Webwire: Apple may launch iPhone 5 Sept 21; SLT Q2 profit falls 39%

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Sources claim that Apple plans to start taking iPhone 5 pre-orders on the same day as the device's expected announcement on September 12, commence US sales on September 21, and begin rolling out to international markets in the first week of October.
Malaysia's prime minister has promised to review a controversial legal amendment slammed as a threat to free expression online, after website operators staged an “internet blackout” in protest.
Sri Lanka Telecom recorded a 39% slump in June quarter profit to 696 million rupees ($5.28 million), as exchange rate losses neutralized gains in revenue and operating profit.
Taiwan's HTC is moving to expand its Chinese engineering team and sales channels, as it banks on the market to make up for market share pressures in the US and Europe.
Chinese authorities have stated that they found no evidence that Chinese assembler HEG Electronics, a Samsung supplier, employs child labor. Authorities say an investigation found that the workers named by China Labor Watch in its allegation were all over the legal working age of 16.
Vietnam's Viettel has set up shop in East Timor, committing $15 million to roll out telecom services in the Pacific nation.
A US court has cleared Google to appeal the granting of class-action status to the thousands of authors suing the company over its Google Books digital library plans.
Saudi Arabia's Communications and IT Commission has filed a notice to ICANN formally opposing the creation of a .gay global top-level domain (gTLD), stating that such a move would “promote homosexuality,” which would be “offensive” to societies with moral or religious objections.