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

Dylan Bushell-Embling
30 May 2011

Egypt fines Mubarak, ministers over net shutdown

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.

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Vodafone cuts Irish jobs

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.

Irish Times

World leaders back Google, Facebook

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.

Financial Times

RIM hit with class-action over outlook

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.”

Associated Press

MTNL to spend $243m on network, services in FY12

India's MTNL will invest around 11.45 billion rupees ($243.5 million) in FY12 on network upgrades and the development of new services.

Economic Times

HTC to stop locking down smartphones

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.

OS News

Skype gets heat from users over “crapware”

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.

Techie Insider

UK man caught using two phones while driving

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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