Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lawsuit against Google’s Motorola Mobility unit, regarding royalties Apple would be forced to pay in order to license some of Motorola’s mobile phone patents, was thrown out of court by a federal judge in Madison, Wis. The lawsuit was dismissed on November 5 mere hours prior to when the the trial was scheduled to begin in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, Reuters reports. “Apple and Microsoft accuse Google of demanding too high a royalty for some of its so-called standard essential patents,” according to the story. “Motorola promised to license those patents on fair terms, they argue, in exchange for Motorola technology being adopted as an industry standard.”
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): According to a report from last night, the tech world was misled by a report in the Guardian stating that a native Google Maps application for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS is still possible, CNET reports, citing Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter to iOS 6 users.
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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Apple has been preparing to replace the Intel processors used in its PCs with ARM’s silicon, according to Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources close to the situation. Apple has used Intel chips in its PCs since 2005, and the transition would take years, the sources said. ARM processors, which licenses chip designs to Qualcomm along with others, are currently used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad products. An investor note from Sterne Agee stated that it would take time before Apple will have the ability to optimize the chips to run the Mac OS X operating system, but the firm also noted that eventually the ARM processors gain enough power to run intensive Mac applications. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu claims that the migration to a proprietary chip was inevitable.
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