News In Brief: Telecom NZ, Google, MySpace, TeliaSonera, Samsung

Telecom NZ has brought forward  the launch of its national 3G mobile network to May 13 to June 1. The company also revealed its first exclusive 3G handset, the Sony Ericsson W995.

Cash-strapped US consumers view  mobile phones as more vital than air-conditioning, and are more likely to give up the latter than the former, according to a Pew poll.

US sales of Google Android-powered smartphones have topped  1 million, with the T-Mobile G1 now accounting for two-thirds of all 3G devices on the operator's network. 

Former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta has been appointed  the CEO of arch-rival MySpace.

The Finnish government has allocated extra 4G frequency to operators TeliaSonera, Elisa and DNA in a bid to kick-start LTE deployment.

US President Barack Obama will be soon allowed to use a BlackBerry again, with the National Security Agency putting the finishing touches  on a high-security version of the device. 

Optical network hardware sales reached $15.5 billion in 2008, and will grow to $17.2 billion by 2013, research firm Infonetics said.

Samsung Electronics has injected another 99 billion won ($74m) into Samsung Venture Investment Corporation Investment Fund.

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