Webwire: France 4G auction raises €1b; Nokia reveals new CTO

All four major French operators emerged holding 2.6GHz spectrum from the country’s 4G auction, netting the country €936 million. A second round of bidding, for highly prized 800MHz spectrum will commence in December.
Nokia has appointed its research chief Henry Tirri as CTO, replacing Richard Green who took a leave of absence in June.
Google isn't the only group testing self-driving cars – researchers from Berlin's Free University have been testing their own vehicle on the roads for the last few months.
China's Alibaba is inline to receive a $1.6 billion (€1.1 billion) investment from a group of buyers including Silver Lake Partners. The deal values the e-commerce giant at $32 billion.
India's department of telecom is considering forcing mobile operators to open their networks to continuous monitoring and surveillance by “vigilance units” through intranet backbones.
Reports that Japan's KDDI may hammer out a deal to sell the iPhone 5, breaking rival Softbank's monopoly on the device, sent Softbank stock falling 12.3% on Thursday.