First News Briefs for April 12, 2012
Microsoft says it scored a minor victory yesterday when a Seattle district judge blocked Motorola Mobility from getting an injunction that would have stopped Microsoft from selling its products in Germany. In return, Microsoft has reportedly agreed to license Motorola's patents, according to a Reuters report.
The Mobile500 Alliance plans to demonstrate its new mobile television app at the National Association of Broadcasters’ upcoming annual conference in Las Vegas. Features of the updated application include social media integration, closed captioning, interstitials and interactive banners. The app is slated for soft launch in late June. Conditional access and audience measurement will be incorporated with the app in time for its debut.
Mobile applications company appRenaissance has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from FirstMark Capital. AppRenaissance CEO Bob Moul and other Philadelphia-area angel investors are also participating in the financing round, which will be used to hire new employees and develop the company's Unifeed mobile middleware platform. The company was founded in 2010 and customers include TicketFly, BizEquity, AllFanz, Radian, geo-social startup Interact, and high-risk insurer Pennsylvania Surplus Lines Association.
Security specialist AdaptiveMobile has landed former Nokia Siemens Networks and Oracle Systems executive Cody Bowman as its new general manager for the Americas, where he will oversee the company's growth in the region. Bowman most recently helped oversee the business solutions organization at Nokia Siemens. Before that, he was an executive director at Oracle.