Mobile

More anti-trust issues?

Now that Qualcomm has to pay $975 million to settle an anti-trust in China, you’d think that’s the last we’d hear about it. Nope. It appears that South Korea is going to take its turn to investigate Qualcomm’s practices in that country according to Mobile World Live. In 2009, Qualcomm paid $200 million in fines for “unreasonable and discriminatory terms for licensing its patents” in South Korea, so this isn’t the company’s first rodeo there. Although Qualcomm chips power the bulk of smartphones and tablets today, nearly a third of its $27 billion in revenue last year came from royalties and licensing of its patents.

good morning redmond

As had been rumored last week, Microsoft has officially purchased Sunrise Atelier, a startup that makes a popular calendar app for basically every major mobile OS except Windows. No price was announced, but last week TechCrunch reported it was “north of” $100 million. Like Microsoft’s purchase of Acompli, which later became the email component of the official Outlook app for iOS and Android, Sunrise is expected to be integrated into Microsoft’s own Exchange-based mobile apps. Sunrise is promising that its calendar app will “remain free and available” for iOS, Android, Mac as well as through a web app.

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