THE WRAP: Green Dam is breached, EU agrees on charger

Robert Clark
03 Jul 2009

This week China backed down on Green Dam while the internet wilted as the world reacted to Michael Jackson's death.

China's MIIT vowed to push on with its Green Damweb filtering scheme, though it did not say when. Under fire from PC vendors, the US government and mainland net users, it backed downat the last minute, saying more time was needed.

Chinese authorities also banned "virtual currencies" from being traded for cash.

Google thought its servers were under attackby the volume of traffic in the wake of Michael Jackson's death.

Internet users tapped in 9.98 million search queries for the singer while Yahoo Music attracted 45% of requests for his music - almost double the number that went to YouTube.

The EU struck a deal with handset-makers on a single battery charger, while roaming charges across the continent fellby as much as 60% as new rules took effect.

NTT Communications bought a German IT security firmfor $105 million and considered a stake in India's Tata Communications.

Vodafone weighed a takeoverof rival T-Mobile UK. China Mobile will swap out its Guangzhou TD-SCDMA network- supplied by Datang Mobile - with equipment from ZTE.

Reliance plans to outsource the management of its fixed-line network.

Global Gaming Factory bought The Pirate Bayfor $7.8 million, vowing to turn the file-trading site into a legitimate business.

Once-fancied internet TV firm Joost ejected its CEO and abandoned the consumer segment. It will white-label its platform for others instead.

The Microsoft app store, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, is expected to offer 600 applications when it launches later this year. Palm could ship as many as 1 million Pre devicesin its first quarter.

Opera will customize its mobile browser for a North American operator.

Mozilla launched a new, faster version of Firefox.

The US Justice Department began an antitrust probe into the out-of-court deal between Google and the book industry.

US carriers said the Obama Administration\'s $4 billion broadband stimulus package may breach industry rules. Two senators called for a ban on sales of network equipment to Iranthat allows wiretapping - unaware that such monitoring is part of the global standard.

Optus will add afourth satelliteto its D-series fleet in August.

A 13-year-old schoolboy tried out a 20-year-old Sony Walkman.

And a Lego enthusiast retrieved his stolen iPhone within hours by tracking it through the web.

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