News In Brief: Google, Xing, Sony, ePhone, Alca-lu

Google’s Gmail went down for at least half an hour yesterday. Google said the problem had been fixed but the root cause had not yet been determined.
Germany’s answer to LinkIn, Xing, has enjoyed a spike in share trading off the back of rumors that it about to be acquired. LinkedIn has been mooted as the logical suitor. Xing’s market value is around €149 million and has 7.5 million members.
Sony will ship future desktop PCs with Google Chrome – the internet browser’s first bundling deal.

Sweden’s anti-piracy law IPRED law has helped uncover the identity of one file-sharer, accused of owning 27 unauthorized ebooks. A district court first ordered ISP ePhone to hand over users’ details in June, and on Tuesday its appeal against the decision was thrown out. ePhone must pay SEK 750,000 (€72,000) in damages plus the publishers’ costs.
Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Subhash Bana as its new India R&D vice president.