Webwire: Libya telecom staff human shields; RIM recalls some PlayBooks

Dylan Bushell-Embling
17 May 2011

Libya says telecom staff will be human shields

At a press event organized by the Libyan government, a man claiming to be a telecom employee said thousands of his fellow staff will act as human shields to prevent further NATO attacks on communications infrastructure. A purported statement from one mobile provider said the alleged strikes had caused 1.5 billion dinars ($1.23 billion) in damage to the company's equipment.


RIM recalls 1,000 PlayBook tablets

RIM has been forced to recall around 1,000 PlayBook tablets that had used a faulty OS build that could prevent devices from loading software after an initial set-up.

All Things Digital

Vodafone unveils own-branded Android phone

Vodafone has unveiled a new own-branded Android smartphone. The 858 Smart, based on the Huawei U8160, will be offered on a prepaid basis across the Vodafone footprint for around $129.



Google says it added $64b to US economic activity

Google estimates it drove $64 billion worth of US economic activity with its AdWords service, based on an average of $8 in profit per $1 spent on advertising through the web giant.


NZ committee endorses UFB regulatory holiday

The New Zealand government has made progress passing a bill that would exempt the UFB fiber broadband project from pricing regulation for 10 years, with a parliamentary finance committee signing off on the plan.


Winklevoss twins lose Facebook appeal

A US court has rejected the appeal by the Winklevoss twins to nullify the settlement they had negotiated to receive from Facebook on the grounds that Facebook allegedly hid financial information from them.


Vodacom cautious despite earnings growth

South Africa's Vodacom, majority-owned by Vodafone, has reported a 33.7% increase in ebitda for the year ending in March, but has given a conservative revenue growth forecast for the year ahead in anticipation of rising competition.

Times Live

Unauthorized streaming may become a felony in US

US lawmakers have tabled a new bill that would make providing unauthorized online streaming of copyrighted content a felony punishable by up to five years in jail.

Ars Technica

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