Webwire: Minitel’s days are numbered; Hungary trials NFC

Minitel, France's text-only information service, will be shut down in mid-2012 after 30 years in operation, despite remaining a profitable business for operator France Telecom.
 
Hungary's three main mobile operators, Magyar Telekom, Telenor and Vodafone, have teamed up to develop NFC services. Trials with Master Card, OTP Bank and loyalty card service SuperShop will be conducted this year.
 
Chinese search engine Baidu surpassed analyst’s estimates with a 95% surge in second-quarter profit to 1.63 billion yuan (€174 million), on the back of strong advertising revenue gains.
 
Profit at Japanese carrier KDDI remained flat year-on-year in the June quarter, as cost reductions offset a decline in mobile ARPU.
 
The head of the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team cyber security agency has quit suddenly. The resignation comes hot on the heels of recent high-profile attacks on government systems.
 
Facebook looks close to releasing a long-awaited iPad app after full-featured code for it was discovered within the coding for an iPhone version.

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