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Mobile Lowdown 9-9-11: Intel Meego; Apple/Samsung; Apps; Microsoft

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

» Intel is remaining committed to the MeeGo wireless OS, despite reports that it will not, after Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has all but pulled out of developing for the OS. (WSJ)

» Apple wins the appeal to keep a ban on the sale or promotion of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. (via Bloomberg)

» Microsoft has removed the AVG antivirus app from its app store. The app allegedly scanned for viruses on a device, but there are no viruses currently on Windows Phone, and the app appeared to be collecting information about users. (Winrumors)

» Controversy around Apple‘s new “spaceship” campus? (via 9to5Mac)

» UK bookseller Waterstone‘s wants to launch its own e-reader. (via The Bookseller)

» Ovum says that downloads on the Android platform will overtake those on the iOS platform for the first time, 8.1 billion compared to 6 billion. Overall there will be 18 billion downloads, a growth of 144 percent over last year, for a value of $3.7 billion. Feature app stores, meanwhile, will rake in $1 billion this year. (via Forbes, Ovum)

» More on what Facebook might be doing with its web-based “Project Spartan”: it has hired Teck Chia, a specialist in HTML5 apps. (TechCrunch)

» Another sign of Apple infiltrating the enterprise: Lowe’s, the home improvement chain, will be deploying 42,000 iPhone to its staff. (Bloomberg)

» Introducing Triposo, very Google-like, aggregating content- based, new mobile travel site emerges…founded by ex-Googlers. (Triposo)

» Mobile operator Vodafone is opening a new R&D center in Silicon Valley, called Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) Xone. (via Vodafone)

» Big patent overhaul underway in the U.S. (Bloomberg, TNW)

» More disruption in the app store business model. A new app store from GetJar, GetJar Gold, which will offer users premium, ad-free Android apps free of charge. (via GetJar)