London (CNN) – The heated rivalry between two of the world’s technology giants just got hotter. Samsung intends to file court injunctions in France and Italy to stop Apple selling its latest flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 4S, in both countries when it releases later this month.
Samsung is accusing Apple of two patent infringements, both dealing with wireless telecommunications technology.
Samsung’s move will not come as much of a surprise to Apple or its lawyers. Both companies have been aggressively pursuing each other through the international legal system for most of 2011 with over 20 claims filed in 10 countries since April.
London (CNN)–Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola is a huge bet both financially - this being its biggest ever acquisition - and strategically.
Android, the operating system which Google built and developed to bring its money making services such as Search to the mobile phone, dominates the low-to-mid price smart-phone market.
It does this by offering phone makers such as Samsung and HTC powerful software to run on their hardware. With this set-up the phone makers do what they do well - make the phones - while Google provides the software.
By buying Motorola Mobility, a hardware company, they appear to be shifting away from that strategy.
So why do it?
(CNN) - Foursquare, the internet business which started out as a social game, allowed users to 'check-in' to locations, pick up 'badges' and become 'mayors.'
That was then, but things change fast in the faddish world of online. Its focus is now moving to the more serious, real world business of payments, coupons, offers and retail.
To fuel this reinvention, co-founder Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai announced that the business recently raised $50 million from their current Silicon Valley venture capital backers who have a good track record of picking winners (think Facebook, Skype, Groupon and Twitter).
For the Mad Men of international advertising and marketing there is no better event to see and be seen at than the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the south of France. It's wall to wall agency CEOs, account managers, clients and all the important creatives from around the globe.
There is no doubt that this is an industry in flux. With companies connecting directly with their customers over the web and the most popular online videos being made by somebody who forgot to turn their camcorder off, the people who hold the marketing purse strings are rightly questioning the impact of that big budget photo-shoot and international campaign.
But with change comes opportunity, and this year opportunities seem to be in abundance.
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