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

Staff writer
16 Apr 2012

Apple denies e-book conspiracy allegations

Apple has denied allegations from the US Department of Justice that it conspired with major book publishers to raise the cost of e-books.

Associated Press

Chinese firms interested in Thai 3G auction

Chinese companies have expressed an interest in participating in Thailand's upcoming 3G auction, according to the vice chairman of telecom regulator NBTC.

Bangkok Post

Facebook buys second mobile app developer

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.

Agence France-Presse

Google fined for holding up Street View probe

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 outage not down to equipment issue: telcos

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.”

Tech In Asia

EU extends probe into UK m-payment deal

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.


Verdict on fate of Megaupload data deferred

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.

Associated Press

Everything Everywhere cuts 100 retail jobs

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.

The Independent

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