Webwire: TV execs eye YouTube fund; Braille smartphone app developed

Google's commitment of $100 million (€75.6 million) to fund original content programming for YouTube has attracted some major US television producers willing to take a gamble on an online-only show.
 
Researchers have developed a new smartphone app designed to enable the blind to compose text messages on touchscreens using the Braille alphabet.
 
Russian search engine Yandex is clear to display Twitter feeds in its results following a partnership between the pair.
 
Samsung Electronics will spin off its LCD division into a separate company, as it shifts focus to OLED screens and seeks to stem losses in its display business.
 
Australia's Optus is acquiring Wimax operator Vividwireless for A$230 million (€185 million), and plans to integrate the business with its 1800-MHz LTE network.
 
Iranian internet users have been left unable to access any SSL encrypted websites and services outside of the country - including the VPNs many use to circumvent state censorship - in the lead-up to elections in March
 
Samsung is making progress in the infrastructure market, winning two 4G rollout contracts in the US.

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