FirstNews Briefs for November 18, 2011
• Aruba Networks is acquiring Avenda Systems for an undisclosed sum. The deal will help Aruba expand its mobile device management offering for businesses struggling to control employee-owned smartphones used in the work environment. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of Aruba's fiscal year 2012, ending Jan. 31, 2012, subject to standard closing conditions.
• Graphics Properties Holdings has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against several tech firms, including Research In Motion, HTC, LG Electronics, Apple, Samsung, Sony and Sony Ericsson. The complaint alleges the companies have violated Graphics Properties' patents used in consumer electronics and displays, and asks for a ban on the importation of devices that violate its patents.
• Greg Guice has been appointed to the FCC's Office of Legislative Affairs. He most recently served as the division's acting director and special counsel, and has worked at the FCC for the past 12 years. Christopher Lewis has been appointed deputy director of the office. Lewis previously handled legislative affairs for the agency's team in charge of the national broadband plan.
• Sprint is now selling a low-cost Android smartphone, the Express. The Express costs just $20 and comes equipped with a qwerty keyboard, 2.6-inch touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera and mobile hotspot capability. The device is available through telesales, Sprint's website and can be ordered in its retail stores. The manufacturer of the Express was not disclosed.
• TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received 13 patents on mobile location and geographic information systems mapping technology from the U.S. Patent Office. The patents cover location techniques while roaming, support for multiple location servers and geofencing techniques. TCS has more than 186 patents issued worldwide and 330 pending patent applications.