EU OKs 3 Ireland’s O2 takeover
Irish mobile operator agrees to provide capacity to MVNOs, sell spectrum and maintain network-sharing deal to allay competition concerns. The European Commission on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to 3 Ireland’s proposed takeover of local rival O2 on the proviso that 3 undertakes certain measures to protect competition in the market.
Virgin Media customers suffer UK email outage during Google migration
Customers of cable broadband operator Virgin Media have been left without the ability to directly send or receive email (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird etc.) since yesterday afternoon after an unspecified fault caused their servers to fail at just after three pm.
DoCoMo eyes 2016 for commercial NFV deployment
Japanese operator trials virtualised evolved packet core with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, NEC.
NTT DoCoMo on Tuesday announced that it plans to offer commercial services using virtualised network functions during fiscal 2016. The Japanese mobile operator said it has successfully completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials of a virtualised evolved packet core (EPC) – an important step in network functions virtualisation (NFV) – in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and NEC.
Google to build its own self-drive cars
Google has revealed that it will build its own self-drive cars. In a blog post, Chris Urmson, director of the Self-Driving Car Project, says the company is planning to build around 100 prototypes with manual controls that will go into testing later this summer. If all goes well, Google then plans to run a small pilot program in California in the next couple of years before moving to full production.
1 in 5 UK workers believe hackers do a worthwhile job
A third of UK professionals are likely to consider risky behaviours that endanger or undermine data protection, a survey has found. The research, commissioned by Courion and conducted by OnePoll, was based on surveying 1000 UK employees who have access to customer data at work. The results suggest a lack of awareness of basic data protection policies and worrying behaviours such as snooping on sensitive personal information and sharing work login details with colleagues.
Registry hack enables Windows XP security updates until 2019
Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP on 8 April after over 12 years, forcing the hand of a large number of users to switch to a later version of Windows or another OS altogether. However, a sizable portion of XP users are still gambling with their safety but now a registry hack has been discovered which will allow the OS to continue receiving updates.
Spotify becomes the latest victim of hackers
Music streaming site Spotify is the latest in a string of technology companies to be targeted by hackers. Spotify said that no financial, password or payment information had been breached but that as a precautionary measure it is asking a portion of its users to re-enter their username and password to log in over the next few days.
Billboard launches new singles charts to track Twitter popularity
Billboard have launched two new singles charts, which track a songs’ “up to the minute” popularity on Twitter. Like last year’s move to count YouTube views toward American chart rankings, Billboard’s forward new decision could reinvent the music industry’s definition of a “hit”.
Facebook cracks down on third-party app spam in News Feed
Social network Facebook is looking to reduce the amount of spam cluttering up your timeline, having announced plans to crack down on apps that post without user permission. Facebook said on Wednesday that in a move to curb spam, it will ensure that that third-party apps will post fewer stories on users’ behalf’s, instead promising to prioritise content that its users choose to share. This means that apps such as Instagram and Spotify will no longer tell the world that you’ve liked an image, nor that you’re listening to One Direction.