The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For September 08, 2006
Mobile Operators Set to Lose US$6.4 bil. VAT Claim on UMTS Licences
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has published an opinion that
goes against European mobile operators: claim for refunds of up
to 5 billion euro (US$6.4 billion) in value-added tax (VAT) on
UMTS licences. The operators argue that under EU tax law, they
should be allowed to reclaim VAT payments. Significance: The ECJ
Amazon.com Launches TV, Movie Service
SEATTLE -- Amazon.com Inc. launched a digital video downloading
service Thursday, ending months of speculation that the Internet
retailer would be getting into the online TV and movie business.
The service, dubbed Amazon Unbox, will offer thousands of television
shows, movies and other videos from more than 30 studios and ...
FortuNet Gets OK for Mobile Gambling
LAS VEGAS -- FortuNet Inc., which makes wireless gaming machines
for casinos and other gambling establishments, won approval from
the State Gaming Control Board to become an operator of mobile
gambling devices, a company spokesman said Thursday. The Las
Vegas-based company now faces a vote in the next few weeks at the
Nokia Strengthens Ties with Yahoo!
Nokia is making a deeper commitment to Yahoo! by further
integrating Yahoo! Search into its Nokia Mobile Search
application. As part of the agreement, Yahoo! will provide Web
and image search results in more than 10 languages on a wide
variety of Nokia devices, which will give consumers real-time
access to information and content,...
Verizon Asks FCC to Undo Unbundling
Verizon Communications Inc. late Wednesday asked the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) to excuse it from sharing its DS1
and DS3 loop and transport facilities with competing voice
providers, especially cable companies. Verizon wants relief from
its "dominant carrier" responsibilities in six major
metro areas ...
Winning the Compliance Game
Looking for tips on how to ace your next regulatory audit? The
Compliance Security Council, made up of the Institute of Internal
Auditors, the Computer Security Institute, and Symantec, has been
tracking what's working and what's not, says James
Hurley, executive director of research for the Security
Compliance Council and a ...
RIM Polishes Its Pearl
Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has made its boldest stride
into the consumer market yet with the long-anticipated $199
smartphone called 'Pearl'. The firm unveiled the phone this week
in downtown New York with cellular partner T-Mobile USA. The
operator will start to sell the phone in the U.S. this coming
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