Deutsche Telekom seeks Sprint deal break-up fee
German incumbent Deutsche Telekom is demanding a $1bn break-up fee be made part of any attempted takeover of its US operation T-Mobile by Sprint in order to approve the deal, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The payment, from Sprint to Deutsche Telekom, would be required should an agreed deal be derailed; perhaps blocked by regulatory or competition authorities.
Motorola launches ultra-low price Moto E smartphone
Motorola is looking to capture the budget end of the market with the launch of the Moto E smartphone which will costs just £89 without a contract. The Moto E smartphone, which will be available this week, complements the company’s other handsets, the Moto G and Moto X both of which are also very competitive in terms of pricing.
BT achieve fibre-optic broadband target
Broadband provider BT has reached its fibre-optic coverage target, with two-thirds of the country now able to access the new digital technology. Around more than 19 million homes and businesses can now benefit from superfast broadband, delivering better speeds than before.
Court rules HMRC must end FinFisher spy software stonewalling
Rights group Privacy International (PI) has announced a court decision in its favour over its push for more information on the use of Gamma’s FinFisher backdoor snooping and surveillance software. Privacy International has sought information on the company, its equipment and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigations into it since late 2012, when it provided the HMRC with an almost 200-page-long dossier on the firm.
Legal battle over GCHQ’s ‘smartphone snooping’
The challenge alleges that the Government Communications Headquarters listening post has infected “potentially millions” of computers and smartphones around the world with malicious software, that could be used to extract photos and text messages, switch on the phone’s microphone or camera, track locations and listen in to calls. Privacy International, a UK-based charity, brought the case to demand “an end to the unlawful hacking being carried out by GCHQ which, in partnership with the NSA.”
Phishing attacks target Google accounts warns Bitdefender
Hackers are stealing Google account passwords using a new phishing attack that is hard to catch with traditional heuristic detection, warns security firm Bitdefender. The attack exploits the uniform resource identifiers (URIs) that Google Chrome uses to display data. This makes Chrome users most vulnerable, but the attack also targets Mozilla Firefox users.
Biggest four UK ISPs launch online child safety website
As expected the Government has nudged BT, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Sky Broadband into launching a new portal called InternetMatters.ORG, which represents a joint internet safety campaign that aims to help both parents and children to understand the dangers of the online world and how to protect themselves. The move is part of a wider campaign that the country’s biggest Internet providers have been forced to adopt following Government pressure and the threat of new legislation to combat any online content that politicians deem unsuitable for younger eyes.
Birds Eye creates pop-up restaurant where you settle the bill with an Instagram picture
Birds Eye has launched a pop-up restaurant that allows customers to settle the bill by sharing an Instagram picture of their food using the tag #BirdsEyeInspirations. The concept restaurant, named The Picture House, will open its doors in London this week before visiting Manchester and Leeds in June, after research found that 52 per cent of the public regularly take photos of their meals.
Twitter introduces mute feature
Annoying tweets clogging up your feed will soon become a thing of the past, as Twitter introduces a new mute feature. App and web users can now choose to mute users, meaning their tweets and retweets will no longer appear in your home timeline, but they’ll still be able to favourite, reply to, and retweet your tweets, unlike blocking or deleting them.