Nancy GohringWriter, IDG News Service

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Nancy Gohring is a freelance journalist who started writing about mobile phones just in time to cover the transition to digital. She's written about PCs from Hanover, cellular networks from Singapore, wireless standards from Cyprus, cloud computing from Seattle and just about any technology subject you can think of from Las Vegas. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Computerworld, Wired, the Seattle Times and other well-respected publications.

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Apple contributes half the cost of Nortel patents

Apple is contributing more than half the total $4.5 billion price tag for Nortel patents, with partners including Microsoft and Sony combined kicking in the rest.

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HTC loses ITC patent ruling in Apple tussle

A judge has made an initial determination that HTC infringed two of Apple's patents.

Google's Schmidt to testify before Senate subcommittee

Google has agreed to send its chairman, Eric Schmidt, to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee, which is investigating competition issues in Internet search.

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PayPal to enable purchases on mobile bills with Zong buy

Charging goods, particularly of the digital variety, to a mobile-phone bill may get more commonplace in the U.S. now that eBay plans to buy Zong, which aims to make it easy for mobile phone users to pay for inexpensive goods.

Facebook introduces Skype video calling

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new video chat capability it will roll out in conjunction with Skype, in what the social-networking giant said is the first announcement of many new applications to come in the next few months.

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Google disputes damages estimate in Oracle case

Google has asked a California court to throw out the testimony of an expert witness who said Google should pay Oracle as much as $6 billion for allegedly infringing on Java patents and copyright.

Google shuts down Realtime Search, for now

Google has shut down its Realtime Search offering after its agreement to include Twitter results expired.