Brazil approves Virgin Mobile venture with Telefonica
Regulators cleared Virgin Mobile Brazil on Wednesday to market cell phone plans in the country using Telefonica Brazil SA’s mobile network, adding competition in a stagnant telecommunications market. The local unit of Virgin Mobile Latin America, run by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, struck a deal in January to lease capacity from Telefonica and plans to start operations early in 2015, Phil Wallace, co-founder and chairman of the Virgin unit, said in an interview on Wednesday.
EE mobile broadband users to get business-grade security
EE is to offer business-grade security across its mobile operating systems, in a bid to improve the levels of service provided to its corporate users. The broadband provider is to offer the MobileIron Cloud enterprise mobility management platform to provide simplified security and control of devices, such as tablets and smartphones. With the platform, businesses can configure and selectively manage mobile apps, content and devices, automatically enforce usage policies, and retire mobile devices when they are lost or when an employee leaves the company.
More Norfolk UK communities confirmed for BT superfast broadband
The £41m Better Broadband for Norfolk scheme in England, which aims to make BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) network available to 80 per cent of local homes and businesses by the end of 2015, has revealed the next batch of roll-out areas and confirmed that over 50,000 premises have already benefitted.
Controversial NHS care.data system should be opt in, say GPs
GPs have voted in favour of a system where patients must opt-in to NHS England’s controversial care.data information sharing scheme. According to leading doctors, patient records must only be extracted and added to the system with their “explicit and informed consent.” The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) has said that NHS England must abide by the findings of a pilot of around 100-150 practices that will look at patient awareness of the programme and data quality.
Microsoft buys French mobile app analytics firm Capptain
Microsoft has purchased a French mobile push notification and analytics company called Capptain in a move to enhance its mobile offerings to businesses. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Capptain offers real-time mobile app analytics and the ability to send push notifications to users based on this data in real time. This allows firms to monitor and more quickly react to customer problems and provide relevant offers and notifications rather than spamming users, according to Capptain.
China-US row over cyber spying boosts mainland tech stocks
The row over cyber spying between the US and China has helped the latter’s technology sector, which had been an unprofitable area for investors. Chinese technology shares have become the stock market’s biggest winners, with their benchmark index rallying 5.5 per cent since 19 May, when the US indicted five military officials from China for spying on American companies, according to Bloomberg. Denying the allegations, China accused the US government of being “deceitful” and employing double standards.
1,932 children investigated over online abuse in past three years, suggests new figures
Each day there are around 20 new cases of online abuse reported, with nearly 2,000 children and 20,000 adults having been investigated over the past three years for comments made on social media sites. New figures, obtained by Sky News under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that since 2011 an approximate 1,932 children had been investigated and 1,203 charged, formally cautioned, fined or warned over online abuse.
Guardian launches redesigned app
The Guardian has revamped its app to offer a cleaner design and more personalised experience for its users, and to integrate its user-generated content platform GuardianWitness for the first time. Building on the success of its existing apps – which have been downloaded by more than 1 million people – the new version is available across all Android and iOS phones and tablets running Android 4 and iOS 7.
Immediate makes £24m raid on ailing Future
Future, the publisher of Total Film, T3 and Gizmodo, is selling its craft and sport portfolios, almost a quarter of its entire business, to Immediate Media for £24 million, subject to shareholder approval. More than 10 of Future’s brands, including the websites Bike Radar and Cycling News and the craft brands Mollie Makes, Simply Crochet and Simply Knitting, will be sold to Immediate, which publishes titles including Radio Times as well as specialist titles.