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  • ITC sides with Apple, bans sale and import of some HTC phones
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    The ITC has issued a ruling in favor of Apple Inc., banning the sale and import or certain HTC phones in the US. The ruling, which was widely expected to finally be handed down today after being delayed twice, finds that HTC violates a pair of patents held by the Cupertino company regarding the formating of data (such as phone numbers) in otherwise unstructured documents (such as emails) allowing users to interact with them. The ban isn’t scheduled to be enacted until April 19th of 2012, giving HTC and Google plenty of time to address the court’s concerns. The Taiwanese manufacturer could also simply remove the feature from its phones, though, the ability to interact with such information across apps, such as tapping a phone number in an email to dial it, is an ability most consumers expect their devices to support.

    The International Trade Commission did not find that HTC violated two other patents in question, which related to realtime signal processing and would have been much more difficult to HTC to circumvent. Of course, this saga is far from over and we expect these two (along with practically every other mobile manufacturer on the planet) to continue to duke it out in the courts as opposed to in our stores.

    You can check out the full PDF of the ruling at the source.

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    ITC sides with Apple, bans sale and import of some HTC phones originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger plans

    AT&T has officially given up on its plans to buy out T-Mobile. In a statement, the company said it had agreed with Deutsche Telekom to cease pursuing a merger, which has come under increasing scrutiny from both the government and advocacy groups. The failed attempt to snatch up its smaller, German-owned competitor will ultimately cost Ma Bell $4 billion and it’s not paying those dues without some grumbling. In the release the FCC and DOJ bear the brunt of AT&T’s ire, which are accused of harming customers and exasperating the already looming spectrum shortage. Of course, this also hurts the carrier’s ability to compete with Verizon which has been on a spectrum buying spree as of late. As a consolation prize Deutsche Telekom and AT&T have entered a roaming agreement, though the structure of that deal and whether it’s purely international or domestic roaming remains to be seen. The complete press release from AT&T can be found after the break.

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    AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger plans originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM
    It’s Monday, and almost as regular an occurrence as the day itself, we’re here to help by letting you listen into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 5:30PM. Please be a part of it by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participating in the live chat as you listen in.

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    Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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