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Euronews: Feb. 18

It's a quiet, post-Mobile World Congress Friday in the EMEA region (though there's still plenty of new content being added to our special Mobile World Congress Show Site). But there's still end-of-week action at Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and the European Commission .

  • Well, at least he's putting his money where his mouth is: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has sold all of his shares in Microsoft, his former berth, and bought 150,000 shares in his new employer, reports Finnish website YLE. Since last week's announcement of the Great "Nokisoft" Mobile Project, shares in the Finnish handset giant have dropped more than 20 percent. (See Elop Promises Nokia Will Change Faster, Nokia Unveils Major Revamp and Nokia to Cut Jobs, Stay in Finland.)

  • Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, has told 21 out of the 27 European Union member states that, as far as mobile Internet is concerned, they need to frankly get a move on. According to a timetable set out by the EC, by now they should have legislative measures in place that allow Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT) and Solaris Mobile Ltd , the two operators selected in May 2009 to provide pan-European mobile satellite services, to offer said services from May 2011. But they haven't. (For the record, the countries who are deemed to have done the necessary on this one are Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Romania and Sweden.) (See EC Urges Action on Satellite Services.)

  • As unrest continues in North Africa and the Middle East, The New York Times reports that data from Arbor Networks suggests that the authorities in Bahrain have been shutting down selected bits of the Internet, presumably in a bid to stop the protests from spreading. Arbor said that data traffic was 10 to 20 percent below expected levels. (See Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Egypt Protests Throttle Up Web Video Traffic.)

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    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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