Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Apple wins import block on some HTC devices

The U.S. International Trade Commission will block the importation of some HTC products starting next April 19, after it found that the company infringed Apple patents.

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Safety agency: Ban all electronics for drivers

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommended on Tuesday that states outlaw the use of all electronic devices, while driving, including cellphones with hands-free kits.

PhoneFactor delivers iOS app for authentication

PhoneFactor, an authentication system that uses mobile phones as a second factor for improved security, is now available as an app for Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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RIM to offer multiplatform device management

Research In Motion is taking on mobile device management for Android and Apple iOS devices as well as its own products, introducing the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion product on Tuesday.

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Mobile video might make carriers, providers clash

As mobile video finally starts to take off, content providers and carriers may clash over economics before they find a way to share the costs and benefits.

AT&T extends date for T-Mobile deal to close

AT&T has pushed back the expected date of its proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile USA, saying now that the deal will close in the first half of 2012.

New Android seen easing OS fragmentation

Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, is likely to ease the fragmentation of the operating system, some device executives believe.

iPhone exceeds Sprint's expectations

The Apple iPhone is attracting more new subscribers than expected to Sprint Nextel, and it will probably ease rather than worsen congestion on the carrier's 3G network, Sprint executives said.

Sprint changes to unlimited data plans won't affect iPhone

Sprint Nextel is ending unlimited data plans for all devices except smartphones, bringing the era of all-you-can-eat mobile data in the U.S. nearer to a close.

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U.S. judge to rule on Samsung tablet sales

Attorneys for Apple and Samsung Electronics gave arguments before a U.S. federal judge on Thursday in a patent infringement suit over Samsung's Galaxy tablets.

Polycom brings video meetings to iPads, Android tablets

On Tuesday at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications trade show in San Diego, Polycom introduced its RealPresence Mobile software, which extends its RealPresence videoconferencing system to the three high-profile tablets, including the iPad.

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Mobile operator CEOs play up harmony

The CEOs of the three largest U.S. mobile operators largely ignored their fierce competition on Tuesday during a spate of keynotes at the CTIA wireless enterprise trade show.

Facebook to enrich mobile with HTML5

Facebook has an internal tool for developing mobile applications primarily using HTML5, which eventually should allow it to bring every feature of its Web platform onto mobile devices.

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IDC: Storage shipments keep surging

Enterprises and service providers spent more money on storage in the second quarter, emboldened by growing IT budgets, according to a report from research company IDC.

Openwave says Apple, RIM violate patents

Mobile software vendor Openwave Systems filed a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, saying products like the iPhone and iPad violate its patents.