News In Brief: MySpace, Google, Netflix, Twitter, Microsoft, China Telecom

MySpace is working with Hulu for a major revamp of its video offering, CNET reports. Hulu, which is jointly owned by MySpace parent News Corp in a JV with NBC Universal and Disney, will contribute its film and TV streaming smarts to the social network, which will be redesigned over the next few months.

The US Navy has awarded €40 million in bundled contracts to AT&T, Sprint Nextel and Verizon Communications for a national mobile service. Each carrier will receive a €13 million contract. The network is due to be completed by September 2010.
 
Google Southeast Asia MD Lori Sobel is moving to New York as global head of search from October 1. Sobel will be replaced by Julian Persaud, who is currently the head of business development at Google Australia. Persaud will be moving from Google's Sydney office to the Singapore office by the end of 2009.
 
Online movie rental company Netflix has awarded a €676,000 ($1 million) prize to a group of scientists for developing improvements to its movie recommendation system. The three-year contest drew more than 40,000 teams from 186 countries. The winning group consisted of members from Austria, Canada and the US, including two researchers from AT&T Labs.
 
Twitter does not expect to introduce advertisements to the site this year, even though the terms of service were changed this month to allow for them.
 
Microsoft's share of the search market grew from 8.9% in July to 9.3% in August, on the back of the success of its new search engine Bing.
 
China Telecom has partnered with EMC subsidiary Dechoto deliver cloud-based IT services in China. The partnership's first offering is backup and storage service eYun
 
T-Mobile Austria has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its 3G radio access network with its Flexi base station. T-Mobile said the upgrade would halve its network energy consumption
 

 

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