Webwire: Facebook in EU spotlight; Developers flock to Android

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Facebook will be probed by European Union data protection authorities, after internationally rolling out a facial recognition tool to suggest names to tag on photos without the depicted peoples' permissions. 
 
Around 67% of developers are writing apps for Android, compared to 59% for iOS, according to a new report from Bluevia and Vision Mobile.
 
US senators have urged authorities to crack down on the use of digital peer-to-peer currency Bitcoins, following reports they are being used to untraceably purchase illegal drugs on at least one website.
 
Samsung has declined to comment on rumors the company may bid to acquire Nokia, and analysts are skeptical of the possibility or value of such a deal.
 
Canada's Rogers Communications will first launch LTE in Ottawa in the northern hemisphere's summer, and aims to go live in three more markets by the end of the year.
 
The UAE's du has secured a three-year, $220 million loan to help repay some of its existing debt due at the end of the year.
 
Google has implemented public transport information to Google Maps, initially in six cities in the US and Italy. The service will include automatically updated arrival times and alerts.

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