FASTTAKES: Gartner, Google, AOL, NZ, SingTel, Certicom

Telecom Asia Staff
06 Feb 2009

Google has introduced a new feature to Google Maps - the ability to track the location of users friends via their mobile phone. The opt-in service will allow users to update their location status on-the-fly.

New Zealand communications and IT minister, Steven Joyce, has scrapped his predecessor's NZ$340 million ($175 million) Broadband Investment Fund (BIF), but has revealed plans to invest NZ$1.5 billion towards the rollout of ultra fast broadband.

SingTel has revealed the first Android-powered phone released in Asia, the HTC Dream, which will soon launch in Singapore and Australia.

North American enterprises will operate more mobile phones than desktop phones by 2011, according to Gartner. This shift has been driven by the use of smartphones, wireless email and IP telephony services.

AOL recorded an operating loss of $1.9 billion in Q4, CIO reports. The result was largely due to a $2.2 billion asset write-down, but revenue fell 23% to $968 million.

Certicom has given the thumbs-up to RIM's renewed bid for the security vendor. Rim doubled its bid price to C$3 ($2.43) per share, 43% higher than VeriSign's offer. VeriSign has until February 11 to increase its price.

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