Nokia appoints new CTO; AT&T gave nearly $1M to lawmakers pushing T-Mobile deal

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> Nokia named Henry Tirri as its new CTO, replacing Rich Green, who took a leave of absence from the company earlier this year but has now left Nokia. Release

> Samsung and Apple are back in court over patents. Article (sub. req.)

> HTC is reportedly partnering with Dropbox to give users 5 GB of storage for all of its Sense 3.5 devices. Article

> Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt bent the truth regarding Android's openness at a Senate hearing on the company's business practices. Commentary

> Hewlett-Packard is weighing the ouster of CEO Leo Apotheker after less than a year on the job. Article

> Google said Oracle lowered its damages request to at least $2 billion in the companies' ongoing lawsuit over Java and Android. Article

>  Qualcomm said India's telecoms ministry rejected its application for a license to use the broadband spectrum it won in a government auction last year. Article

> AT&T gave $963,275 to U.S. lawmakers who are urging approval of the company's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. Article

> Aircom argues in a new study that existing 2G and 3G spectrum could be re-allocated to LTE deployment for less than 0.5 percent of the cost of buying new spectrum at auction. Release

Mobile Content News

> Microsoft confirmed it will begin rolling out its new Windows Phone 7.5 (a.k.a. "Mango") mobile operating system update within the next few weeks. Article

> is partnering with libraries across the U.S. to enable Kindle e-reader owners and Kindle mobile app users to borrow e-books from their local libraries. Article

> Twitter is rolling out a new mobile feature enabling users to post photos to their account by attaching the image to a text message. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Sprint Nextel said it became the city of Houston's wireless service provider, taking over for AT&T, which had been Houston's service provider for decades. Article

> Following its announcement earlier this year of a new base-station architecture called Liquid Radio, Nokia Siemens Networks has introduced a network architecture concept--called Liquid Net--designed to turn a traditional mobile network into software-driven network capable of self adapting to network loads. Article

> Vendor hunger for LTE contracts plays in Clearwire's favor. Editor's Corner

European Wireless News

> Everything Everywhere's new CEO, Olaf Swantee, plans to accelerate the merger process of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK which is likely to result in further job losses at director levels and within back-office departments. Article

> More than a dozen firms are reportedly interested in acquiring Orange Switzerland from France Telecom. Article

> Vodafone is revamping its partnership agreements in Asia as part of its efforts to provide better roaming and network coverage in the region. Article

And finally...
Former Vice President (and current Apple board member) Al Gore let slip that "new iPhones" are coming next month. Article