News In Brief: Skype Three, NEC, Huawei, Talkmobile, America Movil, AT&T

Skype will acquire Californian mobile video software and services company Qik for an undisclosed sum.
 
New iPad users clocked up nearly 12 hours of use on Christmas day, with usage peaking late afternoon, according to Three. Maps, Skype, eBay and Google apps were among the most popular apps downloaded.
 
NEC has provided three petabytes of storage space for scientists at the French Brain and Spine institute, which will be used to store data from neuro and cellular imaging research.
 
Huawei has extended its smartphone range with the IDEOS X5, an Android 2.2 touchscreen device aimed at business users.
 
Talkmobile, a MVNO joint venture from Vodafone and the Carphone Warehouse, has contracted Cerillion Technologies to provide CRM and billing services for the next five years.
 
America Movil has called off a promotion in Colombia to raffle off free puppies to purchasers of LG mobile phones, after drawing complaints from PETA.
 
AT&T has won a three-year contract to provide its telepresence solution to US retail chain Best Buy's Chinese subsidiary, Five Star.

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