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Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 12/05/2011

The Circuit: Samsung up after injunction win, Verizon deal raises eyebrows, new digital divide

LEADING THE DAY: Samsung stock gained 1.5 percent in Seoul on Monday, following news that a U.S. District Court judge denied an injunction that would have prevented the company from selling some of its devices in the U.S., Bloomberg reported.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, which would have kept the Korean company from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 and some Galaxy smartphones in the U.S. The ruling, CNET reported, is a precursor to the full case, which will go to court in July 2012.

In the ruling, the judge expressed skepticism about the validity of some of Apple’s claims about Samsung’s alleged design infringements, saying they seemed functional and not aesthetic. Apple has been involved in a series of worldwide lawsuits with Android-based phone makers over design patents. Shares of HTC fell Monday in advance of an ITC hearing regarding imports to the U.S., Fortune reported, hitting their lowest level in 17 months.

Verizon deal: Verizon Wireless on Friday announced that it has reached a deal with Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House for spectrum in exchange for $3.6 billion and a cooperative marketing arrangement, The Washington Post reported. The deal, which must be approved by the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission, has already drawn the gaze of federal antitrust officials, the Post reported.

Digital divide: In a piece published in the New York Times, law professor Susan Crawford proposes that there is a new digital divide emerging, between high-speed wire Internet and second-class wireless.

“High-speed access is a superhighway for those who can afford it, while racial minorities and poorer and rural Americans must make do with a bike path,” Crawford wrote.

Crawford said that the U.S. needs to make high-speed wired access available to all in order to compete in the global marketplace. That requires a push for getting African Americans and Latinos online, as they make up a large part of the workforce and a smaller part of the wired community, Crawford said.

Markey calls for Carrier IQ investigation: Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called for an investigation into Carrier IQ, the mobile software used by Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T that appears to log certain cellphone actions. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Markey said that he was concerned because customers are unaware of the program’s functions or Carrier IQ’s intentions. Security researcher Trevor Eckhart posted research showing that the program recognizes key presses and text messages; the company has said that it only keeps or sends information needed to monitor network diagnostics and does not record the contents of personal messages.

SAP to buy Success Factors: SAP annouced Saturday that it plans to buy SuccessFactors, saying that that acquisition will accelerate its cloud strategy. The $3.4 billion deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012, SAP said in a statement.

It is the second high-profile acquisition from SAP in recent months; the company acquired the business-to-business networking company Crossgate in September.

Facebook reportedly acquires Gowalla: Facebook has reportedly acquired location-based startup Gowalla, CNN reported Friday, though there has been no official announcement or confirmation from either company. Gowalla, which has been a main competitor for Foursquare, will reportedly work on Facebook’s new Timeline feature. Some of its employees will stay in Austin, the report said.

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