Webwire: China blocks LinkedIn; Glonass-K launched

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Business-centric social networking site LinkedIn is back up in China, after being taken down for a day after a user set up a forum calling for a “Jasmine Revolution” - referring to the recent revolts in the middle East – in China.
 
Russia has launched Glonass-K, the first of the new-generation satellites for the GLONASS global navigation system.
 
Australian government investment fund Future Fund has accelerated the sell-off of its shares in Telstra, divesting another $350 million worth of stock this month.
 
Korean Regulator KCC has rejected a petition by Korea Mobile Internet to procure a fourth mobile license and wireless broadband spectrum, alleging a shortage of business strategies and funding capabilities.
 
India may double user data retention minimum
Indian intelligence agencies are pressuring the department of telecom to double to one year the minimum amount of time operators are required to maintain user records.
 
Silvio Scaglia, founder of Italy's Fastweb, has been freed after a year in jail and house arrest, while the trial continues over his alleged involvement in a €2 billion ($2.7b) money laundering scheme.
 
SK Telecom has entered China's system-on-a-chip market, allocating 19 billion won ($16.8 million) to set up a JV with fabless semiconductor MtekVision.
 
Google has changed the formula for generating search results to better prioritize useful websites, and weed out those which copy content or have been set up solely to appeal to search engines.

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