Webwire: DoT questions tribunal power; RIM close to board reshuffle

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The telecom ministry questioned the jurisdiction of telecom tribunal TDSAT on entertaining the petitions of five telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, challenging the government's directive to stop 3G roaming agreements.
Research In Motion is close to a decision on stripping its co-chief executives of their other shared role as chairman of the board, a newspaper said on Tuesday, a change that could meet a key demand from angry and disillusioned investors. The National Post newspaper, citing "sources familiar with events," said Barbara Stymiest, currently an independent member of RIM's board, is leading the race to replace Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie in the chairmanship.
Hewlett-Packard is set to axe more than 180 jobs in Australia as its ambitious $1 billion ($963m) global transformation program hits the skids. The move will impact contract workers attached to the program, which has up to 1000 contract staff globally.
Research In Motion vowed Tuesday to defend the legal privacy rights of BlackBerry users after a judicial commission in Pakistan ordered copies of smartphone communications in a scandal probe. The Canadian firm reacted to news that a Pakistani commission was seeking records for a probe into an unsigned memo purported to ask for Washington's help to rein in Pakistan's military.
Six US lawmakers urged the State Department to investigate whether Huawei Technologies violated U.S. law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran.
Spain’s government is implementing new laws requiring internet service providers to block access to file sharing websites. The country is responding to US pressure to clamp down on the activity.
AT&T has agreed to pay TiVo Inc a minimum of $215 million and additional monthly licensing fees to settle a patent infringement dispute. The settlement is the second big win in recent months for video-recording technology pioneer TiVo, which expects fees from AT&T to "significantly exceed" the guaranteed minimum payment.