Mobile Lowdown 9-26-11: Apple iPad Orders; Apple Event; Samsung; Verizon


Credit: Tom Krazit

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

» As ever, Apple is dominating mobile conversations. But it’s not all good news…

It looks like the event everyone keeps saying will take place on October 4 will be held at their own campus in Cupertino. Reports are emerging that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has now blacked out several days in October for employees to take time off — in preparation for a big sales push? Meanwhile, a sign of possible clouds? There are also reports coming out that Apple has actually cut orders for the iPad from its suppliers. What could be behind it? (AllThingsD; AppleInsider; Bloomberg)

» More on how a bad board can be the undoing of a company, using HP as the example of the day. (Monday Note)

» Lessons learned from the first four years of the “e-book revolution.” (Idea Logical)

» Samsung has announced its newest Windows Phone, the Omnia W, shipping with the newest “Mango” update to the OS. It will start shipping at the end of October and will come first to Italy. (Samsung via Marketwatch)

» Meanwhile, Verizon has backed Samsung (sort of) in its legal fight with Apple: it is requesting that the judge in the U.S. Federal District Court of Northern California deny Apple’s request for preliminary injunctions on Samsung’s Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.. Verizon’s argument is that an injunction could interfere with Verizon’s LTE/4G rollout, and that would have wider economic impacts. The case is scheduled to be hear October 13. (Slash Gear)

» Motricity, the mobile marketing company, has secured a $20 million loan from High River LP, a company controlled by Carl Icahn, and is exploring strategic alternatives as a business, including possibly selling the company. (Benziga)

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