THE WRAP: BlackBerry bans and a neutrality deal

This week governments wrung their hands over RIM, as Google and Verizon neared a ground-breaking net neutrality deal.
 
Citing its strong encryption, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states banned the BlackBerry, Lebanon considered it while in India RIM sought a deal with authorities to allow it to stay in the market.
 
Google and Verizon were close to a net neutrality deal setting ground rules on how networks deal with different kinds of traffic.
 
Google chief Eric Schmidt said 200,000 Android-based phones were being sold daily, as surveys showed it had become the most popular smartphone platform in the US.
 
RIM unveiled its new flagship phone, the BlackBerry Torch, and a new OS.
 
Nokia and LG lost more market share to Samsung and OEM handset-makers, according to IDC.
 
So-called ‘activist’ investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in Motorola for the second time this year.
 
India’s Department of Telecommunications agreed to build a 4G network for the military as part of their latest spectrum deal.
 
Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G group narrowed its loss and said it would turn its first profit this year.
 
Its Hong Kong group increased earnings 41%  while its Australian arm posted a rare profit thanks to its joint venture with Vodafone.
 
The merger of T-Mobile with Orange in the UK hit Deutsche Telekom’s 2Q profits.
 
The Australian government expanded its NBN rollout.
 
Telecom New Zealand offered to split in order to take part in the state-funded next-gen network scheme.
 
BT said it would change the way it releases local loop unbundling data after a year-long campaign by a regional operator.
 
Mobile payments in emerging markets are set to soar, according to Arthur D. Little.
 
Google canceled its ambitious Wave collaboration project citing lack of interest.
 
Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Oracle boss Larry Ellison and 37 other US billionaires pledged to give away half their fortunes.
 
And an Ohio woman learned about her husband’s second wedding from photos posted on Facebook.

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