Commentators confirm game’s up for SMS following Facebook-WhatsApp deal
Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp can only mean bad news for operators, according to industry watchers. The €11.7 billion deal will see WhatsApp integrated into Facebook’s wider stable of apps and services providing it with a fresh base of 450 million, typically young messaging users, including many in emerging markets.
Strong Vodafone puts FTSE in grasp of all-time high
Britain’s top shares advanced on Friday, led up by strong gains from index heavyweight Vodafone, as analysts bet the FTSE 100 could hit a new record high in the near term. Vodafone rose 2.8 per cent to 235.95 pence, with BofA Merrill Lynch and UBS highlighting the potential for the British firm to become a bid target after it completes the sale of its stake in U.S. mobile phone company Verizon Wireless.
Virgin Media adds another 10 stations to London Underground WiFi network
Virgin Media has rolled out WiFi to another 10 stations on the London Underground network as connectivity in the capital continues to improve. The new stations are West Hampstead, Finchley Central, Leytonstone, Wanstead, White City, Leyton, Newbury Park, Plaistow, Finchley Road and Upton Park. It brings the total number of stations with the service to 131 and means customers with O2, Vodafone and EE can all get online for free when travelling underground in the capital.
eBay snaps up PhiSix, a virtual fitting room startup
Good news, tech-savvy fashionistas. Shopping for clothes on eBay could soon become a more lifelike experience. The auction site this week announced it has acquired PhiSix Fashion Labs, a computer graphics company that has developed technology that lets you virtually try on clothes to see how they’ll fit, look, and move in real life. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity looking for CRM software solution
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC) is looking for a supplier to provide customer relationship management (CRM) software, a public tender has revealed. The Official Journal of the European Union notice states that the charity is looking for CRM software vendor(s) and implementation partner(s) to supply and implement an appropriate CRM system, hosting and maintenance solution.
UK leads global IT multi-sourced outsourcing
UK organisations have topped the list of the global multi-sourced IT outsourcers, with only six per cent of local outsourcing contracts were exclusively single source, a new report noted. According to the research of Global 2000 companies from Information Services Group (ISG), the UK adopted the practise of multi-sourced outsourcing at nearly four times the rate of US organisations.
Amazon takes on Netflix with rebrand of LoveFilm video-on-demand service
Amazon is hitting back at Netflix in the UK by rebranding its LoveFilm video-on-demand service. LoveFilm, bought out by Amazon three years ago in a deal worth nearly £200m, will be folded into the online retailer’s British website next week, creating a one-stop service for digital streaming, DVD rental and books. “Consumers will be able to shop for what they want, read what they want and watch they want anywhere at any time,” said Tim Leslie, vice-president of Amazon Instant Video for the UK and Germany.
Quarter of UK will use Twitter by 2018
UK Twitterers are expected to skyrocket from just three in ten social network users in 2012, to 47.1 per cent in 2018, reports eMarketer. This will be just over a quarter of the entire population and 31.9 per cent of all UK Internet users. Younger generations aged up to eleven are still growing at a steady rate – Whereas those aged between 12 and 44 has slowed significantly.
Next-gen smartphone uptake drives mobile video usage
A global study by BBC World News and BBC.com/news has revealed the impact of mobile advertising on affluent consumers, with improved technology enabling greater engagement with content. The study surveyed 6,000 smartphone owners in Australia, Germany, Sweden, India, Hong Kong and the US, comparing the habits of the highest 20 per cent income earners in each country to those of the general population.
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