South Korea’s KT says not to bid for stake Tunisie Telecom
South Korean telecoms firm KT said on Friday it had decided not to bid for a stake in state-owned Tunisie Telecom, but gave no reason why. KT said last year it was in an early stage of talks to buy the 35 per cent stake in Tunisie Telecom from a conglomerate owned by Dubai’s ruler.
Canada blocks more spectrum for Rogers and Bell
Canada blocked a joint venture of two of the country’s biggest wireless telephone carriers from acquiring more airwaves on Thursday, sending the latest pointed message that their dominant positions would be challenged in the fight to win over consumers. The government said it had declined a request to transfer 83 wireless spectrum licenses from NextWave to Inukshuk, which is owned by Rogers Communications and BCE Inc’s Bell Canada unit.
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Instant messaging should be regulated: Airtel
Instant messaging applications should be subject to some form of regulation and jurisdictions, similar to how telcos are regulated, according to India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel. “I think we need a framework by which these companies are subjected to similar jurisdiction… because that will benefit everybody concerned,” Bharti Airtel Joint MD and CEO (India operations) Gopal Vittal said, according to PTI.
British spooks nicked Yahoo webcam pictures
British spooks GCHQ nicked and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing. GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases. According to the Guardian, webcam pictures, including substantial quantities of explicit communications, from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts were taken globally.
Government offers £1.5m for open data projects
The government is helping to unlock data from public bodies by awarding £1.5 million to projects as part of its Release of Data fund. The Cabinet Office investment will support organisations who want to improve their data publication as part of a government push to increase transparency. The Open Data User Group (ODUG), which acts as a bridge between the open data community and government, will collect bids for funding.
Telefonica digital to close in executive shuffle
Telefónica is to close its London-based Telefónica Digital unit in a re shuffle of top management, but will keep a UK organisation that will report directly to chief operating officer Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete, reports The Wall Street Journal. Telefónica said in a regulatory filing the move is set to simplify decision making and save costs. The operations formerly run by Telefónica Digital, which focuses on new technologies and non-traditional revenue streams , will now be run from Madrid.
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Amazon could have a music streaming service in the works
Amazon is reportedly working on bringing its own music streaming service to the masses. According to Re/code’s sources, Amazon is currently discussing the possibilities of a subscription streaming service with music labels. One of the sources states that negotiations are being delayed by Amazon’s attempts to get a cheaper deal for the music streaming rights.
Worldwide web turns 25
Get your party pants on, people — the World Wide Web is turning 25 on 12 March. In honour of the web’s impending quarter-life crisis, the Pew Research Centre on Thursday released a survey showing just how far it has come over the years. Two and a half decades after Sir Tim Berners-Lee released the first popular Web browser Mosaic, an overwhelming 87 per cent of American adults now use the Internet — and most say it has positively impacted their life and society overall.
Virgin offer broadband twice as fast as its rivals
Virgin Media is to launch a new ultra-fast broadband service, which it claims is twice as fast as that offered by BT and the rest of the competition. Britain’s third-biggest broadband provider, behind BT and Sky, said the new top speed of 152Mb would appeal to homes where people increasingly use multiple devices connected to the web at the same time. The 152Mb service, which will cost £37.50 without line rental, means a customer can download a TV show in 60 seconds on Virgin’s fibre-optic cable network.