And an imprisoned Japanese reporter in Afghanistan tweeted with his captor’s phone.
THE WRAP: Vodafone exits China, more Google probes
This week Vodafone gave up on China and faced tax trouble in India, while the probes against Google mounted.
Vodafone sold out of China Mobile for $6.6 billion (€5.1 billion), roughly double the value of the stakes it bought in 2000 and 2002.
It promised an appeal after losing a $2.6 billion tax case in India over its acquisition of Hutchison’s Essar stake in 2007.
Google, already under scrutiny for the collection of private data on Street View, faced an antitrust probe from the US Department of Justice over its acquisition of travel software firm ITA, and another by the Texas Attorney General over page rankings.
Ericsson beefed up its US consultancy capabilities, and unveiled a LTE alliance with Motorola focused on public safety.
HP sued former CEO Mark Hurd to prevent him becoming president of rival Oracle.
Orange and T-Mobile enabled cross-network roaming on their merged UK networks.
The Australian NBN will begin its rollout in the countryside after the Labor government was returned to power with the support of rural MPs.
IDC lifted its smartphone forecast after new Android and iPhone launches sparked heavier than expected demand.
For the first time, Apple published guidelines for approval of app store apps.
Samsung and LG prepped dual-core smartphones with Samsung about to showcase its new Orion processor.
Deutsch Telekom wants to take full control of Greek incumbent OTE by 2012, chairman Panagis Vourloumis revealed.
European operators lag seven years behind Asia and the US in FTTx deployment, Arthur D Little warned.
Google sped up its internet search engine with a new feature that displays results as soon as users type in queries. It also revealed plans to launch Google TV in the US by year-end and worldwide during 2011.
BSNL is plotting a possible switch of its Wimax networks to LTE should the latter technology become successful.
Deutsche Bank reduced its stake in France Telecom below 5%, allaying fears it would merge the French telco with Deutsche Telekom.
Telstra set a price range for its SouFun IPO of $810-$850 million.
Experts warned that LTE’s higher cell density could lead to higher costs.
Sybase 365 said it had delivered 1 trillion inter-operator messages since opening its first SMS hub in 2001.
Networking firm Ciena widened its quarterly loss and said it would cut up to 140 jobs from operations outside North America.
US civil rights groups challenged a policy allowing border officials to search visitors’ laptops and smartphones.