Webwire: Apple loses bid for US Galaxy ban; EU regulators scrutinize Carrier IQ

Staff writer
Apple has lost a court request for an injunction on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US, but an Australian court has agreed to extend the nation's own injunction for at least a few more days.
European regulators are scrutinizing the use of Carrier IQ software by mobile operators and handset makers including Apple, in the wake of the renewed attention on allegations of keystroke logging and tracking by the network diagnostics software.
RIM faces a near $500 million hit in its fiscal 3Q earnings – covering the three months to end-November - to account for unsold and discounted PlayBook tablets during the period. The firm is also gloomy on holiday period smartphone sales.
Fast-growing Facebook expects to add thousands of new employees in 2012. The company currently has 3,000 staff, mostly in California and Seattle.
Two weeks after launch, analysts are already predicting that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet will be the second highest-selling tablet for the final quarter of 2011.   
Indian telecom equipment vendor Kavveri Telecom has acquired Spanish antenna system producer Rymsa Telecom for €20 million ($26.8 million) to help produce products aimed at doubling the amount of operators that can share an Indian tower to six.
Video site YouTube is being shaken up by parent Google, which has redesigned the site to add more social networking functions.
US carrier Verizon Wireless will spend $3.6 billion to buy spectrum held by cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Verizon Wireless and Comcast have also agreed to cross-sell quad-play (wireless, phone, cable and internet) bundles.