News In Brief: Vodafone Germany, EU, Google, Optimus, BT

Vodafone Germany yesterday launched new Ethernet-based services for business users. The services use Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MLS technology to offer point-to-point and –multipoint connections.

An EU privacy body has urged Google to halve to six months the period it stores Street View images of European locales, citing privacy concerns.
Google has acquired online photo editing service Picnik for an undisclosed sum. The service allows users to crop or touch up digital photos in their browsers without having to download software.
Portuguese operator Optimus has contracted ZTE to build a long-haul optical transmission network to connect capital Lisbon with its second largest city, Porto.
BT will supply a voice trading system for Japanese money broker, the Totan Group.
Deutsche Telekom will launch a new converged service for its business customers in April, using Ericsson’s Business Communication Suite. The suite consists of  IP telephony, mobility, collaboration, and multimedia conferencing for smartphones, PCs, and IP-based landline phones.
Nokia Siemens Networks is upgrading Polish telco Polkomtel’s 3G network, to allow it to offer smartphone-focussed data content. The carrier says the upgrade will also let it handle new technologies including HSPA+, while reducing its energy consumption.