Webwire: UN plans cloud mobile numbers; Verizon staff strike

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08 Aug 2011
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UN scheme to give cloud mobile numbers to poor

The UN Development Programme has teamed up with Movirtu for an innovative scheme to improve communications in developing countries – providing users with a “cloud-based” mobile numbers that can be logged into via any mobile phone.

Agence France-Presse

Half Verizon's wireline staff on strike

Nearly half of Verizon Communications' wireline staff have gone on strike after stalled employment contract negotiations with management. Around 45,000 workers have downed tools, and picketers say the strike could potentially last months.

Baltimore Sun

Star-Ledger

Virgin Media plots free London Wi-Fi network

The UK's Virgin Media plans to deploy a free - if slow - Wi-Fi network across London. The news will be pause for thought for rival BT, which currently offers paid public Wi-Fi services in the city.

The Independent

China paper dismisses govt hacking claims

A Chinese official newspaper has derided claims the government was behind a spate of hacking attacks on foreign governments and companies, in the closest so far to an official response to claims made by McAfee last week.

Reuters

DoT pressed to resolve BlackBerry snoop issue

India's DoT is under pressure to resolve the issue of enabling security agencies to intercept BlackBerry encrypted communications, after RIM missed several of the DoT's deadlines to comply.

Press Trust of India

AlcaLu patents may be worth more than company

Alcatel-Lucent's patent horde could be worth more than the company itself, and speculation is mounting that the company could sell off this portfolio and/or other assets in a break-up.

Bloomberg

Spam king Wallace detained over Facebook probe

“Spam king” Sanford Wallace has turned himself in to the US FBI, after being accused of mounting a Facebook campaign to steal account details and use those accounts to post spam on their friends' walls. Wallace denies the charges.

BBC News

HTC to buy web apps firm Dashwire

HTC has moved to acquire US mobile web apps company Dashwire for up to $18.5 million, in a play that could help the company defend against future patent lawsuits from competitors.

Wall Street Journal

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