FASTTAKES: Google, China Mobile, Facebook, Nortel, BT, HKBN

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telecomasia.net

Google vice president of engineering for Android, Andy Rubin, denied that the search and software firm planned to make its own phone. Google is “not making hardware” and won’t “compete with customers,” he said.

China Mobile’s Mobile Market app store will now offer paid downloads nationwide. The store launched in August offering just free software and games.
 
A US federal court has awarded $711m in damages to Facebook in a spam case against internet marketer Sanford Wallace, Reuters said
 
Nortel has pushed back the deadline for closure of the sale of its CDMA and LTE assets to Ericsson to November 30. The parties agreed to the extension “to allow more time for the satisfaction of closing conditions, including regulatory approvals,” Nortel said
 
Hundreds of BT customers in Sussex were left without their landline phone service for two days after thieves stole 1 km of copper cabling
 
Hong Kong’s no. 2 broadband provider HKBN is offering a 100Mbps symmetric broadband connection to customers at just HK$100 ($13) a month, which it says is just 6 cents per megabit.

 

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