Webwire: Carrier IQ probed in Europe; PlayBook hits RIM pockets

European regulators are scrutinizing the use of Carrier IQ diagnostic software by mobile operators and handset makers, following allegations it logs keystrokes and tracks messages.
RIM faces a near $500 million (€371 million) hit in its fiscal 3Q earnings – covering the three months to end-November -, to account for unsold and discounted PlayBook tablets during the period. The firm is also gloomy on holiday period smartphone sales.
Two weeks after launch, analysts are already predicting that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet will be the second highest-selling tablet for the final quarter of 2011.
Video site YouTube is being shaken up by parent Google, which has redesigned the site to add more social networking functions.
Fast-growing Facebook expects to add thousands of new employees in 2012. The company currently has 3,000 staff, mostly in California and Seattle.
US carrier Verizon Wireless is extending network capacity with spectrum bought from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks for $3.6 billion (€2.6 billion).