Clearwire launches Houston market; Google Mobile services partially blocked in China

> Clearwire has officially launched its mobile WiMAX market in Houston. Release

> Google is reporting that its Google Mobile services suite is currently facing a partial block in China after it decided to defy Chinese censorship rules. Article

> France Telecom is aiming to acquire the distribution rights for Apple's iPad in France under its Orange brand. Article

> GE announced a U.S. smart grid pilot program with Consumers Energy in Michigan that will incorporate WiMAX technology. Article

> Orange said it will launch smartphones, tablets and netbooks using Intel and Nokia's MeeGo Linux platform by the end of the year. Article

> Mobile ad serving technology provider Ringleader Digital announced an agreement to supply multiple advertising solutions to AccuWeather. Article

And finally... Is the cold war thawing? Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Google CEO Eric Schmidt were spied chatting in a cafe in Palto Alto, Calif. Article