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Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) gets one over Samsung Corp. in today's regional roundup.

  • Apple has been keeping its lawyers busy again, this time winning a temporary injunction that prevents Samsung selling its iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in all European Union countries apart from the Netherlands, reports the BBC. Apple is still seeking to have sales of Samsung's tablet blocked in the U.S. until patent squabbles are resolved. (See Apple vs. Android Patent Spat Goes Global and Samsung Tries to Block Apple Sales in the US.)

  • Following on from Tuesday's news that BlackBerry had agreed to co-operate with the authorities on helping to identify the perpetrators of the U.K.'s ongoing riots, The Guardian reports that mobile operators Orange UK and T-Mobile (UK) -- which together form the EE joint venture in the U.K. -- have said that they will make it a priority to respond to police requests for information under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). It has become clear that many of the riots have been co-ordinated using encrypted Blackberry Messaging (BBM). (See Euronews: RIM Acts in Wake of UK Riots .)

  • The Dutch telecom competition authority, called Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit by the locals, is to extend its investigation of incumbent KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s proposed takeover of cable operator Caiway, reports Global Telecoms Business. An initial assessment of the deal has given the competition authority cause for concern. (See KPN Buys Caiway.)

  • U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) has announced it will pull its broadband and TV services out of Westminster, the prestigious and historic district of central London, reports the Daily Telegraph, as it feels it cannot use BT's existing fiber infrastructure to deliver its high-speed broadband or TiVo TV services, adding that special building conservation regulations in the area make it virtually impossible to install its own fiber. (See Virgin Media Boasts 100Mbit/s Expansion and Virgin Boasts 1.5Gbit/s Broadband.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:56:34 PM
    re: Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU

    So it's cheaper to use Blackberry Messanger to send a text. Plus they encrypt the messages, although its not clear to me how many taking part in this were actually aware of that


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