Webwire: AU Galaxy Tab ban lifts today; Google said to plan Amazon rival

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Samsung says it will begin shipping its Galaxy Tab 10.1 into Australia as soon as possible, but won’t have devices in store when an Apple shipments ban is lifted on Friday afternoon.
 
Amazon may be planning to challenge Google's dominance of the Android ecosystem, but sources claim Google aims to put the squeeze on Amazon's hold of next-day online shopping in the US with a new web retail service.
 
AT&T has accused regulator FCC of “cherry-pick[ing] facts to support its views” in opposing the operator's proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile USA.
 
Google Chrome has edged past Firefox to become the second most used web browser worldwide, and Internet Explorer's market share has now fallen to 40.6%, according to StatCounter analytics.
 
The CEO of Telefonica's German unit, René  Shuster, has heavily hinted that the subsidiary is in talks with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany over sharing mobile backhaul infrastructure.
 
Social networks could yield the next generation of UK code breakers, after an intelligence agency issued a visual test via the sites in a bid to reach a different audience.
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The Ghana Chamber of Telecom is calling on the government to set up an independent technical arbitrator to determine the accuracy of claims by regulator NCA of poor quality of telecom services. These claims are the basis of disputed fines leveled against the nation's operators.
 
Canadian telecom stocks are trading ahead of the benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index by the widest margin in 12 years.

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