A look at some of the big stories in mobile today: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) settle their patent dispute; two more companies — the New York Times (NYSE: NYT) and OpinionLab — file suits against Lodsys; Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) buys Telcordia; Skype signs a deal with Comcast; (NSDQ: CMCSA) and the cost of iTunes.
– Nokia/Apple: The two have finally settled a long-running patent dispute, which found the two suing each other on both sides of the Atlantic over smartphone IP. It looks like Nokia is the one with the bigger payout. Full story here with visualization here.
– Lodsys: More suits against the patent-holding company that itself is suing several developers and companies with web properties over patent infringement. In this latest case, the New York Times and market research firm OpinionLab are seeking to invalidate the patents held by Lodsys. Both companies have been at the receiving end of Lodsys’ claims that they have been violating patents. It believes the NY Times infringes by tracking ad click-through, and while OpinionLab has not had a direct suit, like ForeSee Results (also seeking to invalidate patents) it has clients who have been sued, as recently as last Friday.
– Ericsson/Telcordia: Some consolidation on the equipment vendor side of things. Wireless equipment giant Ericsson is buying Telcordia, which focuses on business and operational support systems, for $1.15 billion. The all-cash deal with add some 2,600 employees to Ericsson.
– Skype: Mobile is not the only extra channel that Skype has targeted for growth; TV is another, but it is only now starting to see some traction. Internet calling company Skype, which is getting acquired by Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) pending regulatory approval, is partnering with Comcast to deliver a video/voice calling service as well as Skype chat, through its Xfinity TV service. Users will be able also to access mobile features when using Skype through Comcast’s Xfinity mobile app. Trials will begin in the coming months.
– iTunes: Horace Dediu, analyst at Asymco, has done some number crunching to bring out some more financial deals around Apple’s iTunes music and app store. He figures that the iTunes store costs $$1.3 billion/year to run; with a monthly operations costs of around $113 million.