Webwire: Samsung unveils WP8 phone; Pakistan telcos face 3G exclusion

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Samsung has beat Nokia to the punch by unveiling the first smartphone to run the Windows Phone 8 OS, days before Nokia is due to unveil its Lumia line of WP8 handsets.
 
Pakistani operators accused of tax evasion may face exclusion from bidding in an upcoming 3G auction. Former Federal Board of Revenue chairman Mumtaz Haider Rizvi has been accused of reaching a deal with telcos allowing them to dodge around 47 billion rupees ($496 million) in tax.
 
HTC is ready to fight any patent lawsuits Apple may file, and will not be pushed into negotiating a settlement despite Apple's recent victory against Samsung, according to HTC chair Cher Wang.
 
Sources say Nokia Siemens is closing in on a deal to sell its BSS division, and that potential buyers include Ericsson.
 
UK operator BT reportedly plans to sell most of its 23% stake in Indian IT outsourcing company Tech Mahindra, which it co-founded with Indian partner Mahindra & Mahindra in 1986.
 
Google has hired financial services provider Barclays to help it find buyers for Motorola Mobility's set top box unit, according to sources, and the sale could be worth around $2 billion.
 
More than 200,000 visitors swamped Reddit after US president Barack Obama set up a surprise “IAmA” question-and-answer session on the social content aggregation site.

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