A company called Interval Licensing LLC has filed a complaint for patent infringement against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo! and YouTube. The name may not be familiar but Interval Licensing is owned and controlled by Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. It generated approximately 300 patents in less than a decade – and four of those patents are the basis for the legal action.
A group of mobile content providers, including Flycell, Glomobi, Mobilefunster, Thumbplay and WebAMG Holdings, along with marketing affiliate Glispa and aggregator Motricity, have agreed to settle a number of class action lawsuits against them, involving claims that these companies charged customers for 'mobile content' without authorisation. In a statement, the plaintiff's law firm notes that "each of the defendants has denied any wrongful conduct, and the settlement is in no way a judgment or ruling by the Court that the defendants did anything wrong."
Qualcomm, best known for its chip production, has created a subsidiary business that'll focus on mobile technology. Qualcomm Services Labs will "explore new ideas, technologies and service models that can have an immediate impact in the marketplace" by looking at five main areas: communication, information/entertainment, discovery, life automation and 'digital to physical'.
O2 has launched what it's describing as "the first ever eco rating system for mobile phones in the UK. It's persuaded six of the largest handset manufacturers to participate - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, HTC, LG, Samsung and Palm – and has placed the Sony Ericsson Elm top out of the 65 mobiles it surveyed, giving it an 4.3 out of 5 (86%) Eco rating.
Chip maker Intel has admitted that third-quarter revenue will be below the company's previous expectation of between $11.2 and $12.0 billion. It now expects Q3 revenue to be somewhere between $10.8 and $11.2 billion, blaming the reduction on "weaker than expected demand for consumer PCs in mature markets".