Nokia has ratcheted things up a notch in its battle with Apple over so-called "nano-SIMs," reports the Financial Times. Both companies are trying to get their respective designs for the miniaturized SIM cards recognized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) , but Nokia is now threatening to withhold around 50 SIM-related patents from the ETSI, which, according to the FT, would prevent anyone from building a SIM card to Apple's design, were the Californian company to win the ETSI's approval.
The European Commission has reached a preliminary agreement on reductions in roaming charges across the European Union. Under the new rules, which are set to come into force on July 1, roaming mobile users in the EU will pay no more than 29 (€) cents a minute to make a call, 8 cents a minute to receive a call, 9 cents to send a text message and 70 cents per megabyte to download data. Also, mobile users will, if they so choose, be able to sign up with a different operator specifically for their roaming needs while retaining the same phone number. (See EC Rejigs Roaming Rules and Regulators Reshape Europe's Roaming Market .)
Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has lost its appeal against the €152 million ($202.7 million) fine imposed by European Union regulators in 2007 for wholesale-access-related monopoly abuses, reports Bloomberg.
News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) Chairman Rupert Murdoch has used the gift of Twitter to dismiss allegations that NDS Ltd. -- which he used ultimately to control -- leaked smartcard codes of ITV Digital to a pay-TV piracy website to hasten the Sky rival's demise. "Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century's status quo with their monoplies [sic]," he ranted.