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Monday, November 24...

Reuters: Google, Rockstar Consortium Reach Patent Settlement Agreement
Reuters 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
AT&T has refreshed 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.

... Brady Hicks, Faulkner Information Services

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