NEWS IN BRIEF: MTNL, Google, mBlox, Turkcell

MTNL has experienced a slight dip in profits in the past quarter, with net income falling 1.3% to 918.6 million rupees ($18.1 million). The company's revenue increased slightly - around 1% - to reach $245 million. But the news isn't all bad - over the quarter the company added around 260,000 subscribers.

Google is rolling out a new feature to its Gmail service - the ability to send SMS messages from the email client to mobile phones. The email client will also assign a persistent virtual phone number to the Gmail user, allowing message recipients to send SMSs back to the phone at any time.

In more Google news, Bloomberg is reporting that Google is considering abandoning the proposed joint advertising venture between Google and Yahoo. Citing insider sources, the report states that Google has no desires to comply with conditions that would be needed to avoid a potential antitrust court battle.

mBlox has been slapped with an $11,000 fine from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The mobile advertising company had sent out a large number of commercial electronic messages on behalf of a mobile content provider, but did not provide notification of how to unsubscribe. This is a violation of Australian law.

Turkcell may become the latest international player to enter the lucrative Indian market, with reports the Turkish operator is in talks to acquire a 51% stake of Datacom Solutions. According to India's Economic Times, the deal is worth around $2.2 billion.


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