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Mobile Lowdown 04-22-11: Google Lawsuits; Twitter Mobile; Apple Privacy

Our look at some of the stories in mobile today: progress on the Google/Oracle lawsuit while Google (NSDQ: GOOG) gets a setback in a Linux-related case in Texas; Twitter tries out some mobile promotion; Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) location-tracking explained.

Google/Oracle: Apple and Samsung may be leaving Google and Android out of their legal scuffle, but Oracle is certainly not. That case will get a court airing by November of this year, a judge has said.

Google/Linux: Meanwhile, Google has been ordered to pay $5 million in damages in another Android-related lawsuit. Bedrock Computer Technologies sued the search giant for violating one of its Linux patents.

Twitter: A micro-marketing move from the microblogging company. Twitter’s pushing more mobile usage when people who log out of its basic web client, by promoting its mobile apps. When Facebook made a similar move last year, mobile usage of the social network boomed. Can we expect to see the same kind of uptick for Twitter?

More on Apple and data collection: A closer look into the hows and — importantly — whys of Apple’s location data collecting practices from Wired.