Webwire: Vodafone tax bill could double, StreetView lawsuits continue

India’s government has threatened to penalize Vodafone for not paying a disputed $2.5 billion tax bill. Chief financial officer Andy Halford cautions the move could double the amount owed.
A US judge has denied Google's request to dismiss lawsuits filed over last year's Street View Wi-Fi packet data collection controversy.
Spain's first spectrum auction – for blocks in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands – attracted bids worth €900 million in the first day, 38% below the minimum price.
The Philippines' PLDT has pushed back the planned acquisition of a controlling stake in Digitel by 30 days until July 30, due to delays receiving regulatory approval for the deal.
Vodafone refutes reports it is seeking a $5.5 billion (€3.7 billion) dividend from Verizon Wireless, stating the figure is the mathematical maximum and that no date has been set for payments to resume.
Smartphone sales have overtaken feature phones in the US, according to statistics from Nielsen. Android still leads sales in the nation's smartphone market, but its growth appears to be slowing.

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