Mobile Lowdown 8-9-11: Apple/HTC/Lodsys; ZTE; Twitter/Square; Mobile Ads

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

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) patent cases: The ITC is launching its investigation of Apple’s patent complaint against HTC. If it sides with Apple, that could mean a ban on some Android-based HTC devices. Meanwhile, Apple’s ramped up its request to intervene in the Lodsys suit against developers (via Reuters, Foss Patents)

AMD: The chipmaker defends its position to stay out of the smartphone market. (via PCWorld)

Mobile Ads: Research from Jumptap found iPhone users click on the most mobile ads, but Android is the most popular platform on its ad network. (via Jumptap)

Twitter/Square: The social network and mobile payments startup are among those that are barring their shareholders from trading on secondary exchanges to limit the number of investors. (via Bloomberg)

RIM: Investor Primecap Management has doubled its stake in RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) to five percent, making it the largest outside shareholder of the company. (SEC filing)

ZTE: Bullish results for ZTE as mobile shipments in the first half of the year were up 30 percent to 35 million. The Chinese handset maker aims to make the U.S. its biggest market in five years. (via Reuters)

Verizon: As 45,000 landline workers continue their strike, some question whether the growth is wireless is to blame for the drop off in business. (via ABC)

Tablets in Europe: iPad challenges have a better chance of success in Europe, says Forrester. (via Apple Insider)

— Lenovo: The Taiwanese company is aiming for a new smartphone and tablet in Q3 this year. (via Good Gear Guide)