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Friday, March 1, 2013

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Industry News Updates Below...

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NOKIA TO COMPETE WITH RIVALS WITH MORE CHEAPER MODELS

Nokia is shifting the focus of its turnaround strategy to regaining domination of cheaper handsets after a stuttering campaign to catch up with Apple and Samsung in high-end smartphones. Company sources said it would introduce cut-price basic phones to compete with the likes of Huawei and ZTE and a new, lower-price model of its Lumia smartphone on Monday at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona. Nokia, once the industry's undisputed leader, is struggling to close the yawning gap with Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and is also losing share in the low-end market which still accounts for the bulk of its sales. While some media reports have said that Nokia will announce a tablet in Barcelona, the company is not yet ready to unveil one, one of the sources said.


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APPLE-SAMSUNG JUDGE SAYS COMPANIES MUST NARROW LAWSUIT

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. must narrow their patent-infringement lawsuit case scheduled for trial in 2014, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California, today told lawyers from both companies that they must “focus and streamline” their cases to 25 patent claims, or elements of the patents at issue, and 25 accused products. Koh made the request from the bench today in the latest of two related patent cases. The lawsuit was filed last year and covers technology in newer smartphones made by both companies, including Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5
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. “We’ll keep narrowing and narrowing,” Koh said. “You’ve already been litigating this thing for a year; you must know something about what’s your best case.” In a filing last week, Cupertino, California-based Apple included Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and tablet computer in the case. Samsung claimed “all generations” of Apple’s iPhone and iPads infringe at least three of its patents, according to its filing. Koh last month rejected Apple’s request to add additional damages to the first patent-infringement case between the two companies in San Jose. In that case, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding the Suwon, South Korea-based company infringed six of the iPhone maker’s mobile-device patents.


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PETITION AGAINST UNLOCKED PHONES DMCA RULING WILL FORCE WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE

A petition asking the White House to rescind a government ruling restricting consumers from unlocking their cell phones crossed the 100,000-signature threshold Thursday, meaning the Obama administration will need to formally respond to the petition. The pet
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ition, started Jan. 25 by OpenSignal co-founder Sina Khanifar, asked that "the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal." Currently, if U.S. mobile customers want to unlock their handset and bring it to another carrier, they now need express permission from their current carrier to do so, according to a government ruling that went into effect Jan. 26. CTIA has pushed for the new rules, in part because it protects wireless carriers that pay to subsidize handsets in exchange for customers agreeing to two-year contracts. "According to the Librarian of Congress, who agreed with CTIA, the exemption for unlocking was not necessary because 'the largest nationwide carriers have liberal, publicly available unlocking policies,' and because unlocked phones are 'freely available from third party providers--many at low prices,'" CTIA wrote in a blog post last month.


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NYPD FORMS DEDICATED TEAM TO CATCH THIEVES WHO STEAL CELL PHONES

The theft of Mobile devices is so rampant in New York that a team of cops has been assigned to work with the tech giants to get the stolen gadgets back, Every time a wholesale mobile phone device is stolen, detectives attempt to get tracking numbers from the victim or online records. That number, known as the International Mobile Station Equipment Identity, is then shared with the officers in Police Headquarters who pass it on to the mobile company's who then informs the NYPD of the device’s current location — and it can track it even if it was re-registered with a different wireless provider. “We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen wholesale cell phones and return the products to their original owners,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “It is being done to learn the pattern who is stealing.” Cops also hope the partnership helps catch the crooks who are taking and reselling the devices. One stolen iPad was tracked to the Dominican Republic and recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence cop assigned to Santo Domingo. In another case, it busted a man suspected of selling stolen iPads at a city bus stop by tracking them with Apple’s help.

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