On today's show, I tee off a little bit on Internet haters who just can't let it go ... in a way that might seem to suggest I can't let it go. Hm. Anyway, in tech news proper, Apple shareholders demand a succession plan, Verizon users demand their iPhone 4s, and AT&T demands $499 and a two-year contract for people who want an Atrix 4G with the laptop dock. Plus: Computer Love! Aloha, everyone! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:
The FCC is fighting challenges to new Net neutrality rules
Amazon.com may soon launch a Netflix competitor that will stream movies to Amazon Prime customers at no extra charge.
Amazon has experienced some sign-in flaws that expose accounts by logging into a variation of the correct password
New research shows that Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world
New versions of Angry Birds will be based on the animated film "Rio" and on the holiday of love we know as Valentine's Day
Android has now surged past Symbian to become the world's top smartphone platform, says a report out today from research firm Canalys.
Global shipments of Android-based phones hit 32.9 million in the final quarter of 2010, pushing Nokia's Symbian down to second place with 31 million smartphones shipped.
The beneficiaries of the demand for Google's mobile operating system were the vendors themselves. Respectively, LG, Samsung, Acer, and HTC watched their sales volumes jump 4,127 percent, 1,474 percent, 709 percent, and 371 percent from the last quarter of 2009, according to Canalys. Together, HTC and … Read more
Buffeted by ever more intense competition, Nokia saw its earnings fall for the final quarter of 2010, an ongoing downturn that has prompted the company to announce a major shift in strategy.
Net profit for the quarter ended December 31 declined 21 percent to 745 million euros ($1.02 billion), compared with 950 million euros in the year-ago quarter. Sales were on the upswing, though, reaching 12.6 billion euros ($17.2 billion), a gain of 6 percent from 2009's final quarter.
Nokia attributed the downturn to the heated competition in the mobile phone market as well as to … Read more
Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies won the first round of a legal battle against Motorola this week.
An Illinois federal district court granted the Chinese manufacturer a temporary restraining order that prevents Motorola Solutions from disclosing confidential information about Huawei's technology to Nokia Siemens Networks, which has announced plans to buy Motorola's wireless networks business.
Motorola announced in July 2010 that it plans to sell its entire wireless infrastructure business to Nokia Siemens in a deal that is worth about $1.2 billion.
Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei is suing Motorola, claiming the American company will illegally transfer its trade secrets in the proposed sale of its wireless business unit to Nokia Siemens.
Huawei filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Illinois. The company seeks to stop Motorola employees and information associated with Motorola's UMTS and GSM equipment businesses from being transferred to Nokia Siemens Networks. Motorola announced in July 2010 that it plans to sell its entire wireless infrastructure business, which includes products it sells for 3G wireless networks, in a deal that is worth about $1.2 … Read more
The legal battle between Nokia and Apple shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.
Apple on Tuesday sued Nokia in the U.K. claiming that one of the company's patents is invalid, according to Bloomberg. The patent in question describes a scrolling technology on touch-screen handsets and is one of the patents Nokia previously sued Apple for violating.
Nokia responded to the suit saying it is confident its patents are valid and it "will take whatever actions are needed to protect our rights."
Apple representatives were not immediately available for comment.
The legal tangle between the … Read more
Nokia has canceled the U.S. release of a new smartphone that was supposed to be exclusive to AT&T, CNET has confirmed.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news today, but a source close to the situation, who didn't want to be named, confirmed Nokia had pulled the plug on the launch of the new smartphone on AT&T's network.
The X7 smartphone hasn't been officially announced yet, but details of the device have been leaked online.
The X7, which is still expected to launch outside the U.S. on other carriers, is … Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:
Apple announces that Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence
Nokia ends its Comes With Music service in 27 countries
GoDaddy is ready to sex up its Superbowl Ads with a campaign to promote .co addresses
Groupon is in talks to partner with Chinese Internet giant Tencent
BlackBerry users in Indonesia can no longer access porn sites from the browser
Netflix upsets customers with a change to its service
Android has surged ahead of Apple for the first time as the most popular smartphone OS, according to Millennial Media's mobile ad network.
In Millennial Media's December report, Google's mobile operating system won 46 percent of all ad impressions (the number of times an ad is displayed), compared with 32 percent for Apple's iOS. In November, the two operating systems were neck and neck at 38 percent each.
Rounding up the rest of the competition, Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS grabbed 16 percent of ad impressions in December, Nokia's Symbian nabbed 2 percent, and … Read more