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Google poaches apps guru from GetJar

Google has made a major hire in the apps space, poaching GetJar’s Patrick Mork (pictured) to become its new Marketing Director for Mobile Applications. Mork has been GetJar’s Chief Marketing Officer for three years and is a high profile figure in the industry. Mork’s new role is likely to ratchet up the war of words between Google and Apple regarding their respective apps strategies.

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RIM claims largest global BlackBerry launch

RIM announced what it described as its “largest global launch ever,” with five new handsets set to be released based on BlackBerry 7 OS from later this month. The company said that “more than 225 carriers and distribution partners” have either started or completed certification tests for the range, indicating it is expecting a broad early availability of the new handsets.

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US planning patent probe, as Google strengthens hand

The Wall Street Journal reported that the US Justice Department is “intensifying” an investigation into whether companies including Apple, Microsoft and RIM could use the patent portfolio they recently acquired from Nortel Networks to “unfairly hobble competing smartphones using Google’s Android software,” as it was separately reported that Google had strengthened its own patent armoury with an acquisition of intellectual property from IBM.

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