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Nov 28, 2012

Nokia wins tribunal ruling on wireless patents

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia has won its dispute with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) over use of its patents related to wireless local access network (WLAN) technology, the Finnish company said on Wednesday.

Announcing that an arbitrator had ruled in its favor, Nokia said: “It found that RIM was in breach of contract and is not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties.”

Nov 20, 2012

New start-up hubs challenging Silicon Valley – study

Nov 20 (Reuters) – Silicon Valley remains the world’s most
attractive spot for technology start-ups with other locations
around the world catching up, according to a report published on
Tuesday.

Silicon Valley-based start-ups raise, on average, a third
more capital than those in other areas, the report, conducted by
research firm Startup Genome and funded by Spanish group
Telefonica, said.

Nov 16, 2012

New mobile networks vulnerable to jamming attacks-US researchers

Nov 16 (Reuters) – New high-speed wireless networks are
vulnerable to relatively simple jamming attacks, which could be
used by terrorists or criminals, a research group at a U.S.
university has warned.

The wireless research group at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg,
Virginia, said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce
that it found “extremely effective attacks can be realized,
using fairly low complexity.”

Nov 14, 2012

New game birds play cuckoo in Nokia’s nest

HELSINKI (Reuters) – While mobile phone maker Nokia has hit hard times and looks unlikely to regain its commanding position in the Finnish economy, nine years ago it helped feed a newly hatched technology niche in its homeland.

The cellphone giant, which once made more than half the world’s smartphones and 4 percent of Finnish GDP, funded an award won by Rovio, now one of the world’s two leading mobile gaming firms along with local rival Supercell, which next week opens a new HQ at former Nokia premises near central Helsinki.

Nov 14, 2012

Finnish app for best call-plan to launch in U.S.

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish startup Alekstra will launch this month in the United States its iPhone application, which picks the best call-plan based on consumers’ billing history, and could dent profitability of iPhone users for the carriers.

It has tried the Ratemizer app in Finland since last month, with a few thousand users finding that they overpaying on average by 35 percent as they usually underestimate call volume and overestimate texting volume.

Nov 7, 2012

Satnav app Waze starts to tap into location-based ads

By Tarmo Virki

(Reuters) – Mobile satellite navigation startup Waze launched a global advertising platform on Wednesday, targeting its 30 million users based on their location.

Waze, founded in 2009 in Israel, uses satellite signals from members’ smartphones to generate maps and traffic data, which it then shares with other users, offering real-time traffic info.

Oct 25, 2012

Secure profit gains on security software demand

HELSINKI, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Finnish software group F-Secure
Oyj reported stronger-than-expected third quarter
profits on Thursday as demand rose for its computer-protecting
software.

The company cautioned, however, that the economic slowdown
could hurt growth in coming quarters.

Oct 23, 2012

Tieto raises profit outlook as overhaul bears fruit

HELSINKI, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Nordic IT services provider
Tieto raised its profit outlook for the full year,
boosted by a rise in sales and cost cutting as an overhaul of
the company bears fruit.

Tieto, which competes with bigger technology services
companies such as Accenture and IBM, is aiming
to boost its operating profit margin as part of a revamp under
new Chief Executive Kimmo Alkio as the euro zone debt crisis
clouds the outlook for its customers.

Oct 12, 2012

STMicro defends group’s unity after breakup report

PARIS (Reuters) – STMicroelectronics (STM.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it was not planning to split itself up contrary to a report that Europe’s top semiconductor maker was considering a breakup, which sent its shares up by nearly a fifth.

Bloomberg reported earlier that STMicro could split up its analog and digital businesses, as well as selling its struggling mobile-phone chip venture with Ericsson (ERICb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), although no decision had been made.

Oct 11, 2012

Reuters Poll: Samsung extends lead over Apple in smartphone race

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics pulled further ahead of rival Apple in the global smartphone market in the third quarter, showing strong demand for its latest top-of-the-range model, the Galaxy SIII, according to a Reuters poll.

The two industry giants were the only companies among the top 10 cellphone makers to have won market share last quarter, due to the strength of their smartphone brands – Galaxy and iPhone – the poll of 40 equity and telecoms market analysts showed.