News In Brief: Apple, ICANN, Orange UK, Verizon, UAE

A US court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold Apple responsible for possible hearing loss while using iPods.
 
ICANN's introduction of non-Roman scripts to registrable domain names may increase cybercrime, as phishers take advantage of similarities between scripts to fool unsuspecting web users, an IP lawyer has warned
 
Orange UK is investing in the voice quality of its network, launching "HD Voice" in the year ahead. The new service, which will require customers to buy new handsets, is currently being trialed for a national launch later in 2010.
 
AT&T has joined Accenture in dumping Tiger Woods from its sponsorship roster and marketing campaigns. The worth of the “multi-year” deal which was signed in 2009 was not disclosed.
 
The UAE has reported a mobile penetration rate of 200% with subscribers reaching over 10 million in 2009. The region represents one of the world's fastest growing mobile subscription markets with a 47% year-over-year increase in 2008.
 
Verizon has earned certification from the US Green Building Council for its main operations center in New Jersey, months after earning an Energy Star rating for the same building.
 
Hong Kong's City Telecom has applied for a domestic free television program license, and is planning to offer free IPTV-based services to complement its existing subscription offerings.

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