Webwire: Vodafone boss tips fiber recovery; HTC replaces marketing chief

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has warned that European former fixed-line monopoly operators see fiber build-outs as a means of reinstating their market dominance. Colao plans to share his complaint with EU regulators, and has threatened legal action to ensure this does not happen.
Taiwan's HTC has hired FarEasTone head of marketing Benjamin Ho as its new chief marketing officer, to help revamp its brand and reverse its long-running decline in smartphone market share.
Google is engaged in a war of the words with German lawmakers over a proposed law to allow local publishers to charge search engines for displaying newspaper content. Google claims the law would be detrimental to the nation's internet users, while the lawmakers have accused Google of mounting a “propaganda” campaign.
A group of investors including Telefonica Digital, SingTel Innov8 and Mozilla Foundation have jointly committed $25 million (€19.2 million) for a series C financing round for HTML-5 based mobile app platform developer Everything.me.
Unconfirmed rumors suggest Foxconn has been contracted to assemble handsets for Microsoft and Amazon. Both vendors are themselves rumored to be considering developing their own smartphones.
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer told a shareholder meeting that Windows Phone sales have quadrupled since a year ago, but did not provide specific sales figures.