NEWS IN BRIEF: Time Warner, BT, Lenovo, $20 laptop, RIM

Time Warner Cable will expand its metered broadband trials to four new markets in  the US, charging customers $1 per gigabyte over caps of 5GB, 20GB or 40GB, GigaOm reported.

BT has been awarded new licenses South Africa that will allow it to expand its range of networked IT services.

Lenovo, the world's fourth-largest PC maker, has replaced its American chief executive with its Chinese founders in a drastic step aimed at cutting losses and stopping an erosion of market share, the Financial Times  says.

India is planning to produce a laptop computer for about $20, having come up with the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car at Rs100,000 ($2,050) a vehicle. The report  says the plan is backed by the Indian government and would undercut the Children's Machine or XO, which was designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of the US.

India's so-called Sakshat laptop is intended to boost distance learning, but the project has yet to attract a commercial partner.

An Ontario Securities Commission tomorrow will decide whether to approve a proposed settlement with Research in Motion, maker of BlackBerry smartphones. The company's senior executives are hoping to end a long-running row over the backdating of stock options.

The commission staff and RIM announced agreement on the proposed settlement with company and eight senior executives including James Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, RIM's co-chief executives, earlier this week following an investigation into a stock option accounting controversy dating back to 1996.

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