Webwire: Apple briefly most valuable again; O2 privacy gaffe

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Apple's bumper fourth quarter results triggered a stock spike that briefly pushed the company past Exxon Mobil to again become the world's most valuable company.
 
UK operator O2 has apologized for a technical glitch which caused the phone numbers of its mobile users to be displayed to website operators when their phones were used to visit a page.
 
Shares in LG Electronics hit a one-month high yesterday, thanks to speculation that the company's plans to turnaround its lossmaking handset unit may have succeeded.
 
Over half of Indian workers, and 34% of Indonesians, frequently telecommute to work, according to a global survey. Worldwide, about one in five telecommute and nearly 10% work from home every day.
 
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen believes the APAC region is well ahead of Europe and the US when it comes to building infrastructure needed to support the digital economy.
 
Engineers from Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have developed a browser plug-in, Don't Be Evil, which is designed to reorder Google search results as they would once have appeared before Google tweaked its formula to prioritize content from users' Google Plus social circles.
 
An attempt by fast food chain McDonald's to to encourage Twitter users to share stories about the chain backfired after users started posting of bad experiences, such as of insects and other objects found in the food.
 
SAP is optimistic it will maintain sales growth in 2012 after a strong 4Q11 that saw the firm generate a profit of €1.2 billion ($1.57 billion) compared to the €434 million made in 4Q10. Revenue grew from €4.06 billion in 4Q10 to €4.5 billion in the recent quarter.

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