THE WRAP: Apple's Google excuse, Nokia's new goal
This week Apple explained why it rejected the Google Voice app as Nokia set off to become a services firm.
Apple told the FCC the Google Voice app would have altered the iPhone functionality and replaced key features with its own. It denied that it had rejected the app – it had just not approved it.
Nokia said it aimed to boost its services group sixfold as it set up a new solutions division and started a mobile banking service.
The Finnish firm issued its first netbook, using a Windows OS, and is about to unveil its first Linux-based smartphone.
Skype, the world’s largest international voice carrier, bucked the trend of falling charges by doubling its connection fee.
China Telecom ordered 4m 3G phones. China Mobile signed a deal with HTC to supply half a dozen TD-SCDMA smartphones. China Unicom is set to sign an iPhone deal.
Charles Henshaw will step down after nine years as head of China Mobile Hong Kong. Chairman Tiger Lin will take his place.
Telstra’s share price fell as the government-owned Future Fund sold off A$2.4 billion ($2 bilion) in stock at a loss, complaining it was underperforming. PCCW denied it lacked cash to pay a dividend.
Reliance and China Telecom lit up the first India-China terrestrial cable.
Alcatel-Lucent’s stock spiked 13% on rumors that a Chinese company was interested in buying it.
Gartner raised its forecast for the chip sector after stronger-than-expected PC and cellphone sales in Q2.
LG-Nortel showed off an LTE-CDMA handover.
New FCC chief Julius Genachowski vowed to back net neutrality.
ISPs and privacy advocates attacked the UK government’s plan to cut file-sharers’ internet connections.
Jessica Biel is the most dangerous celebrity online, according to a McAfee survey. One in every five searches on her name leads to an online security threat.
A blogger will sue Google for disclosing her name to a New York court. Liskula Cohen, a model, had sought the identity of the blogger, who had called her a “skank” and an “old hag”. Google opened up its archive of more than 1 million public domain books in the EPUB format.
Yahoo upgraded some of its mail and search features and said it would continue to compete with Microsoft, despite their newly-forged alliance. Microsoft apologized for an altered photo on its web site in which a black man was replaced by a white man.
And Bob Dylan is in talks with car companies to become the voice of sat nav.