News In Brief: BT, Apple, Ericsson, BenQ, Microsoft, Samsung

BT has pledged to deploy fiber to six rural communities in the UK instead of the five originally promised in a three-month long contest to find non-urban areas with the greatest demand. The competition garnered 360,000 votes in total.
 
Apple’s iPhone 4 continues to be blighted by a turn-of-year glitch that has turned off the alarm feature since Jan 1.
 
Ericsson has completed the sale of its US government division to private equity firm Tailwind Capital. Ericsson Federal was signed over on December 31, and has been renamed Oceus Networks.
 
Chinese consumer electronics maker BenQ will launch its assault on the tablet PC market at end-January with a ten-inch unit running Android 2.0. The manufacturer will follow up with a seven-inch device later this year, Digitimes.com reports.
 
Microsoft has restored Hotmail services after a glitch left some users unable to access their accounts or grappling with misplaced emails over the weekend, Reuters reports.
 
Samsung claims to have sold ten million Galaxy S smartphones since the device's debut in June, Bloomberg reports.

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