Webwire: Amazon debuts four tablets; Sony hacked in China

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Amazon has unveiled four new models of its Kindle Fire tablet-eReader hybrid, including ones with a larger 8.6-inch screen and a premium model with 4G connectivity.
 
Hackers have breached a Sony customer database including the names and email addresses of up to 400 of its Chinese and Taiwanese customers, the company has disclosed. Hacking group NullCrew claims to have perpetrated the hack.
 
South Korean antitrust regulator the Fair Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint filed by Apple accusing arch rival Samsung of abusing its 3G market dominance by refusing to license its 3G patents on fair terms.
 
French conglomerate Bouygues is reportedly in talks to sell its roughly 2,300 telecom towers to Antin Infrastructure Partners for around €200 million ($252.9 million).
 
Apple may have a hard time convincing a US judge overseeing a patent dispute between the company and HTC to invalidate HTC's US 4G patents. The patents could lead to a ban on imports on any 4G iPhones or iPads if HTC is successful in claiming infringement against them.
 
An Australian state treasurer plans to recommend changes to the nation's tax law to allow the collection of sales tax on online purchases below the current $1,000 threshold. Under the proposal, this threshold would be lowered to around $30.
 
TV manufacturers Toshiba, LG Electronics and Philips have banded together to form the Smart TV Alliance, to develop a common system to provide internet and other OTT content on TV sets, and respond to the potential threat posed by products such as Google TV and Apple TV.

 

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