Telecom Italia lays out TIM Brasil plan, names new chair
Telecom Italia has put a procedure in place that will govern the sale of its TIM Brasil unit, should any sale take place, and has named Aldo Minucci as its new chairman. The announcement came as the Italian incumbent revealed revenue for the full-year 2013 will be “slightly lower” than it had previously predicted, due to a competitive market and regulatory changes. It also cancelled a €3 billion hybrid bond issue. The telco’s presence in Brazil has been the subject of speculation since Spain’s Telefonica, also the owner of a Brazilian mobile operator, first took a stake in Telecom Italia’s parent company Telco in October 2007.
Sky TV and Telecom NZ end deal
Sky TV has announced an end to its deal with Telecom – where its services are re-sold to Telecom customers. Sky Network Television, New Zealand’s dominant pay television operator, will no longer resell its service through Telecom New Zealand, the nation’s largest operator. The migration of customers back to Sky will be completed by the end of May 2014, reports The New Zealand Herald.
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Ericsson acquires TV solutions provider Azuki Systems
Swedish vendor Ericsson has acquired US-based upstart Azuki Systems, a television streaming delivery platform provider. The vendor said that the acquisition strengthens its television and media portfolio and complements Microsoft’s TV unit Mediaroom, which it purchased in April last year. Ericsson said that Azuki’s TV Anywhere solution brings high quality user experience to over-the-top video as well as personalisation, content protection, scalability and reliability. The vendor said Azuki’s technology also enables monetisation options beyond portals and authentication services. In its customer base is cable operators, IPTV providers, mobile network operators and content owners.
Microsoft fixes critical Windows flaws on Patch Tuesday
Microsoft will issue five updates in next week’s Patch Tuesday, two of which are rated critical. The first affects Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 – including RT versions – and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The second patch targets Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. The flaws could give a hacker remote code execution capabilities.
EE rolls out Brightbox fix but it won’t stop packet sniffers, DNS meddlers
EE is rolling out an update to its BrightBox routers to fix a series of vulnerabilities which allowed hackers to access the devices by a simple copy and paste operation. Scott Helme, the security researcher who first discovered the flaws, told El Reg the latest update resolves two of the three most serious problems he found. BrightBox routers are supplied by EE to its broadband and fibre customers. But Helme discovered vulnerabilities that exposed WPA encryption keys, passwords and users’ ISP credentials.
Google enters video conferencing market with Chromebox for meetings kit
Google has unveiled a video conferencing suite of tools for businesses, including hardware built by Asus, called Chromebox for meetings, as it continues to push its offerings in the enterprise market. The launch sees Google entering the video conferencing space by bringing numerous enterprise features to its Hangouts tool, and offering the necessary hardware for firms to host video meetings for up to 15 people.
California is expected to enforce adoption of a smartphone killswitch
We have heard about various politicians pushing anti-theft solutions for smartphones before. However a new legal move by the state of California could really push adoption of smartphone and tablet ‘kill switches’. New legislation is expected to be successfully introduced in the state at a hearing on Friday that will require a mechanism where stolen phones and tabs are to be able to be rendered useless. “With robberies of smartphones reaching an all-time high, California cannot continue to stand by when a solution to the problem is readily available,” Democrat State Senator Mark Leno of California, said in a statement.
eBay founder to launch Snowden-themed magazine
Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, has announced his intention to start publishing a new Snowden-themed online magazine from next week. The launch edition is said to focus on classified government documents stolen by Snowden and will be edited by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, two journalists with close links to the fugitive whistle blower.
Spotify Premium membership offer for Times subscribers
Subscribers to the Times and Sunday Times will be offered a free year’s membership to Spotify Premium as part of the latest deal struck by News UK to enhance its paywall offering. Under the exclusive deal, which Spotify said is the first it has done of this nature with any media owner, the newspaper publisher is offering a free year’s membership to Spotify Premium, the music service’s £9.99 a month service, as part of the package available to subscribers to its two quality titles.