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Mobile Lowdown 5-31-11: Apple Suits; Appsfire; Google iOS Search; AT&T/T-Mo

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A look at some of the big stories in mobile today: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) moves to have its Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) case reopened while Samsung pushes for evidence on future products in its Apple case; Appsfire raises $3.6 million; Google (NSDQ: GOOG) revamps iPhone search; Twitter looking at new image service; AT&T/T-Mobile USA deal may get reviewed in California; games developer Sega spars on mobile apps while Glu (NSDQ: GLUU) raises forecast on app success.

Apple suits: The International Trade Commission has issued a notice granting Nokia a partial review of certain patents in its case against Apple. The ITC had dismissed claims in March that Apple had violated patents on certain technical aspects of its portable devices; now it is reopening an investigation into two specific patents, one relating to the camera and another relating to antenna and speaker architecture. Nokia still has a second case against Apple ongoing at the ITC.

Meanwhile, Samsung has asked a federal court to give it access to Apple’s future iPad and iPhone designs. Samsung says that it’s only fair, since Apple has demanded, and been granted, access to Samsung’s future Galaxy line of products, as part of the evidence in its suit against the company.

Appsfire: The app discovery startup has raised a series A round of $3.6 million, with the investment led by the French investment fund Idinvest, who have backed various other French startups such as DailyMotion. Appsfire, which charts and markets apps on the iOS and Android platforms, has picked up two million users since it started up last year.

Google: Looks like the search giant is revamping its iPhone-based web search, adding in more functionality to search images, places and news — putting it more in line with web-based search. (via PhoneArena)

Twitter: It’s been pulling in the reigns on clients that simply mimic the basic Twitter newsfeed experience. Now it looks like what Twitter considers to be the basic experience is set to broaden: TechCrunch is reporting that Twitter is getting ready to launch its own, mobile-dependent photo snapping and sharing service — an area that’s currently dominated by a range of mobile apps like Twitpic, Yfrog and Instagram.

AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile USA: The state of California is looking into a review of the $39 billion proposed merger of the two mobile operators. This could lead to a delay or further conditions on the deal — but it’s unlikely to halt it altogether.

Sega and Glu: A tale of two games developers here, one seemingly not able to control how it gets used on mobile, and the other capitalising on it. One, Sega, has been flexing its muscle and had some apps removed that simulated the Sega platform on Android. These had been some of the most popular paid gaming apps. Meanwhile, Glu has raised its guidance for the next quarter because of strong demand for its mobile games. It now expects revenues of $16 million – $17 million, compared to $15 million – $16.5 million. It will continue to have an operating loss, albeit a smaller one than previously thought.