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Kodak mulling patent sale; NTP patents set for review

Imaging company Eastman Kodak is reported to be mulling the sale of a patent which is currently the subject of infringements suits against Apple and RIM. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reports that US patent holding company NTP had received mixed news in a bid to save its wireless email patent portfolio, which it has previously used to secure a settlement with RIM worth more than US$600 million.

AT&T set for data throttling

AT&T said that as of 1 October 2011, it will reduce the data speeds for the top five percent of the heaviest data users on its unlimited data plans, noting that to fall into this group “you have to use an extraordinary amount of data in a single billing period.”

AlcaLu damages cut following MS patent appeal

AFP said that Microsoft has to pay Alcatel-Lucent US$70 million following a patent infringement suit, reduced from the previous figure of US$358 million following an appeal from the US computing giant.

LightSquared expects US3.5B more funding; cuts NSN deal

US wholesale LTE operator prospect LightSquared claims it will receive between US$3 billion and US$3.5 billion in additional funding over the next two and a half years.

Skyfire launches Flash for iPhone app

Video tech firm Skyfire launched an iOS app that allows Flash videos to be viewed on the iPhone.

Qualcomm AR SDK available for download

Qualcomm made available a “public beta” of its Augmented Reality Software Development Kit for iOS, which it said “enables developers to use Apple’s XCode and Unity 3 to build high-performance, interactive 3D AR experiences.”

Azumio raises US2.5M funding

Health apps developers Azumio raised US$2.5 million in Series A funding, which it said will be used “to expand its product development.”

In-app gaming purchases averaging US14 per transaction, says Flurry

A survey by apps analytics firm Flurry has found that average spending within ‘Freemium’ gaming apps has reached US$14 – which it says could cut into the revenues from portable gaming devices such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Sprint fails to impress with Q2 numbers

Sprint announced its results for the second quarter of 2011, with its recently-announced multibillion dollar deal with LightSquared failing to distract from the uninspiring numbers.

Sprint and LightSquared confirm anticipated alliance

US operator Sprint confirmed its long-anticipated tie up with LTE network start-up LightSquared, stating that the companies have entered into a “15 year agreement that includes spectrum hosting and network services, 4G wholesale, and 3G roaming.”