Webwire: Work begins on ASE cable; Google launches music store

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PLDT, NTT Com and StarHub and vendors NEC and Fujitsu have started construction of the planned 7,200km ASE subsea cable, which will link Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Google has ramped up its competition with Apple with the unveiling of an Android-based online music store, which has launched with a catalog of 13 million songs from labels including EMI, Sony Music and Universal.
Steve Jobs originally considered developing the iPhone as a Wi-Fi only device, and buying up a smaller carrier and using the infrastructure to offer its own data plans, according to industry veteran John Stanton.
Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent between them captured 74% of the LTE infrastructure market in Q3, with Huawei a distant third with 8% market share, according to Dell'Oro.
Nokia's GM for France has revealed in an interview that the company will launch a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012.
Apple executives have for the first time met with environmental activists to discuss allegations of rampant pollution at Chinese factories believed to be producing products for the company.
Asia Mobile Holdings, a joint venture between Qatar Telecom and ST Telemedia, has acquired an extra 7.45% stake in Singapore's StarHub to give it a holding of 56.55%. Qtel's effective interest is now 14.1%.
New advances in lithium-ion battery technology promise to both improve battery life and cut the recharge time of a battery to mere minutes.


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