Webwire: Explosion at Foxconn plant; Carriers rethink tablet plans

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Three employees have been killed following an explosion at a Foxconn subsidiary's manufacturing plant, reported to be used for assembling iPad 2s.
 
Mobile operators are starting to revamp their tablet approaches in a bid to coerce more customers into signing up for data plans, and to stave off an expected decline in the percentage of tablets that support cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi.
 
Indian state-owned operator BSNL is unwilling to roll out mobile networks in areas prone to guerilla attacks from Maoist groups - which often target telecom infrastructure to avoid surveillance - unless the project is entirely subsidized by a USO fund. 
 
Reports from China claim China Telecom has worked out a technical solution that will allow it to launch a version of the Verizon CDMA iPhone by June. The solution involves storing subscriber data on the phone to get around the lack of a SIM card slot.
 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for legal reform that would allow children under 13 to join the site, stating that social networks have a key role to play in the future of education.
 
While Apple has deals with three major music labels for licensing a new cloud music service and is in talks with the fourth, sources say it still lacks agreements - that will need to be negotiated separately - with the major music publishers.
 
Publisher Paramount Digital Entertainment has announced plans to launch 10 movies exclusively on the Windows Phone 7 platform
 
Wikipedia will launch an international petition requesting the site be named a Global Cultural Treasure by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). But heritage experts expect the site to face an uphill battle convincing the body it meets the criteria.

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