Sony to offer Xperia smartphones direct to consumers; Mformation wins $147.2M against RIM

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@FierceWireless: Nexus 7 sells out at several retailers on first day of availability. Article[email protected]

> Sony Mobile is planning to offer three of its Xperia smartphones for sale directly to consumers in the United States. Article

> Mformation was awarded $147.2 million in its lawsuit against Research In Motion. Article

> ZTE warned of lower-than-expected net income for the first half of the year. Article

> Analysts expect Samsung to increase its lead in the smartphone market. Article

> I wireless tapped a former Sprint Nextel executive as its CEO. Article

Mobile Content News

> Nokia Transport is no longer a beta app. Article

> The Mobile Marketing Association has secured more than $1 million in funding earmarked for a global research project designed to evaluate the return on investment that mobile campaigns contribute to the overall marketing mix. Article

> Apple is probing an App Store hack enabling iOS device owners to make in-app purchases for free. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Recent mobile service interruptions might be a sign of things to come as networks succumb to traffic overloads that disrupt signaling, or they might just reflect the intricacies that can sometimes trip up engineers conducting network tweaks and upgrades. Article

> Sprint Nextel drastically trails the two largest U.S. mobile operators in terms of LTE coverage, but Sprint's LTE launch, combined with its marketing promise of unlimited data service for smartphones, may have it sitting in the catbird seat over the longer term. Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone is expected to report near flat revenue growth in the financial quarter that ended in June. Article

> Having restored its network back to normal, O2UK's CEO apologized for the 24-hour outage and said the operator is now focused on restoring customer "confidence and trust in O2." Article

And finally… The iPhone 5 rumor train rolls on: Now here's the reported white iPhone 5. Article