News In Brief: France Telecom, HP, Google, SIA, Intec, Pacific Crossing, Foxconn

France Telecom is eyeing expansion into Morocco, but has yet to confirm reports from the country that it is considering buying up to 40% of local carrier Meditel, WSJ.com reports.
 
HP has settled with the US Department of Justice over a kickback investigation. The settlement is likely to impact earnings by around 2 cents per share, but is not an admission of guilt, the company said.
 
Google’s new Q&A service was inaccessible yesterday to mainland China users, WSJ reported.
 
Global chip sales grew 7.1% to $74.8 billion (€56.5 billion) in Q2, after “exceptionally robust” demand, the Semiconductor Industry Association says. Sales in 1H10 grew 50% year-on-year to $144.6 billion.
 
BSS provider Intec has won a two year contract with Virgin Mobile Australia to enhance the carrier’s professional services and maintain its billing and customer care platform.
 
Pacific Crossing has upgraded its trans-Pacific PC-1 cable from 1Tbps to 1.3Tbps, the NTT Com-backed company said. A further upgrade is scheduled for later in 2010.
 
Foxconn has begun producing iPhones at a new $100m (€75.6 million) factory in central China – its first plant to be located outside the southern coastal provinces, China Daily reports.
 
Tata Communications has appointed Laurie Bowen as president of sales and strategy for its Global Data and Mobility business. Bowen, a former managing director at BT Global Services, will handle all Tata’s global sales and marketing except for wholesale voice.

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