THE WRAP: The birth of web 3.0‾

This could turn out to be the week that Web 3.0 was launched, on the back of three data portability moves in social networking  by Google, Facebook and MySpace. The latter two have announced they are ending their walled garden approach to social networking, and Google has announced the Friend Connect software tools to do it with. It's a fight to the death for data on users.

 

However, it was overshadowed by HP agreeing to pay €9bn for IT services company EDS in an attempt to compete head-to-head with IBM in that lucrative sector.

 

Despite opposition, Deutsche Telekom has agreed to share control of the Greek operator OTE with the Greek government. DT completed an EDGE upgrade at home.

 

Elsewhere, operators are queuing to sign up for the iPhone with Apple inreadiness for the next generation, 3G phone that it is expected will be unveiled on 9 June.

 

It looks like Yahoo's board is about to feel the heat from the activist investor Carl Icahn who now owns about 3.6% of the company and is keen to get rid of board members. A rerun of his tactics at Motorola.

 

RIM has launched an object of desire with its new HSPA Bold smart phone, which has created waves. The company also set up a €96 million VC fund to develop new mobile apps with Thomson Reuters and RBC - and not just for BlackBerrys either.

 

Dutch officials clamped down on illegal online casinos and Australians are forced to use PayPal for all their eBay transactions, in a move that that could be emulated elsewhere. Neither has been popular with the punters.

 

The second European 2.6GHz spectrum auction concluded in Sweden. With auctions coming up in other European countries, including the UK, Austria and the Netherlands, the outcome of the Swedish experience is worth scrutiny.

 

Finally, it looks like the European Commission versus Microsoft saga will run and run: the software giant is to appeal against the record €899 million fine slapped on it by the Commission for its failure to comply with anti-trust rulings.

 

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