Webwire: US states oppose AT&T merger; Apple gets product security force

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Pressure continues to mount against AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, with seven US states backing an antitrust lawsuit to block the deal.
 
Apple is establishing a new product security division, to help keep its prototype devices under wraps and keep blueprints from falling into the hands of black-market counterfeiters.
 
Legal sources claim Chinese regulators are calling for restrictions on the corporate structure used by companies such as Baidu and Sina to list overseas, but still operate in a restricted domestic market.
 
The Philippines' PLDT and takeover target Digitel have both complained that they have had to put expansion projects on hold while they wait for a for long-delayed government decision on whether to approve the planned merger.
 
The European Commission is still investigating whether Google abuses its dominance in internet search in breach of antitrust laws, according to competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia.
Reuters  
 
Sony is gearing up to banish PlayStation Network users if they refuse to sign a waiver protecting the firm from legal action in the event of future security breaches. The network was shut down by a hack attack in April.
BBC 
 
Takashi Sensui, the head of Microsoft’s Japanese gaming division, says a lack of product recognition is to blame for poor sales of the firm’s Kinect motion sensor, but predicts an upturn once Windows 8 launches.
 
Private equity firm Silver Lake may bid for Yahoo, and then sell off the internet company's Asian assets and attempt to turn around its main operations, sources say.

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