Mobile Morning Coffee (12/02/11)
The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
Today: AT&T slams the FCC, RIM takes a $485 million hit on the BlackBerry PlayBook, and Apple says it ‘mostly’ stopped supporting Carrier IQ in iOS 5.
Apple says it dumped Carrier IQ software in iOS 5 (via GigaOM)
Apple says the software is opt-in only for its customers and it hasn’t used it for tracking keystrokes or messages. The company says it stopped supporting this software “in most” of its products with the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system.
Carrier IQ categorically denies recording, storing or transmitting several forms of personal info (via The Verge)
Carrier IQ issued a press release that doesn’t quite admit that its tracking software logs personal data, but does claim that the software “does not record, store or transmit the contents of SMS messages, email, photographs, audio or video.”
AT&T admits to using Carrier IQ, Samsung passes the buck, Microsoft and HP deny Windows Phone or webOS involvement (via The Verge)
Samsung also confirmed that Carrier IQ is present in “some Samsung mobile phones,” but like HTC, claims that the inclusion of the software is not its fault.
Carrier IQ deflects Senator Franken’s inquiry onto OEMs and cellular carriers (via The Verge)
The senator has shifted his inquiry to those companies who admit using the controversial tracking software: Sprint, HTC, Samsung, and AT&T.
AT&T issues scathing response to FCC report (via BGR)
“The document is so obviously one-sided that any fair-minded person reading it is left with the clear impression that it is an advocacy piece, and not a considered analysis,” Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, said.
RIM takes $485 million charge on PlayBooks, lowers guidance (via GigaOM)
That’s now how RIM hopes to accelerate sales: By writing off the value of the PlayBooks and sticking with these big promotions like its limited-time $199 price.
Ouch: Nokia loses half its home advantage in one year (via GigaOM)
New figures from IDC show that Nokia has lost more than half of its smartphone market share in Finland over the last 12 months.
Vitrue 1st To Let Brands Offer Mobile Access To Their Facebook Page Tab Apps (via TechCrunch)
Considering roughly 40% of Facebook’s users are accessing the site via these mobile interfaces, brands are missing out on serving their content to hundreds of millions of people.
Barnes & Noble Reports Q2 Net Loss Of $6.6M, Says NOOK Is Now A $220 Million Business (via TechCrunch)
B&N said that the consolidated NOOK business across all of the company’s segments, including sales of digital content, device hardware and related accessories, increased 85 percent in the second quarter.