Webwire: US may use force against cyber foes; Vod Egypt takes heat over revolution ad

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
The US is prepared to respond with force against cyber attacks it considers acts of war, and is seriously concerned about the growing threat of cyberwarfare, according to defense secretary Robert Gates. He added that he expects US-Asian co-operation to deepen in the future.
 
Vodafone Egypt has come under fire for a video promo developed by an ad agency it has commissioned which appears to claim partial credit for the January revolution, with critics citing the operator's role in helping implement the communications blackout at the state's behest. Vodafone has denied any responsibility for the spot, which it said was produced without the company's prior knowledge.
 
LG Electronics said it could take longer than some observers expect to stimulate a recovery at its handset business, warning that despite brokers' predictions it will be difficult for the unit to swing back to profit in Q2.
 
Android tablets will soon become more popular than the iPad in the same way Android smartphones overtook the iPhone, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has predicted.
 
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has lauded Australia's NBN project, but expressed disappointment at his belief that the US will never follow suit with a national high speed network.
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Pakistan's mobile subscriber base has grown by 8.7 million in the last eight months, with teledensity increasing 4.4 percentage points to 64.8%, according to figures from regulator PTA.
 
Indian telcos may need to store logs for 5 years
An Indian ministry is pressing for operators to be required to store customer records for at least five years, but telcos are resisting citing fears of increased operational costs. Operators are already calling for compensation to comply with recently-enacted security rules.
Economic Times
 
British foreign intelligence agency MI6 reportedly hacked into an online magazine published by Al Qaeda, replacing instructions on how to make a bomb with code from a web page full of recipes for cupcakes.

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