THE WRAP: US, China grapple over censorship

26 Jun 2009

This week the US and China fought a battle over censorship, while Iranians took to their keyboards in their struggle to overturn the presidential election result.

Top US officials told China the Green Dam filtering system was likely in breach of WTO regulations and should be dumped.

China vowed to push ahead with the controversial system and turned up the heat on Google, blocking its global search site, accusing it of making pornography easily available.

Iranian protestors fought back through Facebook, Twitter and the camphone
after the government violently suppressed their protests against the presidential election outcome.

Nokia Siemens denied it had supplied deep packet inspection gear for internet surveillance
to Iran, although it said it had sold voice monitoring equipment to state-owned telco DCI.

Ericsson appointed CFO Hans Vestbergto the top job after its CEO for the past six years, Carl-Henric Svanberg, was tapped as chairman of BP.

Steve Jobs had a liver transplant in Memphis, according to a story leaked to the Wall Street Journal, setting off yet more speculationabout the future of Apple and its co-founder. Apple shipped 1 million unitsof the new iPhone 3G S in its first weekend.

Singapore\'s ST Telemedia won over a key shareholder in its bid to acquire Irish telco Eircom.

The Indian government excluded Huawei from bidding for the assets of failing state-owned vendor ITI.

Intel and Nokia teamed upto make mobile broadband chips and devices.

The Pentagon set up its first cyber command, to be called Cybercom, to protect US military networks against attacks.

Telecom NZ opened New Zealand\'s biggest mobile music store. Vodafone UK is set to launch Europe\'s first femtocell service. China\'s handset output fell 12.7% in Q1.

Silicon Valley startup Ooma, which sells VoIP hardware bundled with free voice services, raised another $18 millionin new funds.

Rupert Murdoch-owned MySpace announced its second staff cut within a week. LinkedIn tapped Jeff Weiner, interim president and former Yahoo exec, as CEO. Microsoft could drop the price of Windows 7as low as $100.

Juniper Research forecast that MMS would grow
as much 94% a year for the next five years.

Texas Instruments predicted a cellphone based on multicore processingby 2011, enabling faster processing without sacrificing battery life.

And Nokia researchers said ambient radio waveswould be enough to charge the handset of the future.

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