FirstNews Briefs for February 28, 2011
• Sprint is offering all customers who subscribe to its equipment protection plan a free app that lets users locate and remotely lock lost smartphones, as well as erase, backup, manage and restore contacts. The app is available for download on Sprint's website and is included for free with Sprint's Total Equipment Protection plan for Android and BlackBerry smartphones, which costs $7 per month.
• Motorola Mobility is suing TiVo for patent infringement over the digital video recording technology used in set-top boxes. The lawsuit is part of an ongoing dispute over the technology used in set-top boxes for Verizon's FiOS service and AT&T's U-Verse service.
• HTC says its new Android 2.2 HTC Merge will launch with "multiple North American carriers" this spring. The Merge has a slide-out qwerty keyboard, HTC Sense, 3.8-inch touchscreen display and a five megapixel camera. The device is HTC's first Android-based CDMA world phone.
• Verizon has added mobile capabilities to its unified communications and collaboration offering. The company's mobile unified communications client is designed to extend business telephony solutions to mobile handsets and uses a docking station that lets workers replace their traditional desk phone with a single mobile device.
• The FCC plans to look into improving the availability of wireless services on tribal lands at its next open meeting on Thursday, March 3. The FCC also will look at a proposed rule that would require device manufacturers make their products accessible to people with disabilities.
• Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) has acquired mobile technology, marketing and services company Golden Bytes International B.V, which has a strong customer base in the Netherlands and Belgium. The acquisition is part of MIG's plans to expand its footprint to Europe, the United States and Australia. MIG specializes in mobile billing, messaging, commerce, advertising, marketing, websites and apps.
• Telecommunications services provider Arbinet Corporation says its shareholders have approved its merger with Primus. Primus offered to buy Arbinet in November of last year, and the deal will close today if all other closing conditions are met.