Webwire: RIM may split in two; HTC pulls out of Brazil

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
A report claims RIM is weighing the benefits and disadvantages of splitting into two businesses, breaking off its handset division from its messaging operations.
 
HTC has revealed plans to pull out of Brazil, shutting down operations and laying off staff, due to poor sales of the two smartphones it has launched in the market.
 
Latin American telecom group America Movil has more than doubled its stake in Dutch operator KPN to 21%, through a series of share purchases.
 
Microsoft may be planning to develop a Windows smartphone under its own brand as well as a tablet, a Nomura analyst claims, citing industry sources.
 
Afghanistan's communications ministry has allocated the nation's second 3G license, to MTN's Afghan unit.  
 
Samsung is investigating a reported incident in which an Irish Galaxy S III user's handset exploded while plugged into a car's dashboard, but has so far found no faults with the phone.
 
Manufacturing giant Hon Hai Group expects to complete the purchase of a 9.9% stake in Sharp in July, booking a roughly $214 million mark to market loss on the transaction.
 
Controversial anti-piracy treaty ACTA is on its last legs in the EU, after a European Parliament Committee refused to ratify it, and recommended it be thrown out.

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