Microsoft's Q2 revenue from Android estimated at three times its Windows Phone revenue

By on August 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

Microsoft's Q2 revenue from Android estimated at three times its Windows Phone revenue

Thanks to royalty payments from awards related to patent complaints against HTC, Microsoft is estimated to have made three times more revenue from sales of HTC’s Android phones than it did from sales of Windows Phone licenses last quarter. Asymco analyst Horace Dediu estimated this past May that Microsoft had made five times more money from HTC’s Android phones than its own Windows Phone platform through the first quarter of this year. In the second quarter, Dediu says Microsoft made approximately $21 million from 1.4 million Windows Phone licenses at $15 a piece, while the company’s $5-per-device royalty from sales of 12 million HTC Android phones brought in $60 million in the quarter. Dediu’s numbers are based on Canalys’ Windows Phone shipment estimates and the 12.1 million handsets HTC says it shipped in the second quarter, though we’re not sure how the analyst determined that 12 million of those devices were Android phones. HTC also sells phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and phones based on Qualcomm’s Brew MP platform. More →

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Class action suit against RIM refiled

By on June 15, 2011 at 6:16 PM.

Class action suit against RIM refiled

An investigation launched last month by a law firm into whether or not Research In Motion had violated securities laws resulted in the filing of a class action lawsuit late last month. After the lead plaintiff in the suit voluntarily withdrew her complaint on May 31st, however, it was unclear if the suit would be refiled. This week, Atlanta-based law firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC indeed refiled its class action suit with a new lead plaintiff, Gerald Chatlin. The news comes just before RIM is scheduled to report earnings on Thursday for the first quarter of its 2012 fiscal year. More →

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Samsung files countersuit against Apple in U.S.

By on April 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM.

Samsung files countersuit against Apple in U.S.

Apple sent a shock wave through the technology community when it announced it was suing Samsung — a company that supplies the Cupertino-based iPhone maker with over $5 billion worth of components each year. Now that the gloves are officially off, Samsung is doing a little legal posturing of its own, this time Stateside. Reuters is reporting that Samsung Electronics has filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company has violated no fewer than ten patents held by the Korean company. “Apple copied many of Samsung’s innovations, according to Samsung’s U.S. lawsuit,” reads the report. “For instance, one of the patents Samsung accuses Apple of violating involves the ability for mobile phones to display the time.” The case will be heard at a date to be named in U.S. District Court, Norther District of California. Samsung has already filed complaints against Apple in Japan, Korea, and Germany. More →

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Verizon settles government probe for $93.5M

By on April 5, 2011 at 1:20 PM.

Verizon settles government probe for $93.5M

On Tuesday, Verizon Communications agreed to pay $93.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department. Verizon was accused of overcharging the U.S. government for both voice and data services. Reuters reports that the the company’s MCI Communications Services unit “invoiced the General Services Administration for various taxes and surcharges in violation of contracts or regulations.” Back in October of 2010, Verizon was ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repay customers more than $52 million for erroneous data charges. More →

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Twitter suspends UberTwitter, twitdroyd for policy violations

By on February 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM.

Twitter suspends UberTwitter, twitdroyd for policy violations

Twitter on Friday suspended two very popular third-party Twitter applications for violating policies put in place for third-party developers who access Twitter’s APIs. UberTwitter, a top Twitter app for BlackBerry smartphones, and twitdroyd, an Android client, are both owned by UberMedia and have both been suspended. A Twitter spokesperson said they “violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways,” citing a Twitter policies covering “a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.” It is unclear exactly what functions the apps were performing that violated Twitter’s policies. In its announcement of these suspensions, Twitter recommended that affected users download Twitter’s official mobile apps or other third-party apps instead of using UberTwitter or twitdroyd. More →

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