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Euronews: Galaxy Tab Ban Lifted, for Now

Samsung Corp. , Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) are amongst those making waves in today's EMEA's news pond.

  • Good news for Samsung as the (virtually) Europe-wide ban on the sale of its iPad-challenging Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet has been temporarily lifted outside Germany, reports the BBC, while a court decides whether the original, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)-inspired ruling was sound. (See Euronews: Apple Blocks Galaxy Tab in EU, Apple vs. Android Patent Spat Goes Global and Samsung Tries to Block Apple Sales in the US.)

  • Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany and Telefónica Deutschland GmbH are clubbing together to form a mobile payment company, called mpass. The service, which is expected to start later this year, will enable secure mobile and contactless payment for users of all Germany's mobile networks, without the need to send sensitive personal data such as bank details to the trader handling the transaction. (See UK Operators Form Mobile Money JV and Everything Everywhere Does Mobile Money.)

  • Telekom Austria surprised few with the direction of travel of its second-quarter financials, reports Reuters. Revenue for the quarter was down 5.1 percent year-on-year, and EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) down 8.6 percent. The 54 percent devaluation of the Belarusian ruble didn't help matters.

  • African giant MTN Group Ltd. , by contrast, pushed up its headline EPS (earnings per share) by 7.2 percent year-on-year, reports Reuters Africa. MTN has operations across 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

  • Be careful what you wish for on Facebook: In the wake of the recent U.K. riots, the courts are coming down heavily on those involved -- and even on those who just tried to get involved. The BBC reports that two men from Cheshire, a county in the north of England, have been jailed for four years each for attempting to incite a "copycat" riot in the town of Northwich via the social networking site. Sadly for them -- but happily for the good folk of Northwich -- nobody came.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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