FASTTAKES: Globe, HKBN, Twitter, HP, Ofta, Google

Staff Writer
28 Sep 2009

Severe flooding from tropical storm Ondoy has disrupted Philippines telecom services. Local operator Globe said it could take 36 hours to restore.

HKBN has signed contracts to deliver broadband services to a number of Chinese Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) developers.

Twitter appears to be close to raising $100 million in capital funding, in a deal valuing the social networking site at around $1 billion.

New Zealand's transport ministry has drafted legislation that would ban the use of mobile phones as satellite navigation aids. The Australian state of Victoria will introduce similar legislation on November 9.

Regulator Ofta has accredited four companies to provide equipment testing and certification in Hong Kong.

Google will add advertisements to its Google Maps service in a trial due to start in the next few weeks.

Netscape founder Marc Andreessen has been appointed to HP's board. Andreessen, who is also chairman of social network platform provider Ning, will be HP's eleventh director.

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