And a Chinese court ruled that Tencent was partially liable for the death of a student who agreed to a suicide pact using its QQ messaging service.
THE WRAP: Secrets highlight web weakness; as telcos shuffle assets
This week cyber war broke out over Wikileaks, as BT pledged to up its fiber investment
A hacker alliance called Anonymous took down Visa and MasterCard sites with denial of service attacks, after they cut off support for Wikileaks.
The site revealed subsea cables feature heavily in a US list of key global assets, as it continued to leak batches of State Department cables despite founder Julian Assange being jailed in the UK pending a deportation hearing.
Huawei announced it working with a UK intelligence agency to ensure its equipment can resist cyber attacks at a new security center in the country.
BT said it would match £830 million (€991 million) of public funds being made available to boost fiber deployments in rural areas, as the UK government seeks to stimulate private investment.
French media conglomerate Vivendi closed in on a deal to acquire Vodafone’s 44% stake in SFR for €8.2 billion.
More than 10,000 Eircom fixed-line subscribers suffered service outages after storms caused a break in one of the telco’s domestic fiber lines.
France Telecom chief Stephane Richard revealed ESPN, Societe Television France 1 and the French football league are interested in buying the Orange Sports channel.
A senior Pentagon official said that attacks on intellectual property were now a major security threat.
US carrier Sprint revealed plans to scrap its Nextel iDEN network while announcing $5 billion (€3.7 billion) 4G contracts with Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung.
Indian operator Aircel handed 3G contracts to Nokia Siemens and ZTE.
Police raided the home of India’s former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja as they probed a 2G spectrum scandal.
New Zealand awarded the first NZ$200 million (€113 million) contracts for the national Ultrafast Broadband project to utility firms, overlooking incumbent Telecom NZ.
A Toshiba plant suffered a power failure of less than a second that is expected to cause a fall in shipments of chips for iPhones and other devices.
Intel set up a new netbook and tablet division and says its chips will be in 35 tablets early next year.
Google began a pilot of notebooks running its web-based browser Chrome OS, and debuted its second attempt at a handset, the Samsung-built Nexus S.
Windows Phone director Joe Belfiore declined to reveal Windows Phone 7 sales figures.
VMware and LG struck a deal to bring virtualization to the smartphone.
Ericsson chairman Michael Treschow said he would step down within two years.
Cisco made the first VoIP call from space.
Mark Zuckerberg followed the lead of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in pledging to give away most of his wealth.