AT&T to extend fibre rollout
US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps. AT&T now wants to extend the service to municipalities across 21 metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and San Diego. The operator said it selected the municipalities based on the expected investment required and the anticipated demand in those areas.
Telefonica says America Mobil disobeying watchdog orders
Telefonica SA (TEF) called on Mexican regulators to crack down on America Movil (AMXL) SAB, saying the company isn’t obeying regulations on sharing its network or selling unlocked mobile phones. America Movil’s landline units refused to provide information about their network infrastructure, Telefonica said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Instead, the units responded to Telefonica’s request with a letter that said they disagree with the rules set by the Federal Telecommunications Institute.
Vodafone sued by Greek distributor
Vodafone’s Greek unit has been sued by Mobile Trade Stores for €1.37 billion ($1.89 billion) for damages the company said it suffered when Vodafone cancelled franchise agreements, reports Bloomberg. Papistas Holding, MTS’s parent company founded by Athanasios Papistas and Loukia Florou, is suing for moral damages and harm caused by the lost business, the company said in an emailed statement.
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Nine basic cyber-attacks cause 92 per cent of security incidents, Verizon finds
More than 90 per cent of security incidents at companies can be traced to just nine types of basic threats, as firms have continued to fall for the same type of scams and attacks for a decade. Verizon said, having analysed 10 years’ worth of data covering 100,000 security incidents, 92 per cent could be traced back to nine attack vectors. The findings were published in the firm’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The nine threats include malware attacks, device loss or theft, distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, payment card skimming and web app attacks.
Open source Apache Openoffice surpasses 100 million downloads
Apache Openoffice has reached the 100 million downloads milestone. The alternative office suite launched two years ago after a fork of the project emerged, known as Libreoffice, resulting in many of the original developers leaving the then owner of Openoffice, Oracle. Speaking about the 100 million downloads milestone, Andrea Pescetti, VP of Apache Openoffice, said in a blog post, “This is a testament to our community volunteers: the hundreds of talented individuals who make Apache OpenOffice what it is, who write the code, test for bugs, translate the user interface, write documentation, answer user questions, and manage our servers.”
IBM, HP, Atos chasing Lufthansa IT infrastructure business
IBM, HP and French IT services firm Atos are all reportedly taking an interest in acquiring airline company Lufthansa’s IT infrastructure business, which has been up for sale since earlier this month. A report in German newspaper Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung quotes Lufthansa CFO Simone Menne as saying the company is “in talks with several sector heavyweights” about “a takeover of the IT infrastructure”, and that Lufthansa planned to secure “most” of the division’s jobs following a sale.
Nokia to rebrand as Microsoft Mobile
An internal Nokia memo has been leaked to the media suggesting that the fallen Finnish mobile phone giant could be about to be rebranded as Microsoft Mobile after being subsumed by its new owners. An excerpt published by Mashable states: “Please note that upon the close of the transaction between Microsoft and Nokia, the name of Nokia Corporation/Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Microsoft Mobile Oy is the legal entity name that should be used for VAT IDs and for the issuance of invoices.”
Apple boss Tim Cook provided voiceover on ad touting firms renewed green commitment
Apple has pledged to work harder than ever to “leave the world better than the way we found it” in an ad trumpeting its green credentials and narrated by Apple boss Tim Cook. The “better” ad is almost two minutes long and was shot on location at Apple Facilities. The campaign touts Apple’s green credentials, including its new data centre that is powered by the sun and wind, and a manufacturing facility that runs on 100 per cent clean energy.
Joss Whedon’s new film goes straight In Your Eyes with Vimeo rush-release
The Avengers director Joss Whedon has rush-released his latest production, In Your Eyes, by making it available for digital download only minutes after its world premiere at the Tribeca film festival. Whedon, who wrote and produced In Your Eyes, released the film through his company, Bellwether Pictures, on the Vimeo On Demand service. It is available worldwide at a cost of $5 (£3) for a 72-hour rental period. Whedon announced the release strategy in a short video that played after the premiere screening had finished.