Telecom leaders protest EU network traffic regulations
Vodafone and Telefonica have used a technology conference in Spain to call for the EU to focus less on new rules for phone companies and more on Facebook and Google to reduce their dominance. The carriers are battling so-called network neutrality proposals, championed by internet companies, that they say will hurt business and discourage new products such as driverless cars. The proposals are meant to prevent carriers from blocking access to some websites or slowing web traffic.
Phones 4u loses key Vodafone contract in 2015
High street mobile retailer Phones 4u saw the value of its debt, listed on the Irish stock exchange, plummet over 50 percentage points yesterday after Vodafone announced it would not renew its contract with the group. Vodafone, which accounted for 27 per cent of Phones 4u’s contract sales and 16 per cent of its pay as you go sales during the year to 31 July to a total of £212m in sales, said it would stop selling through Phones 4u when its contract expires in February 2015.
Telecom Italia postpones sale of Telecom Argentina stake to September 25
Telecom Italia, Italy’s biggest telecoms group, said on Tuesday it was extending to September 25 the deadline for completing the sale of its stake in Telecom Argentina to investment fund Fintech. In November, Telecom Italia agreed to sell its entire stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech for $960 million (578.84 million pounds). The deal, whose terms remain unchanged, is still awaiting regulatory approval.
Raspberry Pi gets improved browser based on WebKit with HTML 5 support
The low-cost Raspberry Pi computer has been given a boost with the addition of its own browser tool, designed to be more capable than the basic browsers included with the standard operating system build for the device.
Royal Mail delivers parcels API to ease tracking systems integration for e-retailers
Royal Mail has launched a new parcel shipping and tracking platform to enable e-retailers to improve integration between their IT systems and Royal Mail’s software. The new Shipping and Tracking application programming interface (API) is available to all Royal Mail business account customers.
G-Cloud still a mystery to many UK public sector employees
Exactly two thirds of UK civil servants have no knowledge whatsoever of the UK Government G-Cloud procurement programme with the obvious advantages of the service still failing to reach public sector workers. A survey by the managed data service provider Six Degrees Group [6DG] found that 66 per cent of UK civil service workers have no background knowledge on the programme even though it has now been in place for well over two years.
Manchester United lead Twitter’s most tweeted #deadlineday Premier League signings
Twitter has revealed the names of the top five signings to be tweeted on the micro blogging service as the transfer window closes, with Radamel Falcao’s £20m loan move to Manchester United topping the bill.
BBC revisits the Computer Literacy Project
The BBC has re-entered the realm of computing education, some 30 years after its last major initiative, with the provision of programming content designed for children as young as five.
YouTube’s new fan funding feature lets you donate to your favourite channel owners
YouTube is strongly rumuored to be launching a subscription-based music service soon, but the Google-owned video site has quietly introduced a new (and far lower-key) payment service that lets viewers send donations to YouTube channel owners.
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