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Reuters: Google, Rockstar Consortium Reach
Patent Settlement Agreement
reported that Google has
reached an agreement to settle its ongoing litigation with the Rockstar
Consortium over former Nortel patents. According to the news
site, a recent filing in US
District Court for the Eastern District of Texas revealed that
Google and Rockstar have agreed to settle "all matters in
controversy between the parties," but gave no indication as
to whether a similar agreement has been struck with the third
party Android handset manufacturers also named in suits. In
October 2013, Rockstar sued Google and several device
manufacturers over alleged infringement on seven former Nortel
patents for search engine technology. The consortium - which
includes Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony -
acquired the intellectual property in question in 2011 when it
paid $4.5 billion to outbid Google to acquire thousands of patents
following Nortel's bankruptcy announcement. The terms of this
settlement were not disclosed. A Google spokesperson declined
Reuters' request for a comment.
Yahoo News: Ovum Claims Mobile
Data Roaming to Account for 56% of Roaming Revenues
A new report issued
by market research firm Ovum
indicates that mobile data roaming will account for as much as 56%
of all roaming revenues collected globally within five years. Yahoo
News has posted
a portion of the data from this story, which noted that the money
generated by carriers collecting roaming data fees on mobile
devices will reach approximately $50 billion by 2019. Ovum notes
that mobile data will also account for the fastest growth among
types of roaming fees, with slowing voice service reliance;
increasing use of smartphones and SIM-enabled tablets; and the
deployment of more LTE networks all serving as driving factors.
Ovum's forecast also revealed that Europe, and in particular EU
countries, will be responsible for approximately 46% of global
roaming sales, leaving Asia (12%) as a distant second over the
forecast period. Yahoo News also noted that, in spite of these
figures, the documented cost of roaming access and the fear of
"bill shock" have so far tempered its use.
AT&T Updates GoPhone Pre-Paid Plans with
Tweaked $60, New $45 Packages
its lineup of GoPhone pre-paid plans, updating the data offered
for its $60 plan and also adding a new $45 per-month option. The
service packages include unlimited voice minutes, texts, and data,
albeit with varying speeds based on the device. Once a user
reaches a data threshold of 2.5GB or 1GB respectively in the
30-day term, however, data is then throttled down to 128Kbps.
AT&T also noted that, as with its contract plans, 1GB can also
be added to the $60 plan for a one-time cost of $10. Its $45
counterpart, though, offers a 500MB allotment increase for $10.
These AT&T GoPhone plans come in addition to existing $40 and
$25 per-month offers with unlimited texting and 500 or 250 voice
minutes, respectively. While the $40 package comes with 500MB of
data, the $25 version requires the purchase of a 50MB allotment
for an extra $5.
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