Webwire: Sprint abandons Carrier IQ; Huawei, ZTE eye $200m India revenue

US wireless operator Sprint has stated it will discontinue use of the controversial Carrier IQ network diagnostics software, and has reportedly instructed handset makers to remove the software from all Sprint-branded devices.
 
Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE are both targeting more than $200 million in annual revenue from the Indian telecom sector.
 
Saudi billionaire prince Walid bin Tatal and holding company KHC have bought into Twitter through a $300 million investment.
 
In the age of the internet and social media, North Korea's inner echelon were still able to keep the death of former leader Kim Jong-il a secret for more than 48 hours, until an official announcement was made.
 
Telekom Srbija has arranged to buy back 20% of its own shares from Greece's OTE for €380 million ($494.7 million). OTE will retain a 20% stake in the operator following the transaction.
 
India's Department of Telecom is leaning toward auctioning off a single pan-Indian wireless broadband license from the spectrum likely to be returned by BSNL through an agreement with the ministry, according to sources.
 
A California judge has rejected an attempt from Facebook to have a lawsuit regarding its Trusted Stories sponsored advertising service thrown out of court. The plaintiffs claim the use of their identities to recommend ads to their friends violates a state law prohibiting the non-consensual use of somebody's likeness in advertising.

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