THE WRAP: Microsoft targets mobile software - again

This week Windows Phone 7 finally saw light of day, while Wimax operator Clearwire began selling off the family jewels.
 
Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system – Windows Phone 7 – and nine new handsets drew positive reviews after their launch on Monday.
 
In a busy week, Microsoft also struck a deal with Facebook to add user comments into Bing search results, and teamed up with Chinese online giant Alibaba to offer search for its retail website.
 
Struggling Wimax operator Clearwire began selling 4G spectrum to rivals to fund its network expansion.
 
India’s 3G will start in earnest on November 5, with Tata DoCoMo set to become the first non-government operator to offer service.
 
The US online ad market grew 13.9% in the second quarter.
 
Intel predicted a strong fourth quarter after generating $11 billion in sales during 3Q.
 
An independent report said conditions at Foxconn plants were like a prison camp and claimed the level of suicides had been under-reported.
 
Japan-based DeNA paid $400 million (€284 million) for Silicon Valley iPhone games firm Ngmoco, its latest in a series of offshore purchases
 
 
Qualcomm bought iSkoot, which specializes in mobile social media, and Nokia Siemens acquired Turkish network planning firm Iris Telecom.
 
Sony launched a new line of Google TV-compatible http://www.telecomseurope.net/content/sony-launches-google-tvs TV sets.
 
The BlackBerry won a reprieve in the Gulf states.
 
Nokia Siemens won a contract to provide M2M to Zhenjiang city in China.
 
Reliance and Tata Teleservices held talks with Apple to bring the CDMA iPhone to India, and Verizon Wireless announced it will begin selling a CDMA iPad on October 28.
 
A UK security chief warned of an imminent threat to critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
 
Media firms moved to block News Corp’s proposed purchase of BSkyB, while the broadcaster hit-out at the UK’s YouView IPTV service.
 
Telecom Italia gained control of Telecom Argentina.
 
The US FCC considered a new scheme for funding rural broadband.
 
And Apple trademarked the slogan “there's an app for that.”

 

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