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Chinese Officials Approve Nokia-Microsoft Deal

Chinese officials gave its approval to Nokia to sell its mobile-phone business to Microsoft without changing its patent practices. This would let Nokia sell the business but keep its handset patents, valued at between €3 billion ($4.14 billion) and €10 billion ($13.85 billion). The various regulatory approvals are required based on the size of the transaction and the firms’ market positions. In some cases, to ensure equitable footing in the market, a government could impose operating conditions. Analysts had concerns Chinese regulators would place some sort of stringent conditions -- such as changes to its licensing or terms for its royalties -- on Nokia’s patent licensing before approving the sale to Microsoft. Competitors Google and Samsung had, for example, asked the Chinese government to make certain closure of the deal would not translate into higher licensing fees. Still facing Nokia is an Indian tax case. However, the company says this will not delay consummation of the €5.4 billion ($7.48 billion) deal, expected to occur by the end of this month. (The Associated Press)(Reuters)

China Wants Extended XP Support from Microsoft

The Chinese government wants Microsoft to extend its support for Windows XP to halt the traffic in pirated Microsoft software. A state copyright official claims the release of Windows 8 translates into higher prices for Windows-based computers, which leads consumers to purchase less expensive, pirated versions of the software. Windows XP is still used by a large percentage of Chinese. Ending the support would also increase security threats to users. (SlashDot)(Network World)

UK Government Investigating Huawei

United Kingdom government officials announced plans to investigate security at a cybersecurity center located in southern England operated by China’s Huawei. The investigation is reportedly being conducted to ensure the nation’s telecommunications networks remain secure. There are concerns about the company’s access to the nation’s communications infrastructure and whether it has ties to the Chinese government or military. Allegations have been made that the firm inserts backdoors in its equipment to allow the Chinese government to conduct espionage. United States businesses have already been advised by US House of Representatives members not to buy equipment from the company following testimony by the firm they deemed “unconvincing”. The security center, staffed by UK nationals, was opened in 2010 to test both telecommunications hardware and software for security risks before they were used in Britain’s critical infrastructure. Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications firm, issued a statement supporting the investigation, which is also determining whether the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) should have a greater role in managing the center. (ZDNet)(Reuters)

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