Webwire: Hutch eyes Orange Austria; TI predicts tough 4Q

Hutchison Whampoa is considering a bid of €1 billion for France Telecom’s Austrian mobile business. The Hong Kong-based telco would combine the outfit with its 3 Austria unit.
 
Analysts are divided on whether Texas Instruments is bottoming out, after the firm’s 4Q sales forecast came in lower than many industry watcher’s predictions.
 
The rumor mill surrounding a potential buyout of Yahoo is gearing up, with the latest buzz stating Google is considering pursuing a joint bid with private equity firms.
 
Protestors are demanding the resignation of a UK tax chief, claiming he dismissed a £6 billion (€6.8 billion) tax bill owed by operator Vodafone.
 
NESTA, a leading UK tech fund, is ending financial backing for hardware to focus solely on software and digital media, boss Matthew Mead says.
 
Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks will be forced to shut down by the end of the year due to a blockade on donations via PayPal, Visa and major financial services companies.

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