Webwire: Scientists beat fiber speed record; IBM passes Microsoft in value

Scientists have set a new world data speed record using a single laser, achieving a data rate of 26 terabits per second over 50km of single-mode fiber.
IBM has overtaken Microsoft by market value for the first time since 1996, with a value of $203.8 billion (€144 billion) compared to Microsoft's $203.7 billion.
Qualcomm has unveiled its first chipset capable of accessing GPS and Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation systems, and revealed ZTE’s MTS 945 as the first mobile phone to run the silicon.
Almost all European web users prefer to use websites in their local language. EC research shows 90% of users always visit a site in their mother tongue, with 44% saying they feel they have missed important information when accessing foreign language sites.