Webwire: Web domain overhaul begins; Google still keen on China

Companies can now apply for unique URL suffixes, after global web address administrator ICANN kicked off a major overhaul of the current set-up. Applicants must pay £120,000 (€143,652) and show they are capable of managing the new domain names.
Google’s head man in Asia says the firm is hiring more engineering, sales and product management staff in China, as it attempts to re-enter the market.
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), claims to have political backing to re-sell unused broadcasting spectrum for mobile data services. However, details of regulator FCC’s involvement in the sale have yet to be ironed out.
NTT DoCoMo topped Japan's net subscriber addition charts in December for the first time in 21 months, with Softbank falling to second place, and KDDI dropping to third.
LG Electronics is seeking a mobile device partnership as part of efforts to turn around the loss making division, a company executive claims.
Manufacturer Foxconn has resolved a pay dispute with workers at a Chinese factory, with most protesting workers agreeing to return to work. Staff had threatened suicide over the disagreement.