Webwire: Apple denies e-book conspiracy; Thai 3G bid attracts China interest

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Apple has denied allegations from the US Department of Justice that it conspired with major book publishers to raise the cost of e-books.
 
Chinese companies have expressed an interest in participating in Thailand's upcoming 3G auction, according to the vice chairman of telecom regulator NBTC.
 
Hot on the heels of its $1 billion acquisition of mobile photo sharing app Instagram, Facebook has spent an undisclosed sum to acquire mobile-based shopping rewards company Tagtile.
 
The US FCC is seeking a $25,000 fine from Google for being uncooperative during an investigation into the Street View Wi-Fi packet data collecting controversy. But the regulator is not penalizing the company for breaking laws regarding unlawful interception of communications.
 
China Telecom and China Unicom have denied that a disruption of internet services - which left Chinese users briefly unable to connect to international sites and vice versa – was caused by infrastructure problems on their ends. Some have speculated that the government was testing an emergency “internet kill switch.”
 
The European Commission has extended the deadline to rule on the deal between Vodafone, Telefonica, O2 and Everything Everywhere to develop a mobile payment system in the UK, citing concerns the companies may be able to block rival services from emerging.
 
A US judge has ordered the company that had been hosting the Megaupload servers to retain the mountain of data while negotiations continue over who should pay to maintain the files.
 
UK mobile joint venture Everything Everywhere will cut around 100 jobs from its retail team as part of plans to consolidate some Orange and T-Mobile stores into Everything Everywhere outlets.

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