Webwire: Polkomtel bid war; Adobe circumvents Flash ban

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Seven or so hopefuls have been shortlisted to buy Poland's second largest mobile operator, Polkomtel, with bidding thought to reach as high as $6.3 billion.
 
Adobe has launched a tool to convert Flash files to HTML5, in an attempt to skirt Apple's long-running ban on Flash for iOS.
 
Facebook has secured a deal to provide rental access to Warner Bros movie titles on its site, in a move analysts say shows the social networking giant aims to beat content companies like Hulu and Netflix at their own game.
 
Microsoft said it had so far sold 10 million of its hands-free motion based game controllers Kinect, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics product in history.
 
Bharti Airtel subsidiary Airtel Kenya has commissioned Kenya Data Networks to upgrade its network to 3G in a five-year deal.
 
Credit rating service Standard & Poors has given an A+ rating to Cisco's three new tranches of unsecured notes, stating that the high grade reflects Cisco's leadership in the network equipment industry.
 
Apple has launched version 4.3 of iOS, the OS which powers the iPhone and iPad, adding features including personal hotspot support, sharing of iTunes libraries and AirPlay support for third-party apps.

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