Webwire: Ericsson weighs Nortel patent bid; US wants global cyber standards

Dylan Bushell-Embling
18 May 2011

Ericsson weighs joint bid for Nortel patents

Ericsson is considering teaming up with a company such as Google, Intel or Microsoft for a joint bid for Nortel's patent portfolio, according to sources, but hasn't yet decided whether to bid in a team or alone - or to participate at all.


US wants global cybersecurity standards

The Obama administration has called for international cybersecurity standards, coupled with penalties for failure to comply. One goal is to coerce China and Russia into acting on IP theft and privacy protections as well as loosening internet censorship and restrictions, officials privately said.

New York Times

NBN CEO missed Alcatel misconduct due to tech crash

Mike Quigley, now CEO of Australia's NBN Co, said he had been too distracted the bursting of the tech bubble at the turn of the century to discover the alleged corrupt conduct at Alcatel, which was happening in what he has now admitted was his jurisdiction as former Alcatel Americas president.

Canberra Times

Symantec planning more acquisitions in 2011

Security and storage company Symantec will go shopping for more acquisitions with a chunk of its $3 billion in cash, and may disclose this year's estimated M&A budget as early as next week.


AT&T may get unfair spectrum horde from merger: rival

US operator AT&T could gain a significant spectrum advantage should it be allowed to proceed with its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA, according to MetroPCS CFO Braxton Carter.

Wall Street Journal

Researchers claim Android phones leak user data

German security researchers clam to have discovered a security loophole that could allow cybercrooks to steal calendar, contacts and other data from nearly any Android phone.

BBC News

Indie film offered for free through BitTorrent

The makers of an Australian independent film have signed a deal to offer a free viewing for internet users installing BitTorrent's client software, as well as other promotions arranged in partnership with the tech firm that have been designed to boost DVD sales.

Sydney Morning Herald

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