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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:

• CommScope shares rally as week ends

HICKORY, N.C. — CommScope Inc.’s (NYSE: CTV) shares fell more than 10 percent last week after the company reported disappointing quarterly revenue and a weaker-than-expected forecast.
The company, which makes communications cables, reported earnings that were in line with Wall Street’s forecasts. But the revenue numbers apparently weighed on the stock.

Shares fell from $27.58 on Monday to as low as $23.99 on Tuesday but rallied to close at $25.49 on Friday.

The company said last Monday it earned $37.1 million, or 37 cents per share, in the last three months of 2009. That compares with a loss of $342.4 million, or $4.86 per share, in the same period a year ago, which was caused by heavy charges for write-downs to the value of CommScope’s businesses.

Excluding items, the company earned 53 cents per share in the latest period. That matched the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue fell 13 percent to $748.5 million, short of analysts’ expectation for $764 million.

For all of 2009, the company earned $77.8 million, or 86 cents per share, on revenue of $3.0 billion.

The company said it expects revenue of $700 million to $730 million in the first quarter of 2010. That was short of the $752 million that analysts were expecting.

Jearld Leonhardt, the company’s chief financial officer, said the company should return to "more normal business practices" this year after cutting spending and jobs last year.

"We expect business to improve as we move through the year and expect sales in the second half of 2010 to be stronger than sales in the first half of the year," Leonhardt said. "We continue to believe that we are well positioned to benefit from the ongoing build out of wireless and wireline networks."

• Verizon still No. 1 in wireless customers; AT&T 2nd. Sprint 3rd. T-Mobile 4th

NEW YORK – Here are the latest subscriber totals for the four largest mobile service providers.

Fourth-quarter changes are indicated in parentheses:

• Verizon Wireless: 91.2 million (added 2.2 million)

• AT&T Inc.: 85.1 million (added 2.7 million)

• Sprint Nextel Corp: 48.1 million (lost 148,000)

• T-Mobile USA: 33.8 million (added 371,000)

The figures are as of Dec. 31, 2009.

• Microsoft, Amazon cross-license patent portfolios

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. has made a patent cross-licensing deal with Web retailer Inc.

The agreement gives Microsoft and Amazon access to each other’s patent portfolio and includes a broad range of products and technology, including Amazon’s Kindle electronic book reader.

Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, did not give specific terms but indicated Amazon will pay it an undisclosed amount of money as part of the agreement.