Mobile Lowdown 9-7-11: Phone Tracking; RIM; iPhone 5; iPad Australia


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

» A victory for civil liberties companies, and a possible shadow for some mobile data companies. Authorities in the U.S. will have to reveal details to mobile users about how they use cell phone data to track them. (via Reuters)

» RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) shareholders are pressing the company to carry out a “formal process for the maximization of shareholder value.” That includes a possible sale. (shareholder letter)

» The tablet suit against Samsung by Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) in Australia may cough up some interesting details, including data on how the iPad has sold in the U.S. and UK. (via Bloomberg)

» Another (possibly dodgy) hint of the iPhone 5 via advance sales, this time in China, where presales of the “iPhone 5” on Taobao are apparently costing 9,999 yuan ($1,564!). (via DoNews)

» Meanwhile, another source alleges that Foxconn and Pegatron — two key Apple suppliers — are already iPhone 5 devices, but have yet to load them up with the iOS software. (via Macotakara)

» AT&T (NYSE: T) may end up paying less than its original bid of $39 billion for T-Mobile if the changes requested by regulators become too pricey to implement or reduce the value of the assets. (via Bloomberg)

» Facebook has a new version of its app for iOS, but has yet to develop one specifically for the iPad. (via iTunes)

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