THE WRAP: 3G iPhone launches in Germany and UK

As the 3G iPhone launches in Germany and the UK today, comScore M:Metrics reports that more than 80% of iPhone users in France, Germany and the UK browse the mobile web, compared to 32% of other smartphone users. 

Even on 2.5G networks, the iPhone has increased internet consumption by 13 times for social networking sites: 42% of iPhone users visited a social networking site on their device in May compared to the market average of 3% and 10% of other smartphone owners.  

Nearly 70% of iPhone users send and receive e-mail, compared to 26% among other smartphones users and 7.6% of the mobile phone market overall. Given stories of massive demand for the 3G version, it will be interesting to see how it is put to use.

In the meantime, Nokia claims operators and other interested parties are flocking to join the new Symbian Foundation whose first version of royalty-free software is due out next year followed by open source in 2010.

Whatever their functionality, it turns out that 97% of mobile phones no longer in use languish in drawers: the Western world need to do much better at recycling. Ignorance is no defence.

Dan Kaminsky announced that he had saved the world - having discovered an security flaw in the internet six months ago, he immediately set about fixing it in secret, in cahoots with some of the world's biggest tech companies. Now it's fixed with a software patch and a global phishing phest has been averted - we hope.

The European Parliament decided it would like to have a single telcom authority after all - to be known as BERT - and opted to pursue a policy of functional separation, which managed to enrage both incumbents and alternative service providers. Quite a coup.

The European Commission continued to rain on the mobile industry's parade, outlining plans to change the way mobile termination rates are regulated by 2012, suggesting that wholesale charges should be calculated on a different basis.

The UK's Competition Commission is taking immediate unilateral action: its  enquiry into mobile termination is likely to run and run.

Vimpelcom, Russia's second largest mobile network operator, has finalised its mobile joint venture with Vietnamese state companies. A Reuters report said this will be the Russian carrier's launch pad for its Asian expansion.

It's likely to meet the Chinese coming the other way, so to speak: Huawei's 2007 revenue was up 48% to almost €8 billion, due in large part to expansion outside its home market.

And of course the week wouldn't be complete without more action on the Yahoo/Microsoft/grumpy shareholders front. Microsoft has given shareholder agitator Carl Icahn assurances that if he manages to oust Yahoo's board at the general meeting in early August, it will put another deal on the table.

Yahoo decided that a new approach to search is the way to attack Google.