Webwire: Tunisia seizes Orange Tunisie; Thai freezes sat plans

Dylan Bushell-Embling
31 Mar 2011

Tunisia seizes control of Orange Tunisie

The Tunisian government has taken control of a 51% stake in Orange Tunisie - owned by the son in law of ousted former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali - having already frozen the assets of company executives.

IT News Africa

Thailand suspends satellite plans

Thailand's ICT ministry has suspended a project to build two satellites to fill its due-to-expire slots in orbit - after determining the plan can't go ahead until new regulator NBTC is finally formed - and will instead ask for an extension on its slot reservations.

Bangkok Post

Google picks Kansas City for 1Gbps FTTH rollout

Google has announced the Kansas City will be the first US city to benefit from a 1Gbps FTTH project, and that it plans to start offering services in 2012.


Rare earth shipments from China to Japan shrink

Japan's rare earth imports from China fell to 1,138 tonnes in February, down from 1,783 tonnes in January, as a result of the Chinese government's new export restrictions.


Vodafone, Wind, in bidding for Italy's Metroweb?

Vodafone and Wind are among the six bidding groups for Italian fiber network operator Metroweb, and first-round bids topped out at €450 million ($635.6 million), sources claim.


EU e-tailers object to proposed new trading rules

European online retailers have slammed planned changes to EU trading rules governing product returns, stating that they could cost the sector €10 billion ($14.1 billion) a year and send some e-traders out of business.

Sydney Morning Herald

Dorsey targets Twitter usability

Returning Twitter founder Jack Dorsey aims to make the site more relevant for mainstream users by improving ease of use, and improving the flow of information.

Wall Street Journal

MS co-founder says Gates tried to cheat him

A new book of memoirs from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen accuses fellow founder Bill Gates and current CEO Steve Ballmer of trying to cheat Allen out of his fair share of the company.

WA Today

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