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Nokia Agrees on ‘Shanghai Bell’ Joint Venture With China Huaxin

Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia said it had agreed to create a Chinese joint venture with Huaxin in a move that could pave the way for China’s approval for Nokia’s proposed takeover of Alcatel-Lucent. The joint venture, to be named Nokia Shanghai Bell, will be built upon a similar, long-time joint venture between France’s Alcatel-Lucent and China Huaxin, which is ... Read More »

Want to Get Hired by Google? Try This Hidden Route

Want to score a programming gig at Google? Don’t hesitate looking up for complicated queries on Google. That’s precisely how Max Rosett recently landed a job at the search giant. In a blog post, Rosett has taken the lid off a rather unconventional recruiting practice by Google. The world’s biggest search engine maintains a recruiting tool hidden in its website ... Read More »

Panasonic to Stop Making Batteries in Beijing; Cut 1,300 Jobs

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras. Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said. The plant produces batteries for simple ... Read More »

Bharti Airtel Set to Acquire Augere Wireless Broadband

Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent stake in Augere Wireless Broadband India, which holds 20MHz of broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh telecom circle. “Upon acquisition, Augere will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtel. The acquisition is subject to necessary statutory and regulatory approvals,” Bharti ... Read More »

3D-Printed ‘Microfish’ Could Be Used for Human Drug Delivery

ish – that are chemically powered by hydrogen peroxide and magnetically controlled. These proof-of-concept synthetic microfish will inspire a new generation of “smart” microrobots that have diverse capabilities such as detoxification, sensing and directed drug delivery, researchers said. Researchers led by Shaochen Chen and Joseph Wang of the University of California, San Diego, were able to custom-build microfish that can ... Read More »

ISS Astronauts to Drink Japanese Whisky in Space for Science

An unmanned cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies including Japanese whisky successfully docked at the International Space Station early Tuesday, officials said. But thirsty astronauts will have to keep their hands off the golden tipple it’s a science experiment. Drinks giant Suntory sent the booze to space so it could test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour. ... Read More »

Apple’s Cook Reassures Investors on China, Stock Boomerangs

Apple Inc’s Chief Executive Tim Cook took an unusual step of reassuring shareholders on Monday in comments to CNBC about the iPhone maker’s business in China ahead of a dramatic 13 percent drop and rebound in its stock that put it in positive territory. Chinese consumers are critical to fueling demand for iPhones, and a slump in the country’s stock ... Read More »

Bulk SMSes, Voice Messages to Be Monitored by Election Commission

The Election Commission of India has decided to monitor sending of bulk SMS and recorded voice messages during election campaigning by political parties and candidates.Taking cognizance of the use of bulk SMSes and recorded voice messages during the election campaigning, the Commission has directed that they would be in the purview of pre-certification of election advertisements as in case of ... Read More »

Cassini Probe Finds ‘Lakes’ on Saturn’s Moon Titan

A study using data from the joint Nasa and the European Space Agency (ESA) Cassini mission suggests the Saturn moon Titan’s surface indentation that is similar to creation of sinkholes on the Earth.Apart from the Earth, Titan is the only body in the solar system known to possess surface lakes and seas, which have been observed by the Cassini spacecraft. ... Read More »

Government Working on New Surveillance Policy Balancing Security, Privacy

The government is working on a new regulatory framework for lawful interception and monitoring of telephone calls and messages while safeguarding the privacy of users, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.The Communications and Information Technology Ministry is consulting the Home Ministry to sort out the issues related to interception by security agencies, he said. A National Telecom Security Policy ... Read More »