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Jul 5, 2011

Satnav startup Waze doubles users, signs ABC deal

HELSINKI, July 5 (Reuters) – Mobile satellite navigation
start-up Waze has doubled its customer base in the past six
months to nearly five million, and expects more growth from new
deals with television and public sector clients.

Waze also unveiled a partnership with ABC’s local
channel in Los Angeles that will help motorists find the best
routes through congestion.

Jun 22, 2011

Struggling Nokia revamps ops, reels in Navteq

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Ailing Finnish cellphone maker Nokia Oyj is revamping its business to bolster location-based services as it tries to gain profitability and compete more effectively against rivals such as Apple Inc.

Nokia said on Wednesday it would incorporate Navteq, an independent unit specializing in the fast-growing digital mapping, into its broader services business.

Jun 16, 2011

Traffic data firm Inrix working towards 2012 IPO

BERLIN, June 16 (Reuters) – Private-equity backed Inrix,
the largest independent traffic data provider, plans to go
public next year, cashing in on the rising demand for its
data.

“It will be next year. We are actively working on it,”
Inrix’ European chief Hans-Hendrik Puvogel told Reuters in an
interview on sidelines of an industry conference in Berlin.

Jun 16, 2011

Interview: Traffic data firm Inrix working towards 2012 IPO

BERLIN, June 16 (Reuters) – Private-equity backed Inrix,
the largest independent traffic data provider, plans to go
public next year, cashing in on the rising demand for its
data.

“It will be next year. We are actively working on it,”
Inrix’ European chief Hans-Hendrik Puvogel told Reuters in an
interview on sidelines of an industry conference in Berlin.

Jun 16, 2011

Nokia loses UK court ruling vs patent firm IPCom

BERLIN (Reuters) – A court in London ruled a key patent held by a German company called IPCom was valid, marking a major victory for the group in its long legal battle with Finnish phone maker Nokia Oyj.

“It is the first case for some considerable time where a telecoms patent has been upheld as valid and infringed by the UK courts,” said Myles Jelf, a partner at Bristows Partner which advised IPCom, an intellectual property firm .

Jun 15, 2011

TomTom says in talks over several in-car deals

BERLIN (Reuters) – TomTom (TOM2.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in talks with several car makers over deals for in-car navigation systems, a senior company official said on Wednesday.

Deals with automotive companies like Renault (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Fiat (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mazda Motor Co (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have been key growth drivers for the Dutch firm as sales of personal navigation devices slows due to economic crisis and the roll-out of free navigation on cellphones.

Jun 14, 2011

Nokia wins rare victory as Apple settles legal row

HELSINKI, June 14 (Reuters) – Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) notched up a
rare victory against arch-rival Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as the iPhone
maker agreed to settle a long-running row over patents.

Nokia said on Tuesday the deal would boost second-quarter
earnings, having warned at the end of May that it would miss
targets.

Jun 13, 2011

Samsung, Apple to end Nokia’s smartphone reign – Nomura

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the world’s largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.

In the next quarter Nomura also sees also Apple Inc overtaking Nokia, pushing the Finnish company to No. 3 in the rankings.

Jun 13, 2011

Samsung, Apple to end Nokia’s smartphone reign

HELSINKI, June 13 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
(005930.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will become the world’s largest smartphone maker
this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) which
has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.

In the next quarter Nomura also sees also Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
overtaking Nokia, pushing the Finnish company to No. 3 in the
rankings.

Jun 13, 2011

Logitech sees no threat from Microsoft-Skype

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Logitech expects a boost in its business from Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype as the deal should lift wider take-up of videocommunications, a senior executive told Reuters.

Craig Malloy, co-founder and chief executive of Logitech’s LifeSize unit, dismissed analysts’ fears that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype created further risks to it and other video technology providers.