Webwire: Nokia, MS need fast success; EC summons tech firms

O2 Germany chief Rene Schuster says Nokia and Microsoft have 18 months at best to make a go of their handset alliance.
EC Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes has called on carriers Vodafone and BT and tech giants Google and Microsoft to attend a summit meeting on the agenda in March. Around 40 companies will attend in total.
France Telecom chairman Didier Lombard has brought forward the date of his departure from June to end-Feb.
Indian authorities had questioned Reliance Communications officials over the company's alleged involvement in India's 2G spectrum scandal. Owner Anil Ambani said the “baseless and sensational” charges were being spread by its rivals.
Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor hopes to raise $1.15 billion (€852 million) in what may be the biggest US technology sector IPO since Google's in 2004.
Steve Jobs is still making key decisions at Apple, weighing in on product development and strategy from home despite taking indefinite medical leave in January.
Scientists have calculated that the world's data storage capacity in 2007 was 295 exabytes, the equivalent of 13 layers of books spread across the whole of China.