Webwire: Mubarak fined over net shutdown; Vodafone cuts Irish jobs

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Egyptian courts have fined former president Hosni Mubarak and two of his top ministers 540 million Egyptian pounds ($90.6 million) for damaging the economy by ordering the internet shutdown during the January revolution.
 
Nearly 200 call center staff in the Republic of Ireland will be affected by a decision to shift the work to centers in India and Egypt. Vodafone hopes the move will help cut operating costs, amid a backdrop of falling revenues.
 
Google and Facebook have won friends in high places. A leaked memo from last week’s G8 summit in Paris reveals US president Barack Obama, UK prime minister David Cameron and French leader Nicolas Sarkozy all back their plans for an open web.
 
RIM has been served with a class-action lawsuit which alleges the BlackBerry maker mislead investors about its sales prospects and financial condition. RIM will defend the suit, which it called “without merit.”
 
India's MTNL will invest around 11.45 billion rupees ($243.5 million) in FY12 on network upgrades and the development of new services.
 
HTC has revealed it will no longer lock down the bootloaders on any of the company's phones, allowing for the use of customized OS builds. Sony Ericsson announced support for bootloader unlocking of Android phones in April.
 
Skype has come under fire from its customers for seemingly automatically installing a piece of “crapware” software on some users' PCs without their prior consent.
 
A UK driver faces a large fine after being detected using two mobile phones while cruising on a 70mph dual carriageway. The bust is part of a two-week crackdown which caught 239 motorists.

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