Webwire: ACCC takes Apple to court; Google faces UK privacy heat

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Australian competition regulator ACCC has filed a court bid to prevent Apple from advertising the new iPad Wi-Fi+4G as such, even though it will not work with Australian 4G networks. The ACCC alleges that this misleads consumers and violates Australian competition law.
 
UK lawmakers are threatening to legislate against Google if the search giant doesn’t voluntarily enable the removal of content that breaches privacy laws.
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Apple boss Tim Cook is attempting to build bridges in China, visiting the country to address an iPad trademark dispute and claims of poor working conditions at factories producing its handsets and tablets.
 
Contract manufacturer Foxconn will invest 133 billion yen ($1.59 billion) in Japan's Sharp, in a bid to secure a supply of panels for current and future Apple products.
 
Frank Esser has stepped down as CEO of French mobile operator SFR, in what is believed to be a response to the introduction to the market of low-cost rival Free Mobile. Vivendi chief Jean-Bernard Lévy will temporarily replace Esser while a new permanent CEO is sought.
 
The US Commerce Department has recommended that federal agencies including the Department of Defense share wireless airwaves with mobile operators, in a bid to stave off increasing spectrum scarcity.
 
India's Department of Telecom is considering seeking legal opinions as to whether the 3G roaming deals reached between operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular constitute a breach of their 3G license conditions.
 
Mobile ad network Millennial Media has set its upcoming IPO price range at $11 to $13 per share, above the initial target of $9 to $11 per share.

 

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