Webwire: Idea, Spice fined $6.6m; China to censure Baidu

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
India's Department of Telecom has fined mobile operators Idea and Spice a combined 276.5 million rupees ($6.2 million) for allegedly failing to meet their rollout obligations in five circles.
 
China plans to censure 14 websites, including search engine giant Baidu, that have allegedly been providing downloads of “illicit” songs.
 
Indian operator Uninor will appoint a new chairman, to be selected by minority owner Unitech, after Sanjay Chandra ceded to pressure to step aside while he faces court proceedings over his alleged role in the 2008 2G scandal.
 
Apple plans to launch the white iPhone 4 in the US tomorrow, according to multiple reports, with both Verizon and AT&T expected to carry the devices.
 
NTT Data will acquire Italian consulting and system engineering company Value Team for an undisclosed sum, and plans to use the purchase as a “bridgehead” to expand in Europe and Latin America.
 
Online marketing company ValueClick has bought mobile advertising network operator Greystripe for $70 million, in a deal planned to help improve its scale in the booming US mobile market.
 
US movie rental company Netflix has reported an 86% jump in quarterly profit, and said it will begin to see a reduction in DVD mail-outs for the first time in the current quarter as more of its subscribers take to its online streaming service.

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