Webwire: Iran blocks Google; TOT accelerates public listing

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Iranian authorities have restricted access to Google search and Gmail “until further notice,” prompting outrage from some of the nation's web users.
 
Thai state-owned operator TOT plans to accelerate the public listing of its three operating units - Telecom Tower Sharing, Optical-fibre Sharing and Application Co – on the nation's stock exchange. The units will now be listed in 2013.
 
A research firm has predicted that 70% of iPhone 5s bought in Hong Kong this year will be smuggled into China, despite measures put in place to combat scalping which require buyers to register with a Hong Kong ID before purchasing.
 
Indonesia's PT Telkomsel has lodged an appeal against the court verdict declaring the company bankrupt on a technicality. The verdict centered on a payment to Prima Jaya which had been withheld due to a contract dispute.
 
Motorola Mobility and Samsung have dodged one legal bullet from Apple after taking a series of hits. A German court has found that the defendants don't violate an Apple patent covering a mobile OS' response to touch events.
 
China is on the verge of reaching 200 million 3G subscribers, three years after the allocation of the country's first 3G license, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shows.
 
Foxconn has shut down a factory which manufactures consumer and automobile electronics, after a brawl broke out involving 2,000 workers. Foxconn said the incident began as a personal dispute and then escalated, and the dispute doesn't appear to have been work related.
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has opened an inquiry into revelations that authorities unlawfully wiretapped Megaupload co-founder Kim Dotcom, in the lead-up to his arrest on behalf of the US FBI for allegedly facilitating large-scale piracy.

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