News in brief: Telstra CEO, Vodafone GM, Motorola, Orange France, Business Superbrands

Sources say BT's Gavin Patterson has been approached for Telstra head's job, according to The Australian Financial Review.

Sol Trujillo's replacement could be announced in May, the web site said, and suggested an external appointment could help improve relations with the government.

Sir Ernest Harrison, the London docker's son who created the global brand, Vodafone, has died aged 82. He was a key figure in British industry in the second half of the 20th century. The word Vodafone was coined from the two planned transmission services, voice and data.

The Financial Times says his big chance came in 1982 when the British government awarded two mobile phone licences. One went to a consortium led by British Telecom but Harrison gambled heavily and secured the other, with help from Millicom of the US and Comvik of Sweden.

Mobile push synchronisation platform and service provider Visto has agreed to buy Good Technology from Motorola. Via this acquisition, Visto plans to deliver secure, mobile messaging services for corporate customers through mobile operators and OEM handset manufacturers. The transaction is scheduled for completion by end-February. No financial details of the transaction were released.

The Paris Commercial Court has ordered Orange France to open its up Orange Sport TV channel to competitors within one month of 23 February, reports Les Echos.

According to the ruling, Orange must propose a wholesale offer to all TV distributors such as ISPs and Canal Satellite, or be fined €50,000 per day. The case was brought by ISPs Free and SFR. The court found Orange guilty of unfair competition because the channel is only available to its ADSL internet subscribers, allowing it to attract its competitors' customers.

Google is the most-admired business brand for the second year running, according to a survey of 1,500 professionals. The annual Business Superbrands survey ranked Rolls-Royce second and Sony third in a table of 500 companies. BBC Worldwide and British Airways dropped out of the top ten, which included Microsoft and Nokia, The Times reports.

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