Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity

Reuters

Ford Motor Co (Dearborn, Mich.) will expand the use of its on-board smartphone applications for the 2012 model year, the automaker said last Tuesday at Forward with Ford, a safety and technology show.

Mark Fields, president of Ford Operations in North and South America, said a recent study showed that smartphones will eventually overtake feature phones in the United States, and that two-thirds of smartphone users want to use them in their vehicles.

3G in India projected to reach 50 million subscribers by 2012

Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland), a research firm, announced on Friday the addition of the “3G in India: Technology and Market Analysis” report to their offering. In the report it stated that by 2012, within three years of its launch, 3G services in India are projected to reach 50 million subscribers.

Apple files patent suit against Samsung

Reuters

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.

Mobile Forum on Backhaul

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
End Date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

California:

As we move from 3G to 4G networks, reaching speeds around 10Mbps to mobile devices, the last hop solutions are finally able to meet current demand. However, a frequent bottleneck occurs in the middle mile between the cellular tower and the core network. Heterogeneous Networks are now emerging that will increase the number cells by including picocells, microcells, femtocells and more. All of these will add to the complexity of the backhaul operations.

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

Reuters

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.

Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

Reuters

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.

Option's wireless embedded modules now certified by AT&T

Option (Leuven, Belgium), a wireless technology company, on Tuesday announced the data certification of its wireless embedded modules by AT&T (Dallas, Texas). These embedded modules are designed for a variety of mobile devices including tablets, consumer electronic devices, netbooks, routers and notebooks; and fit a range of high bandwidth M2M applications such as digital signage, automotive and security cameras.

LightSquared finds alternative to network after GPS interference reported

LightSquared (Reston, Va.), a wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, on Monday outlined an alternative to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

Early test results with the GPS industry indicated that one of LightSquared’s 10MHz blocks of frequencies poses interference to many GPS receivers. This block was the specific set of frequencies that LightSquared planned to use for the initial launch of its network.

UPDATE: Oracle seeks up to $6.1 billion in Google lawsuit

Reuters

Oracle (Redwood Shores, Calif.), is seeking between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in a patent lawsuit against Google (Mountain View, Calif.) over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes upon Oracle's Java patents.

Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google

Reuters

Oracle Corp is seeking damages "in the billions of dollars" from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.

The disclosure on Thursday was the first time either side publicly mentioned the cumulative scale of Oracle's damages claims.

Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android mobile operating technology infringes Oracle's Java patents. Oracle bought the Java programming language through its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

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