FASTTAKES: Optus, Google, Warner, Nokia

18 Aug 2006

Optus launches a UMTS-enabled BlackBerry for customers in Australia. Optus earlier signed a deal with BlackBerry creator Research In Motion for the launch of the BlackBerry 8707g, the firm said.

Google sets up a wireless Internet "umbrella" over its hometown in northern California's

Silicon Valley which will enable anyone in the city to connect online for free. Google said it spent $1 million for the project, which covers almost 31 square kilometers.

US recording label Warner Music is in talks with popular Internet site YouTube to post its artists' song videos online. Officials however did not disclose other details of the plan.

Nokia plans to open a flagship store in Helsinki after opening similar stores in Moscow, Chicago and Hong Kong since 2005. Nokia said it plans to open 18 flagship stores in the world's biggest cities over the next few years.

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