O2, EE & Vodafone to trial carrier billing on the high street
O2, EE and Vodafone have teamed up with mobile payments firm Boku to enable customers to pay for goods using their phones. Boku’s e-Money service could eventually extend to other operators. The service will allow customers to make purchases of any type of product or services. Users only need to enter their mobile number at a merchant’s storefront to pay for physical goods.
EU antitrust regulators scrap Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica probe
EU antitrust regulators closed on Friday an investigation into Deutsche Telekom, Orange SA and Telefonica, saying they had found no evidence the telecoms providers shut out rivals in the Internet contents market. The European Commission raided the companies in July last year on concerns raised by U.S.-based Cogent Communications that the telecoms operators may have abused their market position in deals with Internet companies to deliver content to users.
Check the permissions: Android flashlight apps criticised over privacy
A host of Android torch apps come with some strange permissions, including the ability to delete apps, track location, tinker with Bluetooth connectivity, view call details and write additional software to the phone, a security company has warned. Tens of millions of people have downloaded apps like the Super-Bright LED Flashlight or Brightest Flashlight Free without reviewing the permissions. But SnoopWall’s report on permissions sought by the top 10 Android flashlight apps suggests they should take more care when installing.
Cyanogen reportedly turned down Google acquisition
Cyanogen, the company tasked with commercialising the custom CyanogenMod Android-based OS, rejected an approach from Google. Google’s SVP of Android, Sundar Pichai was apparently interested in acquiring the company, but Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster rejected his overtures. Instead, McMaster is concentrating on gaining a $1 billion valuation as his company bids for a third round of funding.
UK’s Digital Infrastructure Strategy under spotlight at NextGen14
The Government’s Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy will be debated at NextGen14 in November. Mark Swarbrick, Project Director Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy, will discuss the key headlines emerging from this long-awaited DCMS production, with the consultation period for the strategy closing this week.
Civil Service appoints its first CEO
The Civil Service has appointed its first chief executive, John Manzoni, who has been running the Major Projects Authority within Whitehall for the past eight months. The appointment has a technology focus, with the brief to make Whitehall’s administration “more digital” – one of four tasks outlined by Civil Service head Sir Jeremy Heywood in his report on reform of the service, published yesterday.
EU Commission clears Facebook’s $19 billion bid for WhatsApp
European Union antitrust regulators approved on Friday a $19 billion offer by Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, for mobile messaging start-up WhatsApp. The landmark deal is the largest in Facebook’s 10-year history and will give it a strong foothold in the fast-growing mobile messaging market, pitting it against telecoms companies.
Virgin expands TV Anywhere
Virgin Media has added a further 15 live channels to multiscreen service Virgin TV Anywhere, taking the total number of available channels to 107. The latest additions to Virgin Media’s on the go line-up include news, entertainment, music and gaming channels from around the world, such as Al Jazeera, France 24, ARY News, B4U Music, Ginx and Lahme. The cablenet says a further two major entertainment channels will also join the service next month.
Broadband TV News
How social TV channel ‘joiz’ connects with young audiences
Viewers who ‘check-in’ to shows have their photo broadcast on TV, and a ‘tweet tree’ flowers in real time as the audience posts to Twitter about the programme. joiz, a social TV channel aimed at young people, allows its viewers to engage with video content, including live broadcasts like talk shows, through the media outlet’s website and mobile apps.