms; and much more...

> QUALCOMM has slapped a new complaint against rival wireless firm Broadcom for alleged trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Article

> Intel's venture capital division plans to invest $50 million in Brazilian companies. Article

> Ericsson today announced it has been awarded an exclusive managed services contract by Vodafone Netherlands. Article

> A number of lobbying groups that claim to represent consumer interests are actually backed by phone and cable companies promoting their corporate agendas, according to a report from consumer group Common Cause. Article (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)

> The French government is pushing for defense electronics company Thales to buy Alcatel's satellite operations and other assets. Article (Wall Street Journal sub. req.)

> Nortel says that it has deployed an HSDPA network for Israel's Partner Communications, which trades under the Orange brand name. Article

> Boston Communications Group agreed to license its billing products to Convergys for an undisclosed number of years. Article

> Florida mobile-phone customers would get relief from some of the taxes on their monthly bills under proposed legislation that would lower the state communications services tax from 9.17 percent to 6 percent. Article

And Finally... More than a dozen vendors in China have been arrested for selling fake name-brand mobile phones that look like pricey phones with prominent trademarks but turned out to be generic handsets assembled from cheap components. Article