Apple files patent suit against Samsung

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Apple Inc (Cupertino, Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea), claiming Samsung infringed upon several patents, a court official said on Friday.

The litigation comes as Samsung filed patent suits in South Korea, Japan and Germany in April over the U.S. company's iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy line "slavishly" copied its products.

Israel asks Apple to remove Arabic-language phone app, fears uprising

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An Israeli minister has asked Apple Inc (Cupertino, CA) to remove an Arabic-language application from its iTunes store that calls for a Palestinian uprising.

In a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said the application "ThirdIntifada" -- a reference to a future Palestinian uprising -- passed on information about protests, some violent, planned against Israel.

"I am convinced that you are aware of this type of application's ability to unite many toward an objective that could be disastrous," Edelstein wrote in the letter seen by Reuters.

TPSA fined $182 million by European Union

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European Union antitrust regulators hit TPSA (Warsaw, Poland), the country’s largest telecom operator, with a $182 million fine on Wednesday for thwarting rivals' access to its network.

The firm, which is controlled by France Telecom, prevented or delayed competitors from entering the Polish broadband market from August 2005 to October 2009, the European Commission said in a statement.

Spirent TestCenter Live helps service providers in Ethernet mobile backhaul migration

On Monday Spirent (Sunnyvale, CA) announced enhancements to its Spirent TestCenter Live service assurance tool, designed to enable service providers to align service assurance costs with new Ethernet service business models. According to Spirent, as service providers make the transition from Time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Ethernet in the backhaul, there are operational challenges of managing these new networks.

Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

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AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas) could greatly expand its network capacity for a fraction of the cost it plans to shell out to buy T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan.) said on Monday.

Sprint, a vocal opponent of the deal, said it would present the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) later on Monday with a technical analysis detailing the actions AT&T could take to improve its network without acquiring T-Mobile USA.

Smart911 Program spreading through U.S.

Rave Mobile Safety (Framingham, Mass.), a provider of safety software, on Tuesday announced that its Smart911 technology is seeing nationwide adoption, including numerous municipalities in over 13 states. Smart911 allows citizens to enter personal information online, which is then automatically available to a 9-1-1 call taker, in the event they call 9-1-1.

South America smart grid market to reach 104.5 million smart meters by 2020

Northeast Group, LLC (Washington, D.C.), a research and consulting firm, on Tuesday released its South America Smart Grid Market Forecast (2011-2020) which projects the smart meter market alone will reach 104.5 million meters and $25.1 billion by 2020.

Other smart grid technologies – including distribution automation – will also grow quickly in the region. According to Northeast Group, Brazil will be first to begin large-scale deployments. Chile and Argentina will be next to follow, with other countries set to launch deployments in the latter half of the decade.

New Zealand Telehealth Forum established

On Tuesday it was announced that the New Zealand Telehealth Forum has been established to promote the use of telehealth in healthcare delivery and is timed to maximize the benefits of the Government’s broadband program.

The National Health IT Board has funded the establishment of the Forum. Members of board include practicing clinicians, senior DHB managers, researchers and consumer representatives. The CEOs of the Health IT Cluster and TUANZ (representing health ICT suppliers and telecommunications users) are also on the Forum Board.

inthinc uses telematics to prove driver innocence in rollover accidents

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc.(Salt Lake City, Utah), a telematics company centered on fleet management, and Southwestern Nevada LLC (Mansfield, Texas), an oil transportation company, have recently worked together to disprove driver negligence in a string of rollover accidents. Using crash reconstruction technology capabilities included in the inthinc tiwiPro(TM) driver safety technology, Southwestern Nevada LLC avoided an insurance termination.

Smart Meter Manufacturers Association of America formed by industry suppliers

To increase awareness on smart meters on Monday it was announced that a new industry group, the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA), has been formed.

Smart-Meter makers, Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency. According to SMMAA, meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 % of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered “smart.”

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