Mobile Lowdown 8-17-11: Kodak; Samsung/RIM; Nokia/China Mobile

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

» Kodak: Looks like Kodak investors might really have something to smile about: it is apparently now being eyed up as a breakup target, with a patent portfolio worth possibly $3 billion, against the whole company currently valued at only $576 million. (via Bloomberg)

» Nokia: The Finnish company has named its first mobile operator partner for its Windows Phone 7 launch, and it says everything about the company’s focus. It is China Mobile. (via Digital Trends)

» RIM/Samsung: Another speculation about how the Google/Motorola (NYSE: MMI) could spark a tie-up between these two (via Bloomberg)

» AT&T: The operator’s first LTE devices will be launched with the 4G network’s debut on August 21. (via eWeek)

» NSN: After failing to find a buyer for Nokia (NYSE: NOK) Siemens Networks, its JV shareholders will need to inject €1 billion ($1.4 billion) into the company to restructure it. (via Dow Jones/Morningstar)

» T-Mobile USA/BlackBerry: The operator today begins to sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900 nationwide. T-Mobile is calling the device its first 4G BlackBerry smartphone. (via T-Mobile)

» Three UK: A relaunch of the UK mobile operator’s gaming effort, the browser-based Games Store. (press release)

» The9: The Chinese mobile gaming company has cut down is loss by nearly half to $11.7 million. (via Inside Mobile Apps)