Mobile Lowdown 9-22-11: HP; HTC; Color; Google/Oracle

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

» Embarrassing reports on HP’s board following the news that the company may be looking to replace CEO Leo Apotheker: Most of them had never met Apotheker before appointing him to the job, part of what looks like a catalogue of errors over the past several years. (NY Times; WSJ)

» Possible bad news for Softbank: The company may be losing its exclusive grip on the iPhone in Japan, as KDDI hammers out an agreement with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). (Reuters)

» Some advance in the negotiations between Oracle and Google over their Android suit: looks like Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has talked Oracle down to a claim of “only” $2 billion, down from the $6.1 billion Oracle was originally demanding. (Bloomberg)

» Color‘s journey to reinvent itself after its $40 million-funded hype crash looks like it will focus on a Facebook app, Blue, which is being softlaunched with Harvard students (taking a page from Zuckerberg’s own book). (TechCrunch)

» HTC’s North Asia President Jack Tong says there is no question that the Taiwan company will win in its patent fight against Apple (he must be thinking about HTC’s huge licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures and acquisition of S3 Graphics, which help secure the company’s position at the bargaining table). (Korea Times; TNW)

» Lowell McAdam, the CEO of Verizon, said that the proposed merger of T-Mobile and AT&T (NYSE: T) was bound to happen — “had to occur” — given the tight situation in spectrum. (Bloomberg)