News In Brief: China Telecom, Palm, Intel, RIM, Etisalat, Yahoo, Telefonica

China Telecom will become the second Chinese operator to sell the BlackBerry. It has not announced a timetable for the debut of the device.

Palm has launched Project Ares, the first mobile development environment hosted solely in a browser. It is intended to greatly lower the barriers for web developers who haven not previously developed mobile apps, Palm said
 
Intel has announced 
new, more energy-efficient Atom processors, and says it is working closely with mobile operators to expand 3G capabilities in netbooks.
 
Etisalat has signed a multi-year capacity contract on the new Intelsat 15 satellite in order to provide broadband services to enterprise customers throughout the Gulf, Intelsat announced
 
 
NEC Casio Mobile Communications, the combination of the handset operations of the two Japanese firms, officially began business yesterday, NEC said
 
The World Trade Organization has upheld a US complaint that China has imposed illegal restrictions on the imports of film, music and books.
 
For the first time in its operational history, Yahoo is closing down its offices worldwide for a week. From Dec 25 to Jan 1st, all its offices will be closed, except for “essential services” including some customer service, as a way to cut its operating costs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
 
 
Telefónica O2 Germany has expanded and upgraded its 2G and 3G mobile networks with Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Siemens Networks carried out part of the core and radio network modernization in a project completed months ahead of schedule.

 

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