News In Brief: Sony Ericsson, Comcast, Alca-Lu, Cisco, Huawei, MS, Apple
Sony Ericsson has launched its first Android based handset, the Xperia X10 which will be on sale in Europe and the Asia Pacific in the first quarter of 2010, with network carriers still to be confirmed.
Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted to deploy a high speed wired and wireless network for the International School of Beijing's 2,000-member campus.
Comcast is closing in on a deal with General Electric to take control of its NBC Universal unit. Under the proposed deal, Comcast would contribute "several billions of dollars in cash and its own stable of cable networks," and receive a 51% stake of NBC Universal.
Cisco chief strategy officer Ned Hooper said the company's $3 billion offer for videoconferencing provider Tandberg represents a fair price for both parties, despite calls from institutional investors to raise the offer.
Microsoft has launched a touchscreen-optimized version of its Bing mobile browser, as well as some LBS-based search features.
Apple is pitching US broadcast networks a plan to offer an iTunes-based TV subscription service that would cost about US$30 a month. Media reports suggest that Apple is keen to launch the service early next year, but has yet to receive firm commitments from networks.