First News Briefs for August 23, 2012
TruePosition says a judge has denied a motion to dismiss its antitrust suit against Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm and the 3GPP, allowing the case to proceed. TruePosition claims that the companies and the standards body conspired to exclude its positioning technologies from LTE specifications, instead favoring those developed by the infrastructure vendors and the chip designer.
Cricket Communications will begin selling its first HTC phone on Sept. 2. The HTC One V runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, Beats Audio software and a 5 megapixel camera. Users get two years of up to 25 GB of free storage on Dropbox, and the phone works with Cricket's Muve Music service. The HTC One V carries a no-contract price tag of about $270.
Boost Mobile has landed a new WiMAX phone, the Samsung Galaxy II 4G. The device will become available at the Sprint prepaid brand beginning Sept. 6, carrying a no-contract price tag of $370. The company plans to offer the device at some national retail outlets later that month. The Galaxy II 4G will be one of three new Samsung devices launching at Boost next month. The Samsung Array will start selling Sept. 4 for $60, and the Samsung Galaxy Rush will go on sale toward the end of the month for $150.
Mobile security company Mocana has raised $25 million in a Series D funding round led by Trident Capital, with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Shasta, Southern Cross and Symantec. The cash is more than double the $22 million Mocana said it raised in previous funding rounds. The startup plans to use the financing to expand its device and application security platform.