Mobile Lowdown 7-22-11: Vodafone; iPhone Bluetooth; Twitter Mobile Payments

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

Earnings: Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) reported better-than-expected, if small, growth in service revenues for the quarter ended June 30. Verizon is set to report later today. (Our story, Verizon)

iPhone: Will the next-generation iPhone opt for Bluetooth instead of NFC for short-range, wireless transactions? (via ITProPortal)

Twitter: Will Twitter consider mobile payments as one direction for development? This article raises the question, but is near-absent on details for how it could be done. (via SquareBerry)

Oracle: Oracle has bought Ksplice, a technology developer that has created a way to update Linux-based systems remotely and without rebooting — something that fits with Oracle’s existing mobile portfolio. (via Oracle)

TruePosition: The mobile location-tracking company owned by Liberty Media (NSDQ: LINTA) is suing Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) and LM Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) over antitrust allegations. (via Bloomberg)