AMNews: Google & Federal Government Lawsuit, Web Based Windows Phone App Store, Samsung Inks Deal with Microsoft

Google has filed a motion to withdraw the lawsuit it filed against the Federal government last year. The company filed the lawsuit in 2010 against the Department of the Interior, accusing it of drafting documents for the contractual agreement for cloud email and collaboration services in such a manner that rival Microsoft Corp. could easily be awarded with the government contract.

Google has asked the courts to keep all data related to Android confidential in the AT&T and T-Mobile merger anti-trust trial. The company filed a motion in a federal court in Washington asking the court to keep Google’s business plans for Android under wraps during the high profile trail.

Microsoft has announced that it will start producing its Xbox 360 gaming console in Brazil. The company, which is partnering with Flextronics International for the manufacturing project, states the first consoles produced by the unit in Brazil will appear sometime in October.

Microsoft has developed the web based version of its Windows Phone Marketplace application store. The web based store’s launch coincides with the release of the much awaited Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update which brings more than 500 features to Microsoft’s fledgling mobile operating system.

Windows maker Microsoft Corp. announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Samsung, under which both the companies will cross license their patent portfolios.