Three can buy O2, EU regulator says
The European Commission has approved Telefonica’s sale of O2 in Ireland to mobile network operator Three, in a deal originally proposed in June. This makes the network the second largest in the country behind Vodafone, but, as ever in these deals, the Hutchison Whampoa-owned Three – which paid €850m for the network – claims ambitious plans to overtake its rival and will invest €300m to build a 4G network. The EU had initially opposed the deal but ceded based on a couple of provisos: Three has commit to provide network capacity and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services to two companies, and give them the option to buy spectrum.
Apple to reveal iOS 8 and iPhone 6 at WWDC
Apple is consistently the subject of rumour when it comes to the next iPhone. No sooner has the latest model been released than speculation surrounding the next appears. The iPhone 6 name appeared before the iPhone 5S even launched, with some reports believing the 5S would be called the 6. This of course turned out not to be the case. Speculation surrounding the naming convention always arises, even though Apple has been consistent for the past few generations. We’d fully expect the next model to be the iPhone 6, but how it would be positioned alongside any iPhone 5C replacement, we can’t be sure – there are certainly some ruminations around two separately-sized devices.
Mexico limits access to content by dominant operators
Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) established that dominant operators in the telecommunications sector may not acquire exclusive transmission rights anywhere in the country on Relevant Audiovisual Content. When such content is exclusively contracted by dominant operators, it allows them to strengthen their position in terms of audience and limits other market participants to compete effectively, the regulator said. The IFT banned dominant operators from buying exclusive rights to broadcast the final stages of the World Cup football tournament and Olympics ceremonies, as well as the exclusive broadcast rights of the Mexican football team’s matches and the key final games of the Mexican football league’s top division. Earlier this year, the IFT declared America Movil and Televisa as dominant in their respective markets.
Google spending $1 billion on satellites to cover earth in wi-fi
Google plans to spend over $1 billion on a fleet of satellites that will be used to provide internet to parts of the world that currently lack digital connections. According to “people familiar with the project,” Google will use 180 “small, high-capacity satellites” that will orbit the Earth at low altitudes. Led by Greg Wyler, who set up satellite startup O3b Networks Ltd, Google has been on a hiring spree to recruit engineers from satellite company Space Systems/Loral LLC
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Windows 7’s growth strides ahead of Windows 8.x
Windows XP users might be able to (sort of) cheat the aging operating system’s end of life, but ultimately the only real way to stay safe is, as Microsoft says, by upgrading to a newer, more modern version of Windows. NetMarketShare’s monthly snapshot of the desktop OS share trend shows users are continuing to slowly migrate away from XP. The OS’s share dropped 1.02 per cent from 26.29 per cent in April to 25.27 per cent in May.
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Google Glass: Dyson designed smartglasses 10 years before Google
The technology landscape could look very different if Dyson hadn’t decided to shelve a smartglasses project that had a working prototype more than 10 years before Google’s Glass arrived. The Dyson Halo, known only by its project number N066 until today, was originally developed in 2001 – a set of augmented reality goggles featuring a full-colour 3D heads-up display the kind that’s currently being developed by Google, Epsom and Vuzix.
WhatsApp returns to Windows Phone with new features in tow
Windows Phone users worried that Whatsapp’s devs might be enjoying their Facebook money too much to fix the app can now rest easy. Whatsapp is now back on the Windows Phone Store after a couple of weeks’ absence, and it even comes with new features, including chat backgrounds, better privacy settings and the ability to customize notification tones. Its pulled the app from the store after a lot of users reported having serious issues with update 3 for Windows Phone 8 that permanently disabled notifications or caused persistent errors. Just as Microsoft’s Windows Phone guy Joe Belfiore promised on Twitter, though, Whatsapp’s back and ready for more cross-platform messaging.
YouTube still blocked in Turkey despite top court verdict
Popular video-sharing site YouTube remained blocked in Turkey on Sunday despite the country’s top court ruling that the blanket ban contravened the right to free speech. Turkey’s constitutional court ruled Thursday that the ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for access to the service to be revived following a two-month ban. Transportation Minister Lutfi Elvan, who is also in charge of communications, said the court decision had not yet reached the relevant government agencies.
Cost to acquire app purchasers 20 per cent lower on facebook than banners
App users acquired via Facebook make purchases at a rate of nearly 50 per cent higher than those acquired through banner networks, and 12 per cent higher than video ad networks. That’s according to a report from app marketing firm Fiksu which also found that, although Facebook’s CPC (Cost Per Click) is 10.4x higher than banners, the cost to acquire a purchasing user through Facebook ads is 20 per cent lower – and eight per cent lower than video.