Apple renews motion calling for a U.S. ban on Samsung products. "Apple has renewed its bid for a U.S. ban on Samsung products," according to MacRumors, "requesting that a separate injunction trial be held on January 30, 2014."
Bitcoin exchanges suspend operations in India amid government warning. "India's largest bitcoin trading platform has suspended its operations," reports ZDNet, "citing a recent public advisory by the central bank highlighting the risks of virtual currencies."
China's telecom regulator awards virtual telecom licenses to 11 companies. "With the new licenses, the 11 companies will be able to lease mobile services from China's three state-run telecom service providers," the Wall Street Journal reports. "Analysts have long said the creation of the new businesses ... could offer a first step to breaking up the monopoly held by China's three state-run telecom service providers."
Major recording labels prepare to sue Russia’s Facebook. "Russia’s telecoms regulator has just stated that the country’s Facebook equivalent vKontakte has done enough against piracy to have itself removed from the USTR’s Special 301 Report," according to TorrentFreak. "However, the major labels including Sony, Universal, EMI and Warner seem to disagree and say they are preparing to sue the social networking giant."