Webwire: Bharti buys Rwandatel towers; Google plots stock split

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
India's Bharti Airtel has paid $15.5 million to acquire in-liquidation operator Rwandatel's GSM tower assets, to support Bharti's plans to deploy a mobile network in Rwanda.
 
Google has proposed what is effectively a two-for-one stock split, to allow it to more freely issue shares to employees without risking diluting the control held by its management.
 
ICANN has extended the deadline to register for generic top level domains by a week, in response to a software glitch which took down the submission system.
 
Facebook has pledged to provide users with more information about the data the social network is tracking and storing, in a new attempt to assuage privacy concerns.
 
A US court could decide today whether to allow users of file dropbox service Megaupload – which was shut down by the US FBI in January in an anti-piracy operation - to recover the data stored on the company's servers.
 
India's Reliance Communications has clinched a deal allowing it to bundle every Google-endorsed Android smartphone sold in India with a mobile connection – although users will have the option to switch with other networks.
 
The US Pentagon is establishing a process to allow it to rapidly procure new cyber warfare tools if urgently needed.

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