Webwire: ACCC fines Apple $2.2m; PCCW to buy African carrier unit

Webwire: ACCC fines Apple $2.2m; PCCW to buy African carrier unit

Staff writer  |   June 11, 2012
telecomasia.net
Apple has agreed to accept an A$2.25 million ($2.24 million) fine from Australian competition regulator ACCC for potentially misleading consumers by advertising the new iPad as 4G, despite it being incompatible with Australian 4G networks. A court will rule on the fine next week.
 
Hong Kong's PCCW Global will pay $26 million to buy the satellite services unit of Gateway Communications, which is itself a subsidiary of South Africa's Vodacom.
 
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are to be questioned by the US FTC as part of the regulator's antitrust probe against the company, sources say.
 
A US judge has tentatively decided that the patent trial between Apple and Motorola Mobility should be dismissed, because neither side had successfully shown that they have been damaged by the other. The trial had been due to start today.
 
Orbis, the largest shareholder in UK-based Cable & Wireless Worldwide, is yet to decide whether to vote to endorse the £1 billion ($1.55 billion) takeover bid from Vodafone.
 
Gaming giant Electronic Arts will make the majority of its mobile titles free-to-play, or “freemium,” and has acknowledged that it is behind the curve in adopting the new model.
 
KPN may spin off E-plus to stop America Movil
Dutch telco KPN is likely to announce within weeks whether it will proceed with plans to spin off German mobile unit E-plus, in a bid to prevent shareholders from accepting an offer for up to 28% of KPN shares from America Movil.
 
Google has finally integrated its AdMob mobile advertising system with its AdWords ad network, allowing customers to purchase web and mobile ads from a single point-of-sale.
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