Webwire: Ericsson top LTE vendor; Apple faces pollution claims

Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent dominate the LTE infrastructure market, holding respective shares of 44% and 30% of contracts awarded in 3Q11. The figures dwarf third place vendor Huawei, which picked up 8% of contracts during the quarter.
Apple executives are meeting with environmental activists for the first time to discuss allegations of widespread pollution by Chinese factories producing devices for the vendor.
Google is heaping pressure on Apple with the launch of an Android-based online music store offering a catalog of 13 million songs from labels including EMI, Sony Music and Universal.
UK social media data filtering firm DataSift is expanding into the US, and plans to grow its monitoring service to additional social network sites.
Intel yesterday demonstrated a one teraflop accelerator chip to compete with similar products from rivals Nvidia and ARM.
PLDT, NTT Com, StarHub, NEC and Fujitsu have started construction of the ASE subsea cable, a 7,200km project to link Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore.