Ofcom offers text service to help stop nuisance calls; France seeking up to €1.6B in tax from Google

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> Ofcom, the UK telecoms and media regulator, introduced a text service enabling mobile users to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls. Ofcom announcement

> Apple fought a bid to ban its Facetime video service by patent licensing company VirnetX. BBC News report

> Google won't be offered a tax deal in France, finance minister Michel Sapin said, as reports state the country is seeking up to €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion) from the company. Telegraph report

> Verizon finally reached a tentative deal with unions that may put an end to a long-running strike by employees. Reuters article

> Filipino operators PLDT and Globe Telecom agreed to buy San Miguel's telecoms units in a 50-50 deal valued at PHP69.1 billion (€1.3 billion/$1.48 billion). Reuters article

And finally…Mobile phone-mad Scots may be getting their priorities wrong. The Herald article