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Patent consortium Rockstar loses bid to move Google case

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by patent consortium Rockstar to transfer patent litigation from Google Inc's home turf in California to Texas, according to a court ruling.

Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet

Finnish telecom company Nokia on Thursday recalled 30,000 chargers for its Lumia 2520 tablet due to risk it could give customers an electric shock. The AC-300 charger, manufactured by a third-party supplier, was sold in Austria, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the US. The Lumia 2520 is the first tablet by Nokia, once the world leader in the mobile phone industry but which lost its top place to South Korea's Samsung in 2012.

Google takes hit on growth disappointment

Google lost some of its luster Wednesday as quarterly results failed to meet lofty Wall Street expectations, sending its shares down sharply. The California tech giant said its first quarter profit rose 32 percent from a year ago to $3.45 billion. Chief executive Larry Page hailed "another great quarter" for Google, with revenue of $15.4 billion, up 19 percent year on year. "We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses," Page said in a statement.

Google profits grow, but short of expectations

Google said Wednesday its first quarter profit rose 32 percent from a year ago to $3.45 billion, in results below most Wall Street expectations. Chief executive Larry Page hailed "another great quarter" for the tech giant, with revenue of $15.4 billion, up 19 percent year on year. "We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm also excited with progress on our emerging businesses," Page said in a statement. But Google shares tumbled 5.7 percent in after-hours trade to $556.64, suggesting that the growth was below investor forecasts.

Wireless industry, carriers volunteer to offer anti-theft software on smartphones by 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the companies including Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Verizon Wireless, AT Owners' options will include remotely removing a smartphone's data and preventing reactivation if a phone is stolen or lost, the association said.

U.S. wins more guilty pleas in first counterfeit apps case

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The final defendants in what the U.S. government called its first prosecution of a counterfeit apps case have pleaded guilty over their roles in alleged schemes to traffic in pirated Android mobile device applications. Thomas Pace, 38, of Oregon City, Oregon, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement over his activity at Appbucket Group, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Smartphone makers, carriers embrace anti-theft initiative

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers have agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen, responding to pressure on the telecommunications industry to do more to stem theft. Starting in July 2015, all smartphones manufactured by the companies will come with free anti-theft tools preloaded on the devices or ready to be downloaded, according to wireless association CTIA, which announced the agreement on Tuesday.

Samsung introduces curved batteries for wearable devices

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Samsung SDI Co. on Tuesday rolled out curved batteries for wearable smart devices, which it said offer significantly longer battery life than those offered by its rivals. The Samsung affiliate, the world's No. 1 maker of smartphone batteries, said the 210mAh-model has five times the life compared with previous smartband batteries. The battery is used in Samsung Electronics Co.'s Gear Fit launched globally on Friday. With the improved battery, the Gear Fit can stay on for up to five days at low usages on a single charge.

Study finds new Samsung phone more durable than recent Android phones, but iPhone has edge

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. The S5 scored well given its water resistance and a sturdy back panel made of plastic, according to SquareTrade, a provider of extended protection plans. The iPhone 5s won points for being just 4 inches diagonally, compared with about 5 inches for the Android phones. That makes the iPhone easier to grip and thus less likely to slip out of one's hands.

Blackberry plans Heartbleed patches as mobile threat scrutinized

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace.
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