Tech Biz Report: India Slaps Spectrum Fee On Vodafone, Microsoft Might Sell Atlas

The government of India announces that it wil impose a fee as high as $4.24 billion on Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD), along with other local carriers for any “excess spectrum” that they own.

Shares of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR) slipped further after SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son declares that he is still open to bidding on MetroPCS, which would make it more unlikely that Sprint might acquire the former in full, near-term.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is in discussion to divest its Atlas display ad-serving and measurement unit to privately-held AppNexus, say sources to AdAge. Reports have already emerged that Microsoft, whose Online Services business just posted a $364 million loss for its fiscal first quarter, might leave the online ad market as it must compete there with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).

On inspection, Computerworld says that the new Samsung (SSNLF.PK) Chromebook, which goes for $249 and runs on Google’s Chrome operating system, is “outstanding for light Web browsing and Web-oriented work.” However, it believes that the ARM-based device might be underpowered for more demanding tasks. The Chromebook represents Google’s best attempt thus far to obtain a mass following for Chrome OS.

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