Deutsche Telekom acquires remainder of T-Mobile Czech Republic
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has acquired the 39.23 per cent stake in its Czech subsidiary that it did not already own for €800m. The group said it was a “natural step” to acquire the remaining stake in T-Mobile Czech Republic from a consortium of investors led by private equity group Mid Europa Partners, as it looks to position itself as a Pan-European operator. “The Czech Republic is an important market for Deutsche Telekom due to its size and structure,” said Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and Technology at Deutsche Telekom.
Vodafone backs Ubuntu – but no sign of smartphone yet
Vodafone has backed Ubuntu, joining an advisory group run by development backer Canonical to bringing the open-source OS to handsets. Canonical’s carrier advisory group allows operators to have a say in Ubuntu’s development on mobile. Three, EE and T-Mobile have already signed up to the group, which consists of 16 operators in total. The group will close to new entrants in July – but the first major Ubuntu Touch phone isn’t expected to appear until next year.
North Lincolnshire UK begins BDUK and BT superfast broadband rollout
The state aid supported £9.6m Northernlincs Broadband project has named the first communities to benefit from the roll-out of BT’s “high-speed fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network, which aims to cover 92 per cent of North and North East Lincolnshire in East England by spring 2015. Phase One of the deployment, which has now begun, is expected to be completed by September 2014 and will benefit from last year’s additional funding boost of £1.2 million (here). As usual BT will predominantly focus upon rolling out their up to 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technology.
Barclays customer data pinched by blaggers
UK high street bank Barclays is facing a reported data blag that took customer data and put it into the hands of bounders. According to a report at the Mail on Sunday, a report that the bank has confirmed to The INQUIRER as accurate, Barclays is already talking to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about this and is glad to have been alerted to the attack. “We are grateful to the Mail on Sunday for bringing this to our attention and we contacted the Information Commission and other regulators on Friday as soon as we were made aware,” it said in a statement.
Microsoft offers resources for switching off XP
Two months before Windows XP’s “End of Support” date arrives, MIcrosoft is providing guidance to small and midsize businesses (SMBs) as well as consumers on some of the steps that they can take to avoid the risks of running unsupported software. Efforts include an SMB checklist written by Jay Paulus, director of Windows Small Business Marketing for Microsoft. He cautioned that “businesses still running the old operating system face increased security risks, increased costs and lack of technical support”. Among the biggest challenges facing SMBs are limited IT resources and personnel, argued Paulus. “For many small and medium-sized businesses with little to no IT budget, the process may fall on one employee or the owner themselves and upgrading 5, 25 or 250 computers can seem daunting.”
UK firms move to cloud in response to ‘bloated’ on-premise systems
UK firms are turning to the cloud as three-quarters of IT directors say their on-premise applications are becoming too “bloated”. However, although cost reduction remains the biggest driver for cloud migrations, many public cloud services are not meeting businesses’ exact needs, according to research. IT services firm Damovo commissioned research among 100 UK IT directors and found that 72 per cent think their on-premise applications are becoming too bloated.
Facebook allows users to edit their Look Back videos
By now, most Facebook users have taken a stroll down memory lane via their “Look Back” video —a highlights reel from each person’s time on the social network. But if Facebook’s predetermined first moments, most liked posts, and shared photos don’t quite suit your memories, you can now edit the video to your liking. When these makeshift home movies launched this week, in celebration of the site’s 10th birthday, the “Look Back” support page said users could alter their videos via the “Edit Your Movie” button under the player. But that option was not live, until today.
Airbnb aims to sort #SochiProblems through Twitter
Sochi problems have plagued the headlines over the weekend, with the rings faux-pas which saw only four of the five Olympic Rings light up during the opening ceremony leading to a lot of jokes. However, journalists have also faced other problems, and have taken to Twitter to complain. Lack of rooms and hot water have led to complains from news corporations such as ABC and National Post. However, Airbnb has taken to the social media platform to offer its services.
EE launches tailored ticketing service for UK concerts, comedy and more
UK mobile operator EE has launched EE Tickets, a new portal where customers can sign up to receive recommendations on which gigs and other events to attend. The site, which was announced today, will suggest events and gigs across music, theatre, comedy, sport and family-friendly attractions and is being offered thanks to a partnership with Last Second Tickets. By inputting a little information, it’ll make its suggestions based on where you like to go out and what kind of events you attend generally. You can also set how often you get updates.
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