Verizon debuts Casio rugged device; Apple, RIM and others sued over patents

> Another day, another patent lawsuit. This time SmartPhone Technologies is suing Apple, Research In Motion and various other wireless firms, accusing them of violating patents related to email syncing and Bluetooth connectivity. Article

> A federal court in New York dismissed a lawsuit against NextG Networks and other defendants, including the Town of Hempstead, New York, in connection with NextG's deployment of a distributed antenna system in Merrick. Article

> Verizon Wireless debuted a new rugged device, the Casio G'zOne Brigade, for business customers in industries such as construction, public safety and utilities. Release

> According to Goldman Sacks, Google sold 20,000 Nexus Ones in the first week after its launch, and 80,000 in the first month--numbers that forced the firm to dramatically lower its sales expectations for the device. Article

> Nokia appears to be lagging to the rear of the smartphone market in terms of CPU power and touchscreen technology, claims a new study from the analyst firm Ovum. Article

> Vodafone UK is stripping out 375 mainly back office personnel in an attempt to put the emphasis on better understanding what customers need. Article

> What Google's broadband play should mean to your telco business. Commentary

> Did Cisco "forever change the Internet?" Commentary

And finally... A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a technology it said makes it possible to "physically" convey emotions from cell phone to cell phone. Article