Webwire: NSN to also limit Iran ops; US body calls for mobile driving ban

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Nokia Siemens has joined Huawei in deciding to stop seeking new business in Iran, and to reduce its existing commitments in the nation.
The US National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that lawmakers ban the use of mobile phones and other internet-connected devices while driving – even while using hands-free headsets or speakers.
Philippine regulator NTC has responded to the fact that operators have now missed two deadlines for implementing a mandated cut to SMS rates with, effectively, another deadline. The regulator has given telcos 15 days to respond to a show-cause order asking why the cuts haven't been made.
Facebook plans to dip its first toe into mobile advertising by the end of March, a source claims, likely by inserting its “sponsored stories” ads into the mobile news feed.
Web companies including Google are lobbying to have US politicians vote against an anti-piracy bill that would allow the Department of Justice to order US groups including ISPs and search engines to cease doing business with foreign sites suspected of piracy.
Apple is reportedly negotiating to buy Israeli flash-based storage technology developer Anobit for up to $500 million. Apple already uses Anobit chips in devices including iPhones and iPads.
Australian operator Telstra has launched the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, marking the Australian debut for the flagship Android 4.0 phone.
Street View shows aftermath of Japan disaster
Google has used images captured by its Street View fleet to prepare a before-and-after virtual walkthrough of the areas of Japan hit by the earthquake and tsunami in March.