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Samsung requests source code in effort to ban iPhone 4S in Australia

November 1st, 2011

Samsung recently asked Apple to provide it with source code for the the firmware used in its iPhone 4S, ZDNET reported on Tuesday. The South Korea-based phone maker also asked for details on Apple’s subsidy agreements with Australian carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra. The moves were part of an ongoing lawsuit in which Samsung has accused Apple of …

Sprint denied access to AT&T documents in fight against merger

October 25th, 2011

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle recently shot down Sprint’s request to access a number of documents related to AT&T’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “You don’t stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice,” Huvelle said. Sprint originally sued to block the merger in September, shortly after the U.S. Justice Department …

Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility for patent infringement

October 6th, 2011

Intellectual Ventures has filed a lawsuit in Delaware against Motorola Mobility after failing to reach a licensing agreement with the phone maker, AllThingsD reported on Thursday. The suit names six different patents. “Intellectual Ventures has successfully signed licensing agreements with many of the top handset manufacturers in the world, and has been in discussions with …

‘Patent trolls’ cost tech companies $500 billion, kill innovation

September 21st, 2011

According to The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls, a new study published by the Boston University School of Law, patent trolls are responsible for $500 billion of “lost wealth” between 1990 and 2010, and for a decline in innovation. The study defines patents trolls as “firms that license patents without producing goods,” otherwise …

AT&T offers to sell assets to Sprint in bid to win T-Mobile deal approval

September 20th, 2011

AT&T has approached several U.S. wireless carriers offering to sell assets, spectrum and wireless subscribers in an effort to win the government’s blessing for its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, Bloomberg reported on Monday. MetroPCS, Leap Wireless, CenturyLink, Dish Network and Sprint were among the the companies approached in the private talks. AT&T’s move is …

Shareholder sues HP for bailing on webOS, TouchPad

September 16th, 2011

HP shareholder Richard Gammell has filed a class-action lawsuit against HP after the company made the drastic decision to kill off the TouchPad in August, which resulted in a 20% drop in share price the following day, Reuters reported. Gammell argued in the suit that HP failed to inform investors the webOS operating system was …

AT&T bites back at Sprint’s attempt to block merger

September 6th, 2011

Sprint announced that it was suing AT&T in an effort to block its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA on Tuesday morning. Later in the day AT&T issued the following statement in response to the suit: This simply demonstrates what we’ve said all along – Sprint is more interested in protecting itself than it is in …

Sprint sues to block AT&T/T-Mobile merger

September 6th, 2011

Sprint announced on Tuesday that it has filed a lawsuit with a federal court in the U.S. District of Columbia in an effort to block AT&T’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. The suit is related to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit, which was filed on August 31st. “Sprint opposes AT&T’s …

AT&T could sell 25% of T-Mobile to sway feds in favor of acquisition

September 2nd, 2011

AT&T is prepared to make sacrifices in an effort to sway the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission in favor of its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Reuters reported on Friday. On August 31st, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against AT&T in attempt to block the merger, a …

Deutsche Telekom caught off-guard by DOJ’s move to block AT&T/T-Mobile deal

September 1st, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to file a lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA caught Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann off-guard while he was meeting with a team of managers and his supervisory board, a board member told Bloomberg on Thursday. Deutsche Telekom, AT&T and T-Mobile …