News In Brief: Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft, Google, Cisco Canada, TIM Participacoes, China Telecom
Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is mulling a probe into Deutsche Telekom’s sales agreements with Debitel and Freenet, amid concerns they were leveraged to boost new subscriber additions between 2006 and 2008, Bloomberg reveals.
Microsoft has agreed the first deployment of its HealthVault technology in China, offering users online access to medical information. Domestic IT services firm iSoftStone Information Technology will launch the service in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.
Lars Rasmussen, one of the developers behind Google Maps and the aborted Wave project, has defected to Facebook. Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder, and AdMob founder Omar Hamoui have also announced their departures from Google.
Cisco Canada has happy workers according to an annual employers ranking by Aon Hewitt. Employees rated Cisco top of 121 firms quizzed.
TIM Participacoes, Telecom Italia’s Brazilian mobile subsidiary, suffered a 70.2 million Brazilian reals (€29.5 million) fall in 3Q profit to 124.7 million reals, despite revenues growing from 3.44 billion reals to 3.65 billion year-on-year, WSJ.com reports.
China Telecom and Taiwanese vendor HTC have unveiled the first product of a partnership to jointly develop mobile phones – a dual-chip cdma2000-GSM device.