Mobile Lowdown 7-12-11: Apple; Windows Phone; Photovine; Android Malware

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

Apple Patents: Just as Apple is fighting patent battles on multiple fronts, some upheaval in its ranks. Richard “Chip” Lutton Junior, who manages the iPhone patent portfolio, has apparently left Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). BJ Watrous, who had once worked for HP (NYSE: HPQ), has joined the company. (via Reuters)

Windows Phone 7: A stark admission on the state of Windows Phones sales and market share from Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer. Windows Phone in the past year has gone from “very small to very small.” (via ComputerWorld)

Google: Not too long ago, it emerged that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) had trademarked the name Photovine. Now we can see what is being planted there. A website‘s now running that appears to describe a photo sharing service that looks like it works with the iPhone.

Malware: Four news apps have been discovered that are linked to the “Droid Dream Light” malware attack. (via Android Guys)

Nokia: The handset maker is planning on an £80 million ($127 million) rebranding campaign. (via Marketing)

Katango: The first app out of the KPCB sFund has launched. Katango is a social sharing app that promises “personal crowd control”. (via Katango)

Skyrockit: Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital has put a $2.6 million investment in mobile entertainment studio skyrockit. Others participating include Asuka DBJ Partners and individual investor Mark Kingdon. (via skyrockit)