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UH OH -- iPhone Getting Clobbered By Android In Countries With No Carrier Subsidies

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Thanks to a monster Q4, Apple's iPhone is holding its own against the Android onslaught in the U.S. But its performance in markets without carrier handset subsidies is a potential concern. iPhones sell for about $600. In the U.S., about $400 of that purchase price is paid by the...
UH OH -- iPhone Getting Clobbered By Android In Countries With No Carrier Subsidies

Killer cloud: report says Amazon Web Services threatens all IT incumbents

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Amazon Web Services faces growing competition from a dozen or more legacy name-brand IT giants. But instead of taking a hit, it poses a bigger-than-ever threat to the those vendors — all of which are building their own competitive clouds, according to new Morgan Stanley research. Oh, and the researchers...
Killer cloud: report says Amazon Web Services threatens all IT incumbents

Facebook becomes a telco: invests in Asia subsea cable

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Facebook has made its first investment in a subsea cable system: the Asia Pacific Gateway. According to a Malaysian stock exchange filing by Malaysia’s Time dotCom, the latest member to join the APG cable consortium, Facebook is already among the list of consortium members behind the project. Facebook’s investment, which other industry...
Facebook becomes a telco: invests in Asia subsea cable

Why Verizon is killing DSL & cheap broadband

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The slow death of DSL will cause the rapid rise of expensive broadband for underserved areas if Verizon’s Fusion home broadband service is any indication. Verizon on Tuesday launched its long-planned home broadband service powered by its LTE wireless network — trading slow in-ground copper for expensive airwaves on its...
Why Verizon is killing DSL & cheap broadband

Shocker: Court Says National Security Letters Are Unconstitutional, Bans Them

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Well here's a surprising (and important) bit of late-Friday-breaking news. A federal court has ruled that national security letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional, and banned their use. For years we've covered the use and abuse of NSLs, which basically allow law enforcement to demand (with almost no oversight) information from service...
Shocker: Court Says National Security Letters Are Unconstitutional, Bans Them

Telefónica squares up to Amazon with Instant Servers global IaaS offering

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Telefónica, the giant Spanish telco, has just decided to take on Amazon around the world with Instant Servers, a public cloud service. Launched on Tuesday, the service’s virtual servers are optimized for mobile, enterprise and M2M applications. The infrastructure-as-a-service offering is the first product that Telefónica is selling to companies...
Telefónica squares up to Amazon with Instant Servers global IaaS offering

Telefonica Buys Video Chat Platform TokBox, An Airtime For The Rest Of Us

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Telefonica Digital, the new media arm of the giant Spanish carrier Telefonica, has made another big investment in its bid to become an international communications platform extending beyond basic voice and data services. Today, it announced that it would buy TokBox, a video calling platform that works across websites and...
Telefonica Buys Video Chat Platform TokBox, An Airtime For The Rest Of Us

Mobile cloud DVR app BooxTV snapped up by Finnish telco

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The idea of third-party services that allow online TV recording may have proved controversial in some quarters, but now a Finnish telco is acquiring just such a thing. DNA Ltd has bought a fifth of Booxmedia, whose BooxTV app is an internet-based DVR for smartphones and tablets. BooxTV’s mobile app...
Mobile cloud DVR app BooxTV snapped up by Finnish telco

Save the world by not giving out unwanted free phone chargers

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Buy a phone, whether direct from a manufacturer or from a mobile operator, and chances are it'll come with a phone charger. You'll probably plug it in and chuck the old one in a drawer somewhere, "just in case." Once upon a time, when phones were all equipped with...
Save the world by not giving out unwanted free phone chargers

Skype talks mobile: 'People are communicating constantly now'

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But Neil Stevens says that some mobile operators have yet to realise that his company isn't an enemyWhen Neil Stevens joined Skype four years ago, the company had just passed the 100m monthly unique users milestone. In 2013, that figure is now 300m, with its mobile and tablet apps one...
Skype talks mobile: 'People are communicating constantly now'

Last Second Tickets Scores Further £1M To Help Fill Empty Venues

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Last Second Tickets, the UK site that helps live event organisers shift unsold tickets, last minute, while passing on discounts to consumers in return for soaking up that surplus inventory, has scored a second round of funding: £1 million from Markco Media, the parent company of MyVoucherCodes, founded by serial...
Last Second Tickets Scores Further £1M To Help Fill Empty Venues

Don't Call It WAC! Telefonica Adds Telenor To Its BlueVia API Platform, Carrier Billing Now Covers 460M Customers Worldwide

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Telefonica today has announced a deal with Telenor as its first carrier partner to the BlueVia API platform — one of the Spanish company’s many efforts, via Telefonica Digital, to create new lines of revenue around its operator assets. In this case, it’s a platform that it opens up to...
Don't Call It WAC! Telefonica Adds Telenor To Its BlueVia API Platform, Carrier Billing Now Covers 460M Customers Worldwide

What Those Mysterious Cell Phone Fees Fund: $115 Million For Rural Broadband

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Ever wonder what those mysterious government service fees on your cell phone bill go to fund? Part of it goes toward a newly launched $415 million plan to provide 400,000 rural netizens with some broadband goodness. The Connect America Fund, a Obama administration-supported plan for universal broadband, is part...
What Those Mysterious Cell Phone Fees Fund: $115 Million For Rural Broadband
How one man is bringing VoIP, 'Net access where telecoms fear to tread

Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann to step down, CFO to take over

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The head of Deutsche Telekom, Rene Obermann, is to step down in a year’s time. He apparently requested that the board set a termination date for his contract of 31 December 2013, and his successor has been chosen. That successor will be current CFO Timotheus Höttges, who has been with...
Deutsche Telekom CEO Obermann to step down, CFO to take over

AT&T's forgotten plot to hijack the US airwaves

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This just in: Ars Technica has uncovered a campaign by AT&T to completely dominate the nation's system of broadcasting. The telco's plan would make it almost impossible for broadcast license holders not affiliated with the carrier to operate. The plot involves an elaborate system of patent lawsuits, corporate alliances,...
AT&T's forgotten plot to hijack the US airwaves
Europe warms to OpenStack
Rackspace Looks To The Telcos In Global Expansion Of Its OpenStack Cloud

UnboundID Gets $12.5M to seek the Holy Grail of online ID

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UnboundID, a startup that makes identity management software used by both large cloud providers and telecommunications firms, has raised a $12.5 million Series B round led by Open View Venture Partners. The startup is noteworthy because it is after the holy grail of computing today — allowing people and businesses to...
UnboundID Gets $12.5M to seek the Holy Grail of online ID

China Mobile claims 15 million iPhone subscribers without selling Apple's handset

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China Mobile may be the world's largest telco with 655 million subscribers, but it's missing one major ingredient that any top tier carrier needs -- the iPhone. Apple's exclusivity deal with China Unicom is about to come to an end and China Telecom is going to start selling the...
China Mobile claims 15 million iPhone subscribers without selling Apple's handset

Telefónica eyes the fast-growing mobile markets in Brazil and Chile with plans for LTE services

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Spanish giant telco Telefónica is planning to bid for LTE frequencies in Brazil and Chile during the second half of the year, BusinessWeek reported. As we reported, smartphone sales seem to be taking off in Latin America, boosting data use. The announcement was made in Barcelona by the company’s CTO Enrique Blanco,...
Telefónica eyes the fast-growing mobile markets in Brazil and Chile with plans for LTE services
Vint Cerf: Internet competition has "evaporated" since dial-up

Surface Pro expected to hit European stores next quarter

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Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet will go on sale in Europe in the second quarter priced somewhere around €899, while a local telco is now reselling the latest editions of its Office 365 hosted productivity suite, the company announced ahead of the Cebit trade show on Monday. Microsoft...
Surface Pro expected to hit European stores next quarter

These 2 Charts Show How The Simple Act Of Watching TV Is Dying In The U.S. (TWC, DISH, T, VZ)

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I have argued recently that cable TV faces the same extinction threat as the hard-wired telephone, as consumers show less interest in watching shows on a television in favor of DVDs, iPads and other internet video streaming sources. My argument caused some controversy, which I'll address with the two...
These 2 Charts Show How The Simple Act Of Watching TV Is Dying In The U.S. (TWC, DISH, T, VZ)

Roger McNamee Thinks Google Should Build A Chrome Phone, And Twitter Is Being Run Into The Ground (GOOG, AAPL)

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Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners thinks that Android's business model is hopelessly broken -- nobody is making any money from it. The only way Google can win in smartphones, he thinks, is by putting all of Motorola's resources into building a phone based on the other Google operating system,...
Roger McNamee Thinks Google Should Build A Chrome Phone, And Twitter Is Being Run Into The Ground (GOOG, AAPL)

WiLAN buys 40 telco technology and mobile multimedia patents from Siemens

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Not very good news unless you’re totally cool with the whole patent trolling thing: WiLAN this morning announced that it has acquired a global portfolio of more than 40 patents and applications from Siemens. The patents and applications in question relate to telecommunication network management and mobile multimedia, according to...
WiLAN buys 40 telco technology and mobile multimedia patents from Siemens

Tradeshift Is Courting VCs On A $80-100 Million Valuation

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Tradeshift, which aims to become the "Skype for invoicing", has pulled in two new significant angel investors: former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos and founding investor in LastFM Stefan Glaenzer. Tradeshift is working on what it positions as the world's first free invoicing platform, news which we broke on its launch...
Tradeshift Is Courting VCs On A $80-100 Million Valuation

Google Countersues UK Telco BT Over Patent Infringement In Its Conferencing and IP Quality Of Service Products

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Google today stepped up its battle to protect its patents, with the latest target a countersuit against BT, the UK incumbent telecoms carrier, along with Ipanema Technologies, which resells some of BT’s services. The suit relates to four patents that Google says are being infringed by services that BT runs...
Google Countersues UK Telco BT Over Patent Infringement In Its Conferencing and IP Quality Of Service Products

O2 announces Pocket Hotspot device, wants to keep you connected at all times

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O2 hasn't exactly given many options to those looking for an internet-sharing mobile device, but today the Euro telco's announcing a miniature Pocket Hotspot that should solve some of those troubles. The company's promising max download speeds of around 22Mbps and 6Mbps up -- though, needless to say, that's...
O2 announces Pocket Hotspot device, wants to keep you connected at all times
Skype co-founder’s FreedomPop wants to offer freemium mobile broadband
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