Bad news for lawyers: The Financial Times reports (subscription required) that Samsung is calling off the dogs, patent-litigation wise, when it comes to the sale of Apple devices in Europe. Samsung had been under pressure from the EC over its apparent unwillingness to license its intellectual property to rivals. On Monday a U.S. court denied an Apple motion to permanently block the sale of 26 Samsung products.
Samsung Corp., Apple Inc., Italian public transport and Colt Technology Services Group Ltd set the tone in today's trot through the EMEA headlines.
3 Italia, Vodafone Italy and Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA have teamed up to offer mobile ticketing on public transport services in Southern Italy in collaboration with IPX, the mobile payment and messaging company that Gemalto recently acquired from Ericsson AB. Bus passengers can buy tickets by sending an SMS and the charges are then sent to their mobile phone bills.
Pan-European services provider Colt is to take a hit of up to €33 million (US$43.8 million) in the current quarter related to the cost of its 2011 corporate restructuring program, reports Reuters.
Things are looking encouraging for Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) on the BlackBerry 10 front in the U.K., with Everything Everywhere Ltd. (EE) committing to offer the new models on its recently launched 4G network and the operators' rivals doing likewise on steam-powered 3G. Also, Phones 4u, one the top U.K. mobile retailers, has said it will be stocking Blackberry 10 devices when they launch in the new year.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading