Further reading: Cheaper iPhones and ex-AMD manager in talks on guilty plea

Tech news from around the web:

  • Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has hinted strongly that there could be cheaper iPhone, according to Business Insider. Speaking to Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, Mr Cook said Apple was doing ‘clever things’ to attack the prepaid market, because he wanted Apple to be ‘for everyone’ not ‘just for the rich’.
  • Julian Assange’s lawyers have registered his name as a trademark, says The Register. The filing to the Intellectual Property Office in the UK covers ‘public speaking services; news reporter services; journalism; publication of texts other than publicity texts; education services; entertainment services’.
  • The SEC in the US has taken the rare step of denying a request from Wave2Wave Communications to withdraw its IPO, Dealbook reports. Wave2Wave had originally filed for a listing last year. The company has amended the deal several times, most recently in January, only to then withdraw its plans. The securities regulator has denied the latest withdrawal request, saying it could hurt investors.
  • DealBook also looks at the collapse of merger talks between Salon.com, the news and opinion website, and Newser.com, a news aggregation service founded by a journalist Michael Wolff. The talks foundered over a price for the website.

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