Webwire: Vodafone top telco brand; France fines Google

Vodafone has been named top global telecom brand and the largest brand in the UK, in the latest annual list from BrandFinance. Google displaced Microsoft as the most valuable business brand.
France's privacy regulator has fined Google €100,000 for collecting private Wi-Fi packet data with its fleet of Street View camera cars last year.
AT&T’s plan to leverage its purchase of T-Mobile USA to boost its 4G coverage is bad news for domestic rival Sprint Nextel, which has so far been competing on high-speed access rather than high-end smartphones.
Zain’s Saudi Arabia business is still in line to be acquired by Bahrain-based Batelco and Kingdom Holding, despite the collapse of an Etisalat bid for Zain’s other assets late last week.
Hong Kong's PCCW is considering listing parts of its telecom operations through a business trust, following a similar model to a recent spinoff of Hutchison Whampoa’s ports business.
Facebook is targeting the feature phone market by acquiring Israeli developer Snaptu, which produces applications that brings high-end services into mid-tier phones.