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Nokia buys out Symbian, software goes free

Nokia will pay $410 million (E263m) for the 52 per cent of shares in Symbian it doesn't already own. Symbian’s software is used in two-thirds of smartphones and six percent…

China mobile TV standard

According to China.com, T-MMB was selected as the national standard for mobile television/multimedia at an assessment conference, and will be promulgated as the formal national standard for mobile television and…

TV set-top makers to challenge EC ruling

STB makers and pay-TV platforms are considering legal action against the European Commission after a tax ruling left many of them facing millions of pounds in unexpected costs. Basic set-top…

FCC cracks down on placement

Federal regulators are beginning an effort to crack down on stealth advertising in television shows, a move aimed at letting consumers know when companies have paid to use their products…

XM and Sirius sink on forecasts

Without or without merger XM and Sirius face a bleak future says Wall St. Goldman Sachs, citing a dramatic slowdown in subscriber growth, high debt costs, refinancing pressure and a…

Tele 5 sues YouTube for copyright damages

Mediaset-controlled Tele 5 has filed a lawsuit against YouTube accusing the video sharing service of violating intellectual property rights by posting video clips without permission. The TV network has urged…

UK iPod tax call

Former singer Feargal Sharkey used the London Calling music conference to demand a levy on gadgets that allow music to be copied. “To legislate for the copying of a CD…

Private equity eyes Sogecable

From David Del Valle in Madrid The sale of Sogecable pay-TV division, Digital Plus, is also attracting interest from several private equity firms, such as Permira and Apax, with suggestions…

Vodafone new chief

Vodafone Group has announced that, after five years in the role, Arun Sarin will be retiring as Chief Executive at the end of the Company’s AGM on 29th July 2008.…

EU device tax under review

Hardware makers are meeting politicians and copyright societies to discuss introducing a Europe-wide levy on media devices, offsetting revenue apparently lost from personal copying. Since 2001, 22 of Europe's 27…