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    Facebook Discussed Investment Options With Xiaomi: Sources

    Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China’s top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialized, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The discussions, at a private dinner when Zuckerberg visited Beijing in October,…

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    Microsoft Ties Up With Idea For Paid Apps, Games

    Microsoft Mobiles, maker of Lumia smartphones, has tied up with Idea Cellular for enabling the telco’s 34 million data users to purchases apps and pay for them through monthly bills or prepaid balances. Idea Cellular’s customers will be able to make the purchases from Microsoft’s Windows Store, the companies said on Monday. Partnerships where telcos…

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  • Pakistan Sets 90-Day SIM Registration Deadline

    Pakistan’s regulators have set a 90-day deadline for re-verifying SIMs in operation via a new biometric system, after which the telecom industry fears that tens of millions of active SIMs will be blocked. The 90-day verification process commenced yesterday using the Biometric Verification System (BVS), The News International reported. The government ordered the verification process based on a…

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    KT Sues SKT Claiming Deceptive Advertising

    South Korea’s KT is taking rival SK Telecom to court, claiming that the latter operator is misleading consumers with claims that it has commercialized the first tri-band LTE-A network. SK Telecom announced late last year that it has launched a tri-band LTE-A network combining 800-MHz, 1.8-GHz and 2.1-GHz spectrum. But KT has filed an injunction…

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    India Confirms 25 February Spectrum Auction

    India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Friday confirmed 25 February as the start date for its latest spectrum auction, a process from which it hopes to raise as much as 648.4 billion rupees (€8.6 billion). The government has published a notice inviting application (NIA) calling on potential bidders to signal their interest no later than…

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