Mobile Lowdown 9-23-11: Google Spain; Apple Stock, Apple In China; ZTE; HP


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

» Google has started to quietly distribute its own SIM cards with Nexus S devices in Spain. Signs of an operator strategy ahead? (9to5Google)

» Can Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) stock get any higher? Yes, it can. Goldman Sachs has raised the 12-month target price to $520 from its previous $480 figure. It also raised 2011 earnings estimates to $118.48 billion. (via AppleInsider)

» Apple’s bid to conquer China gets a retail boost: new glitzy stores opening today and tomorrow in Shanghai and Hong Kong, respectively, taking the total number of retail stores in the country to six. The aim is for 25 over two years. (PCWorld)

» Apple and Dropbox are joining the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the Digital Due Process Coalition, a lobbying effort trying to get the government to update its electronic privacy rules, last visited in 1986 legislation. (EFF)

» ZTE plans to roll out 4G smartphones by Q2 2012. While it has already committed to building devices using both Android and Windows Phone, it has no plans to look into its own OS. (Reuters)

» Meanwhile, ZTE gets a profile push in the U.S., courtesy of a new device launch, the Android-based Score. It is launching exclusively on the Cricket network will be sold through Best Buy, as part of a new retail partnership between the operator and the chain of stores. (Cnet)

» Now that HP has a new CEO, in the form of ex-eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) CEO Meg Whitman, a look at some of key HP (NYSE: HPQ) events up to now and former CEO Leo Apotheker’s final memo to staff, (BusinessWeek, This is my next)

» Mobile phones are likely to be unusable during the London Olympics in 2012 as the networks get overloaded with traffice. (Telegraph)

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