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  • HTC, Sony Ericsson to support 3LM's enterprise software

    Motorola on Tuesday said that HTC, Sony Ericsson, Pantech and Sharp plan to use the enterprise mobile device management software from Three Laws of Mobility, a company Motorola announced this week that it had acquired.

  • Verizon starts testing voice over its LTE network

    Verizon Wireless said on Thursday it had made the first voice call over a commercial LTE network using the Voice over LTE standard. The standard is one of two competing to become the defacto technology for routing voice calls over the new data networks.

  • Taiwan's Internet economy fights to find talent

    Tseng Chien-lin turned down an offer from the Taiwan offices of Yahoo to take a job with a barely known Internet startup involved in the design of a social application centered on dining out.His older brother had suggested that Tseng be safe and go with the big name. Most Taiwanese would opt for the massive, well-known tech firms in order to earn more money and reduce risk that their employer might not survive in the long term.Shaky Internet startups may be fine for Silicon Valley, where employees will take a chance on them in the hopes of getting in early on what may become a big success. But in Taiwan, where schools and parents urge playing it safe for cultural and economic reasons, Tseng’s decision to join the 15-person staff of Genie Capital made him something of a rebel.The rebel found a match. Genie Capital’s three American-influenced partners urge open debate among engineers, allow scribbling on the walls and keep two dogs in the wide open work space on the 17th floor of a Taipei office tower. This is a stark contrast to the Taiwan norm: cubicles, no debate, no scribbling, no dogs.“At a larger company the job duties break down very specifically, so there’s less of a challenge,” said Tseng, 26, a graduate of the island’s top-ranked National Taiwan University.“I think here it’s very open. You can see what others are doing and say what you want,” said Tseng, who goes to work in a ragged shirt emblazoned with racy words. “I’m not saying I’ll be here several years, but I want to stick around to see results.”Taiwan’s Internet startups are few, small and tough, believing that persistence will reward them. But they struggle to find people such as Tseng: qualified engineers willing to take career risks such as speaking out on the job and living with uncertainty about where the startup is going.“Because so much manufacturing is here, Taiwan needs software to go with the hardware,” said Jamie Lin, founding partner of the year-old incubator and venture capital firm appWorks Ventures in Taipei. “We’ll probably stumble a little bit. There’s going to be a latency until the talent realizes there are opportunities.”Today the Internet economy lacks the government research and funding that supports Taiwan's hardware industry, which leads Taiwan's more than US$400 billion economy. Some officials don’t know what the Internet economy is. But they concede that the best talent goes to the biggest, best-known firms.A series of major IPOs would draw that talent’s attention to online business. E-commerce in Taiwan is already worth US$10 billion, with advertising estimated at $300 million last year, Lin said. <a href="http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/372644/linkedin_may_eyeing_ipo_2011/">Any public listing by Facebook or LinkedIn</a>, both known in Taiwan, would particularly captivate Taiwan's 2.58 million college-level students, he speculated.“The first (startup) to be on par with something from New York or Silicon Valley will be hugely successful,” said Genie Capital partner Jimmy Chen.

  • WiMax update set for go-ahead this year

    A faster, more secure and energy-efficient update to the WiMax wireless Internet standard will get final approval and see commercialization within a year, industry officials said on Monday.

  • HTC goes in big with five Windows Phone 7 handsets

    Two years ago, HTC delivered the first smartphone to use Google's Android mobile phone software, the G1. On Monday, the Taiwanese company unveiled five smartphones with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system and these phones will be available in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific by late October.

  • Microsoft announces Windows Phone 7 launch partners

    Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7 OS for handheld devices on Monday, taking a step forward in the company's efforts to strengthen its position in the still-growing smartphone market. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the first phones to run the OS, and named the network operators that will distribute them.

  • NTP sues smartphone makers Apple, Google and others

    Patent holding company NTP, which received a US$612.5 million settlement from BlackBerry marker Research In Motion in a patent infringement case, has filed patent lawsuits against six makers of smartphones or related software, including Apple and Google.

  • US panel to investigate patent complaint against smartphones

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into patent complaints filed by FlashPoint Technology, which alleges that four smartphone makers have violated three patents related to the digital camera functions in the devices.

  • US trade panel to investigate S3 complaint against Apple

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched a formal investigation into four patent complaints filed against Apple by computer graphics hardware maker S3 Graphics, which asked the agency to block Apple from importing the iPhone, iPad and other products into the U.S.

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