Webwire: Rihanna most pirated artist; HTC shipments set to fall

Music by Rihanna is among the most pirated in New Zealand, according to the country’s first three strikes anti-piracy notices.
HTC predicts its smartphone sales will fall by up to 1.2 million units sequentially in the fourth quarter, reversing a growth trend that has seen the vendor become a global top five player.
Shares in Yahoo fell 5.6% yesterday on reports the company will shun a sale to a consortium of buyers in favor of selling its Asian assets.
BT is cutting a year off its timeline for deploying high-speed broadband, with plans to pass two thirds of UK homes with a network capable of 70Mbps to 100Mbps by end 2014.
India's Central Bureau of Investigation opposes bailing five telecom executives accused of conspiring in a 2G spectrum allocation scandal in 2008, despite allowing other suspects to apply for bail.
Members of hacker collective Anonymous are threatening to expose allies of a Mexican drug cartel if the gang does not release a kidnapped internet activist.