TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RIM Creates Patent Work-Around

Research in Motion, facing a patent lawsuit that may halt U.S. sales of its BlackBerry e-mail pagers, said it finished a software upgrade that would keep the systems running if it loses the case.

The work-around, an alternative technology designed to not infringe on patents held by NTP, is being tested, co-chief executive James L. Balsillie said.

New Motorola Phones Will Run ITunes

Motorola announced two new versions of a handset that runs Apple Computer's iTunes music software. The world's second-biggest mobile-phone maker will sell one version of the Rokr phone in the first quarter of 2006 and another version around mid-year, said Ron G. Garriques, executive vice president.

Texas Town Changes Name to 'Dish'

EchoStar Communications, the second-largest U.S. satellite television provider, said a 125-person town in Texas changed its name to "Dish" in exchange for free TV services. Clark, Tex., legally changed its name at a city council meeting, Mayor Bill Merritt said in an interview. EchoStar in August made the offer of free programming for 10 years to a U.S. municipality willing to rename itself.

EchoStar is using the contest to publicize its Dish Network.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Nokia to Buy Intellisync for $430 Million

Nokia agreed to buy Intellisync for $430 million in an effort to compete with Research in Motion's BlackBerry.

Nokia said it will pay $5.25 in cash for each Intellisync common share. The Finnish company plans to use Intellisync wireless e-mail software to challenge RIM. Nokia aims to increase the business use of mobile phones to spur sales as consumer markets in Europe and the United States near saturation.

Oracle Makes Two Deals

Oracle bought security-software specialists Thor Technologies and OctetString.

The latest acquisitions are small compared with the size of some of Oracle's other recent deals, which have included an $11.1 billion takeover of PeopleSoft 11 months ago and a $5.85 billion agreement to buy Siebel Systems early next year.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.

U.S. sales of Research in Motion's BlackBerry handheld device are in jeopardy pending a patent-infringement suit filed by NTP.