THE WRAP: AT&T vs. Alca-Lu, Apple bans a developer
This week AT&T blamed its vendor for a 3G network fault, as Apple banned an apps developer for fraud.
AT&T said Alcatel-Lucent’s network was slowing down data speeds for iPhone 4, while Apple patched a software glitch of its own, which caused iPhones to give inaccurate readings of signal strength.
Apple banned developer Thuat Nguyen from the App Store over “fraudulent” activity after users complained their accounts had been used to buy his applications.
The European Court of Justice ruled the Portugal government’s golden share in Portugal Telecom illegal, keeping alive Telefonica’s chance of buying PT’s stake in Vivo.
Google remained in limbo in China after its operating license expired. Authorities said it would “take some time” to decide on whether to renew.
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo vied for MySpace’s advertising business. Google paid $900 million for exclusive rights in 2006.
YouTube Mobile said it was serving 100 million videos a day.
West African bandwidth jumped tenfold with the opening of the Main One system, linking Nigeria and Ghana to Europe.
Nokia sold its wireless modem business to Japanese firm Renesas for $200 million (€147.7 million), as its new mobile solutions chief vowed to take the company back to no.1.
Lenovo boss Liu Chuanzhi said Apple was missing the boat in China’s PC and smartphone markets.
France Telecom unveiled its five-year corporate strategy, promising to spend €900 million on staff welfare.
Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest tech firm, forecast a bumper quarterly operating profit of up to 5.2 trillion won (€3.4 billion).
Strong Android sales drove Taiwan handset firm HTC to a 33% higher Q2 profit, beating industry forecasts.
Solar and wind energy will power 4.5% of the world’s mobile base stations by 2014, a research firm predicted.
EMC Corp bought data warehousing specialist Greenplum.
The US military pressed criminal charges against a soldier alleged to have leaked video of a helicopter attack in Iraq.
Argentine hackers broke into the servers of outlaw file-sharer The Pirate Bay and stole details of its 4 million users.
And Hollywood director Ridley Scott planned to make a feature-length documentary entirely from YouTube clips.