Smart Phone Sales Up 50 Percent

Smart Phone Sales Up 50 Percent
Sales of smart phones rose 50 percent to 61.6 million units during the second quarter of 2010 and accounted for 19 percent of all mobile phone shipments, according to technology research firm Gartner. Nokia's Symbian remains the largest smart phone operating system in the world with sales totaling 25.4 million units, while sales of Research in Motion's BlackBerry reached 11.2 million units. Google's Android became the third-largest operating system and the top platform in North America with sales of 10.6 million units, and Apple's iPhone ranked fourth with sales of 8.7 million units. (8/12)

Viacom To Appeal YouTube Copyright Ruling
Viacom Inc.
is appealing U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton's dismissal of its $1 billion lawsuit accusing Google Inc. of allowing copyrighted videos on YouTube without permission. The judge ruled Google was not liable under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, a law making it a crime to produce technology to circumvent antipiracy measures and limiting liability of online service providers for user copyright infringement. Viacom claims the videos were posted based on its copyrighted works and that Google was aware but did nothing to stop the illegal video uploads. (8/12)

S-Curve Records Leaves EMI, Signs With UMG
S-Curve Records has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with Universal Music Group, parting from its current distribution deal with EMI Music. The deal also includes an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Canada. S-Curve's catalog features recordings by artists including GRAMMY nominees Fountains Of Wayne, GRAMMY winner Joss Stone and We The Kings. (8/12)

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