A grim RIM says it will trim 5,000 jobs by the end of next March. A desperate measure, maybe, but these are desperate times for Research In Motion
RIM is also delaying the launch of its BlackBerry 10 until next year. That phone was supposed to be the company's best bet for getting back some of the market share it has been handing over to Apple
For long-suffering RIM shareholders, the above news contributed to more than a 15% drop in share price.
Google vs. Amazon
The Wi-Fi-only tablet runs the latest Android 4.1 OS, aka "Jelly Bean," is powered by an NVIDIA
Google is supposedly selling the Nexus 7 at a loss, but tight integration with Google's mobile advertising business and Google apps should make up for that lost revenue. At least that's what Google must hope.
No harm, no foul
"To suggest that [Apple] has suffered loss of market share, brand recognition, or customer goodwill as a result of Motorola's alleged infringement of the patent claims still in play in this case is wild conjecture."
That pronouncement put forth by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner not only shut down Apple's claim of harm at the hands of Motorola, it also looked askance at how much Motorola could fairly charge for its wireless patents. The judge said that Motorola cannot keep pursuing injunctions against Apple as a way of forcing it to pay its royalty rates.
It's not over till it's over
In another case, this one against Samsung, Apple did come out on top -- at least for now.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh was instructed by a federal appeals court to reconsider her original ruling that Apple did not have a patent infringement case against Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Her ruling now: "Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products."
What does this mean? Samsung must stop selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in the U.S. once Apple posts a $2.6 million bond for possible damages to Samsung if the courts later find that the injunction was wrong.
An appeal is almost certain. Samsung said in a statement that it would take necessary legal steps. Samsung also said that the ruling does not affect its latest tablet, Tab 2.
Be careful of the whiplash
T-Mobile was one of the most vocal opponents of the Verizon
"We now believe the deal is in the public interest," T-Mobile said through a spokesman.
Actually, more like in T-Mobile's interest, as the mobile carrier has agreed to a spectrum swap deal with Verizon.
Two weeks ago T-Mobile lawyers were telling the FCC that the deal "poses grave competitive concerns."
Now I don't know what to believe. Actually, I think I do.
Not my problem
ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting have sued DISH Network for killing their advertising revenue with AutoHop, its commercial-skipping technology.
This week DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen went before a House subcommittee and learned about another potential negative outcome from unfettered commercial skipping. After Mr. Ergen told a House subcommittee that AutoHop will protect children from "commercials for junk food and alcohol," he heard from one of the subcommittee members about how AutoHop could harm the electoral process.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) said he was concerned about voters skipping over political ads. "The hopper potentially limits the ability of every member of this subcommittee to reach constituents with ads to help them to make up their minds on Election Day," said Dingell.
Mr. Ergen said that since he is "not a politician ... I can't say I understand your concerns."
Neither can I.
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