– MTS has launched its MBlaze mobile broadband service in seven more towns in the Rajasthan circle, bringing up the number of connected towns to 15. It plans to expand in 17 more towns and has earmarked Rs 25 crore for the expansion. Press Release

– The Department of Telecom(DoT) has asked mobile operators to submit a detailed status report on the implementation of Mobile Number Portability in the country. More at The Economic Times

– Essar has dropped plans to merge part of its 33% stake in Vodafone Essar into the listed Essar company India Securities to get the market value of the stake, after Vodafone’s objections. It has now appointed two investment banks to value the stake. More at The Economic Times

– Zappme Media & Entertainment has launched a new on-demand digital advertisement platform called Kratos, which is powered by Tata Communication’s Mosaic. It aims to optimize the commercial delivery chain between advertisers and broadcasters for faster production and preparation of content. Press Release

– Samsung has launched the Wave II Smartphone in India. Based on the company’s proprietary operating system ‘bada’, the phone is the company’s fifth phone on the platform and is priced at Rs 20,900. Press Release

– Reliance Communications has launched Enhanced Missed Call Alert Service, MCA 2.0 on its network. The service alerts callers when the called number becomes available to call back in addition to sending missed call intimation to the subscriber. Press Release

– Opera Software has released a Web Of Trust (WOT) extension for its Opera 11 browser that informs surfers about the trustworthiness, vendor reliability, privacy protection and child safety of the visited web site, based on the feedback of other WOT users. Press Release

– Seven major airlines in the US will let users browse Facebook on their in flight Wifi networks free of charge. The inflight internet service costs between $4.95 to $ 12.95. More at USA Today

– Apple has tightened control over its App store and rejected Sony’s iPhone app that lets users buy e-books from inside the application through the Sony Reader Store. It has told Sony that from now on all in-app purchases need to go through Apple. More at The New York Times