Webwire: Developers doubt WAC; Microsoft grows China R&D

Developers are skeptical about the ability of the Wholesale Applications Community to compete with the established platforms from Google and Apple.
 
Microsoft plans to increase China R&D staff numbers by 10% to boost its position in the smartphone segment in the country.
 
Fresh antitrust action has been launched against Google in Europe by legal search engine Ejustice.fr, which accuses the firm of search-related breaches, and 1PlusV, which claims Google has abused a dominant position in the region.
 
Mike Quigley, chief of Australia's NBN Co, claims fixed-line networks will remain the “workhorse of data download,” despite the rise of 4G technologies.
 
Online music service Spotify has raised about $100 million (€72.9 million) in a new financing round that values the company at $1 billion.
 
US regulator FCC has ordered Verizon to provide a full assessment of the error that caused connection failures for around 10,000 emergency services calls in the state of Maryland during a January snowstorm.
 
Conflicting rumors claim Apple will unveil the successor the iPad on March 2, or delay the launch until June.

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