Telecommunications future in flux as AT&T mulls DirecTV
Comcast Corp.’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. may be the opening act for a yearlong festival of telecommunications deals that would alter Internet, phone and TV service for tens of millions of Americans. AT&T Inc. and DirecTV may be the next dance partners. AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire DirecTV for as much as $50 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. After that, in June or July, Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. may bring a $30 billion merger before U.S. regulators, people said last month.
inContact in Genius Partnership
Genius Networks has announced a partnership with inContact to deliver bespoke network connectivity across Europe. In order to capitalise on strong demand from its European market, inContact identified that a reliable and responsive networking provider, capable of delivering bespoke solutions, was instrumental in achieving its business goals.
Will LG’s Uni8 Windows Phone give Nokia a good scrap?
LG could be wading into Nokia’s territory soon, with an impending Windows Phone 8.1 device launch – but could the LG Uni8 really give Nokia a serious battle on unfamiliar turf? Although we’re already expecting to see LG’s G3 Android phone launched on May 27, it looks like LG might also raise a few eyebrows by unveiling a surprise Windows Phone handset.
Online giants to be hit as Google loses EU data case
US Internet giants could be hit by tight new rules on personal data, after Google lost a landmark case in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which ruled that EU citizens can demand any outdated data is removed from servers. The verdict is expected to throw up a host of technical challenges and extra costs for firms like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Salesforce.com connects Heroku and Force.com
Salesforce.com’s decision to acquire Heroku has looked an oddity for a while: why does a SaaS juggernaut with its own perfectly good Force.com development platform need a PaaS play like Heroku? The eternally-enthusiastic company has just spelled out why, and how, it thinks the two will work together. The scheme is simple: developers building apps for employees will do it on Force.com and developers building apps for punters to consume will do it on Heroku.
Microsoft reveals new Office features available only in the cloud
Microsoft showed off new Office features at TechEd 2014, but some of them will never be available to customers who don’t embrace the cloud version of the software suite, Office 365 and the company will take its time bringing others to market for Office Server users. During the keynote at the annual conference, attendees saw a demo of Office Graph, a feature that monitors users’ behaviours and makes it possible to intelligently sort available data so that the most relevant is presented.
Facebook revs up targeting of automotive brands for ‘always on’ marketing
Facebook is ramping up its attempts to woo automotive manufacturers by claiming it has made significant strides in helping car brands with both overall consideration and lead-generation. Speaking to Marketing, Facebook’s UK auto lead, Steve Adams, discussed a series of new case studies published by the social network involving brands such as Renault, Opel and Ford – and the drive to move to an “always-on” approach with automotive firms.
Global digital TV conversion almost complete by 2020
An increase of 185 per cent in digital TV homes from 2010–2020 to 1.68 billion will see a total global penetration of 97.9 per cent according to a report from Digital TV Research. If realised, says the Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, based on forecasts for 138 countries, this would mean an increase from a penetration rate of 67.7 per cent at the end of 2014 and will mean that 94 countries would be completely digital compared with only 12 at the end of 2013. About 124 countries will have more than 90 per cent digital penetration by 2020.
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ITV forecasts 13 per cent increase in advertising revenue during World Cup summer
ITV saw net advertising revenue grow by 2 per cent during its last quarter, the same amount as the broadcaster’s total external revenue, which reached £585m, although it has predicted an increase of advertising revenue by up to 13 per cent during the next quarter. The company has revealed that its broadcast and online revenues increased by 3 per cent to £480m, while online, pay and interactive revenue was up by 14 per cent.