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PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 12th November 2012

        PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 12th November 2012

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, November 12, 2012

LONDON, November 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Cellcom Israel issues lawsuit update, religious social media potential
analysed and Apple and HTC settle lawsuits

Cellcom Israel, one of Israel's biggest telecoms providers, has issued an
update on a pending class action lawsuit against the company, revealing an
increase in the amount of damages claimed by the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit concerns a network malfunction that took place on the 1st of
December 2010, which left thousands of customers unable to use their mobile
phones over a lengthy period of time. Several of the plaintiffs in the case
have attempted to include a number of previously dismissed complaints against
the network, including a claim for between NIS 350 and NIS 700 per customer,
amounting to a total of NIS 61million.

A claim has also been filed for NIS1.182billion for non-monetary damages
relating to a loss of business or time during the outage. Cellcom intends to
challenge the amendments, which it believes do not comply with a prior
procedural agreement. The case continues.

A new report has found that, despite more than 80% of US Catholics under the
age of 30 having a social media account, only half are aware that the church
has an official presence on a range of social networks.

The report is designed to indicate the opportunities for the Catholic church
to reach out to millions of followers using online platforms, in light of the
Pope's mission to engage with believers on the "digital continent".

Senior members of the clergy have long believed that social media presents an
opportunity to spread the word of God to hundreds of millions of atheists,
with millions of Catholic bloggers and social networkers ready to engage
across multiple platforms. Online activity is not without its perils though,
with certain commentators expressing concern over the lack of a centralised
control system to verify or denounce "official" church sites and accounts.

Technology giants Apple and Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC have
brought an end to a two year patent battle this week, with both companies
agreeing to settle the lawsuits in return for a 10-year cross-licencing
agreement.

The original lawsuit concerned a number of alleged patent infringements by
both sides, with Apple seeking to emulate its previous victory over Samsung in
the US courts.

The decision to settle is in stark contrast to Apple's Samsung litigation,
which shows no sign of abatingafter the two companies pledged to appeal
respective rulings in the US and UK. Speaking after the settlement, Apple CEO
Tim Cook expressed his delight at the outcome, adding that it leaves the
company free to "continue focusing on product innovation".

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