Webwire: India has 500 illegal networks; Apple offers iPad refunds in AU

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
An Indian parliamentary panel has taken the Department of Telecom to task, claiming that there are now around 500 illegal telecom networks operating in various parts of the country, and that the department has taken a cavalier attitude to the situation.
 
Apple is offering refunds to Australian customers who feel mislead by the inclusion of the term ‘4G’ in advertising for its latest iPad, after the country’s competition commission took legal action against the firm.
BBC 
 
Google has offered to pay Oracle $2.8 million in damages and a share of Android revenue if Oracle wins its patent suit against Android. But Oracle has slammed the royalty percentage offered - 0.5% of Android revenue on one patent until December, and 0.015% on another until 2018 – as too low.
 
In a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, China's vice premier Li Keqiang has pledged to strengthen intellectual property protections in China.
 
Huawei hopes to ship 60 million smartphones this year, up from 20 million in 2011 and 5 million in 2010.
 
The US is edging closer to passing new laws enabling start-ups to raise funding via the web.
BBC 
 
US transport safety chiefs claim tech firms have a hand in jeopardizing driver safety, by slowing efforts to remove distractions.
 
Samsung has uploaded a viral video of an elephant playing with a Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid.
CBC  

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Tony Poulos

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Instead of deploying new fancy analytic tools, telcos should leverage apps developed by their existing vendors to analyze and make full use of data

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