Webwire: Skype buys GroupMe; Pacific Fibre gets Voda deal

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Skype will acquire group messaging app developer GroupMe, and integrate functionality from the company into its core Skype desktop app.
 
New Zealand cable start-up Pacific Fibre has met its target for pre-finance customers, after signing Vodafone NZ, to a 10-year capacity deal, and expects to have financing in place for the cable between NZ, Australia and the US by the end of the year.
 
Web firm Sina has made an investment of between $30 million and $40 million in online video site Tudou, in a deal which may lead to deeper co-operation between the two Chinese companies.
 
Traffic analysis indicates that internet services are slowly being restored in Libya, and social networking was used to provide on-the-ground updates on the successful siege on Tripoli.
 
Kenyan regulators has given the nation's mobile operators until the end of next month to block fake mobile phones from accessing their networks, despite objections that many consumers may not realize their phone is a fake.
 
Cisco will acquire UK-based service fulfilment software company Axiom Systems for $31 million. The seller is Axiom's parent company, Finland's Comptel.
 
Nokia has strongly hinted that it will unveil its new line of Symbian Belle handsets on August 24.
 
Researchers have developed a material that can be weaved into clothing and, when coupled with a belt-mounted controller, can act as an omnidirectional mobile antenna.

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