Webwire: Oracle won't talk sex bribery; Google faces fresh UK probe

Oracle is declining to comment on reports one of its senior managers engaged in sexual activity with the director of Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau in return for boosting the firm’s business in the country.
 
Google faces a fresh probe over the data collected by its Street View cars while it mapped the UK. The country’s Information Commissioner’s Office is acting after fresh evidence from US counterparts claimed Google managers were aware of the breach – something denied in a previous settlement.
 
Shares in satellite navigation firm TomTom enjoyed their largest rise since October, on news that Apple is using the firm’s digital maps in its latest iOS operating system. Apple previously used Google maps for its location services.
 
Alcatel-Lucent chairman Philippe Camus is calling for European regulators to ease their stance against mergers in the EU telecom industry, and instead encourage operators to share network investments and research.
 
Leaked presentation slides show that US operator Sprint is planning a NFC payment system for its subscribers that would supplant Google Wallet on its Android devices.
 
Eastman Kodak has filed for approval for a bankruptcy auction of a trove of 1,100 digital capture and imaging patents. Kodak had used part of its patent portfolio to sue Samsung in January, claiming infringement by the vendor's smartphones.
 
Privacy advocates are worried by UK government plans to amend defamation laws to require websites to reveal the identity of web trolls – people who post insulting messages. People must currently seek a court order to identify offenders.

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