News In Brief: Satyam saved, German mobile, Russian votes, ZTE netbook, Google's Street View

Tech Mahindra, a medium-sized operator controlled by India's Mahindra & Mahindra industrial conglomerate and partly owned by BT, has bought Satyam, the FT says.

A sale had seemed impossible in January after Satyam's former chairman B."‰Ramalinga Raju, admitted cooking its books for six years, even inventing a fictitious cash reserve of over $1 billion. It looked like the company would be closed down, leaving 48,000 employees jobless.

Mobile call minutes consumed in Germany rose from 136.5 billion in 2007 to 150.2 billion in 2008. On average, Germans spent 30.5 hours talking on their mobiles, 10% more than in 2007, according to figures from German regulator BNA. The number of active SIMS grew to more than 107 million in 2008, meaning an average of 1.3 mobile connections per citizen.

Russia's parliament has approved a new law, enabling citizens to vote by mobile phone in the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2011, reports Ria Novosti citing the head of the elections commission, Vladimir Churov.

ZTE has released a 3G netbook called the V60 in Beijing, according to local media reports. Produced by unnamed OEMs, the computer has an Intel Atom processor and works with China Unicom's 3G network.

Later, ZTE will launch netbooks available to the TD-CDMA and CDMA2000, the other two 3G standards in use in China. The company will mainly rely on mobile operators for the distribution of its 3G netbooks, it said.

The UK's information commissioner has ruled that Google's Street View service does not pose a threat to personal privacy and dismissed Privacy International's argument that Street View should seek people's consent.

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