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* Apple Inc.'s Taiwan-based contract manufacturers are not in talks to settle their legal battle with Qualcomm Inc. over the latter's claims of nonpayment of royalties, Reuters reported. Lawyer Ted Boutrous, who represents the device assemblers, including Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd., denied Qualcomm's statement that there were settlement talks, especially since the U.S. chipmaker made the "same sort of unreasonable demands" that led to the dispute. The device makers are preparing for the trial of the case, which is set for April 2019, according to Reuters.

* The telecom secretary of India invited Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to participate in the 5G trials in the country, amid mounting global concerns about network security linked to the Chinese tech giant's equipment, The Times of India reports. The Indian government initially did not send out invites to Huawei for the trials but relented after a protest by the company. Others invited for the trials include Nokia Corp., Ericsson and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

* The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing that compares competition law approaches to monopolies and abuse of dominance in the U.S. and European Union. William Kovacic, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, is expected to be one of the testifying witnesses.


* Dentsu Inc. agreed to acquire a 70% share in a German video marketer Videobeat Networks GmbH via its U.K. unit Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd., with the option of making it a wholly owned subsidiary in the future. Dentsu will leverage the acquisition to expand its video advertisement business in Germany. The acquisition is subject to approval from the German competition authority.

* PayPay, a mobile payment venture backed by SoftBank Group Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corp., has been misused for unauthorized transactions, The Yomiuri Shimbun reports. According to the report, The Metropolitan Police Department has received a series of complaints.

* U.S.-based Rootstock Software appointed Yoichiro Sugii as its general manager in Japan. Sugii will oversee the software developer's growth in Japan.


* SK Telecom Co. Ltd. added a new offering to its data roaming service that allows users to make free voice calls through its voice call app, T Phone, ZDNet Korea reports. Roaming service users may make and receive a voice call to and from any location in 168 service countries based on mobile voice over IP.

* In other SK Telecom news, the mobile carrier is developing an artificial intelligence-based technology to prevent voice phishing fraud in collaboration with the South Korean Financial Supervisory Service, Yonhap News Agency reports. The watchdog will provide the telco with the voice data of criminals.

* Saltlux Inc., a data processing and outsourced services provider, unveiled its personalized artificial intelligence service Eva, which can imitate a user's appearance and voice as an avatar. Eva can also perform various functions, such as information search and schedule management, ET News reports.

* Ncsoft Corp. is working with multiplex theater operator Megabox Cineplex Inc. to build a kids content platform dubbed TINY, Newsis reports. The companies plan to open a TINY play area in January 2019.


* Huawei's smartphone shipments are expected to reach 200 million units, Tencent News reports. The phone maker's shipment rose from 153 million units last year, and according to analysts, is expected to further increase to 230 million to 250 million in 2019.

* Yue Jianxiong, vice president and general manager of ifeng News App Business at Phoenix New Media Ltd., reportedly resigned and will join Baidu Inc.'s video streaming site iQIYI Inc. as vice president, Sohu reports. Yue will oversee the company's mini video business and will report to CTO Liu Wenfeng, according to the report.

* Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Taobao said livestreaming has now become a major business model, and it expects to clock 500 billion yuan in revenues over the next three years, Sina reports.


* The Cellular Operators Association of India, in a letter to the country's telecom secretary, urged the government not to take any action against Huawei in haste on the basis of "alleged concerns" about national security raised by the Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council, The Economic Times (India) reports.

* Star India Pvt. Ltd. launched the "star value pack" in eight languages, BusinessLine reports. The star value pack covers entertainment, movies, knowledge and sports, and will be available in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and English.


* Mineski, a Southeast Asian esports organization based in the Philippines, will invest US$2 million in 2019 to boost the esports ecosystem in Indonesia, Fox Sports reports.

* The president of Thailand's state-owned CAT Telecom PCL, Sanpachai Huvanandana, revealed that the telco made a profit of 13.66 billion baht in 2018, Manager reports. He added that CAT will not consider major new investments next year due to the merger with TOT PCL.

* Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission proposed the adoption of digital rating as another industry reference, Krungthep Turakij reports. The digital rating, developed by Super Broadband Network Co. Ltd., recognizes unique audience and views on the internet-based AIS Playbox and AIS Play platforms.

* Indonesian ride-hailing company PT Go-Jek Indonesia will reportedly partner with Japanese retail group Aeon Co. Ltd. on digital payment and home delivery services, Nikkei Asian Review reports. Under the partnership, Aeon will accept payments using Go-Jek's digital money app, Go-Pay, at its two malls in Jakarta and will also offer home deliveries through Go-Jek drivers.

* The Malaysian government is aiming to upgrade all Streamyx user services to Unifi through local telco Telekom Malaysia by March 2019, New Straits Times reports.


* World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. extended its broadcasting agreement with New Zealand's SKY Network Television Ltd. Under the new agreement, SKY 5 will continue airing "Raw," "SmackDown" and the one-hour, in-ring show "Main Event" in New Zealand. These programs will also be available for on-demand viewing on SKY On Demand.

* NBN Co Ltd. will relaunch its fixed wireless service in 2020, which may reach download speeds of up to 75 Mbps, IT News reports.

* Telco Spark New Zealand Ltd. added six cell sites on wheels and six cell sites on platforms to provide cellular coverage to beachgoers in the summer.


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