News In Brief: European Union, NXP Semiconductors, Ofcom, Vodafone, Sony

The EU is demanding an end to political interference in the running of public broadcasters in several member states. A resolution passed yesterday also calls for adequate financial backing for state TV and radio.
 
Europe’s eCall emergency calling system for cars is ready to launch, following successful trials, organizer NXP Semiconductors says. The firm completed thousands of calls in tests with BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, Deutsche Telekom, Dekra and automobile clubs.
 
AT&T sold 40,000 Windows Phone 7 smartphones on Monday, the first day the units were available to the public, far less than the 270,000 iPhones sold daily, The Street reports.
 
Ofcom is considering charging operators for issuing new phone numbers in areas where supplies are dwindling. The UK regulator says the proposed £0.10 (€0.11) fee would bring the country in line with European neighbors and boost trading of unused numbers.
 
Vodafone has begun upgrading its network in and around London to HSPA+, Mobile News reports. Ericsson is handling the work, which covers 500 sites and is costing the carrier £1 million (€1.1 million) per day.
 
Sony haslaunched an eBook venture with KDDI and two publishers.

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