Telefonica opens network to get EU nod for E-Plus deal
Telefonica Deutschland said it had agreed a deal with small rival Drillisch as part of its efforts to obtain regulatory clearance for its 8.6 billion euro ($117 billion) takeover of KPN’s German business, E-Plus. The German unit of Spain’s Telefonica said on Wednesday it would grant Drillisch access to a fifth of the combined network of Telefonica and E-Plus.
Agilent to support China Mobile’s 5G endeavours
Test and measurement firm Agilent Technologies has announced an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI) on the development of 5G wireless. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing, under which Agilent will actively support the research and development programs on 5G, led by CMRI, and provide test and measurement solutions for next-generation 5G wireless communication systems.
Europe slashes data roaming rates
Data roaming costs within the EU are set to drop dramatically from 1 July as rules governing what operators can charge customers kick in. The price of using one megabyte of data will decrease from 45 cents to 20 cents, making it cheaper to use maps, watch videos, check mails and update social networks while travelling across the EU, the European Commission said.
European software companies continue to outgrow the market
European software vendors have generally enjoyed a relatively good year and have responded well to recessionary pressures. In 2013, the last full year for which accounts are available, revenues for the top 500 European ISVs increased by 13.04 per cent to $137.8 billion.
Banks to open customer data for current account comparison
Bank customers will soon be able to download their current account data and compare against other providers using online tools, following a public and private sector agreement. Six major banks – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Nationwide – will allow access to a year’s worth of account data in a single file, delivered in an industry standard format.
US may extent some privacy rights to Europeans
The U.S. government has said it may extent certain privacy rights to European citizens that only U.S. citizens currently enjoy. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday that the U.S. intended to “take legislative action in order to provide for judicial redress for Europeans who do not live in the U.S.,” according to a welcoming statement by EU justice chief Viviane Reding. As Reding said, this could remove a major blocker in data protection negotiations between the U.S. and the European Union.
Facebook’s Oculus eyes consumer virtual reality device with acquisition
Oculus, the virtual reality Technology company owned by Facebook, has bought the product design firm best known for creating the Xbox 360 controller as it aims to take its VR device into the mainstream.
Netflix starts making movies: The Batters Bastards of Baseball trailer
Netflix has already reshaped the TV landscape thanks to House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, and now the on-demand giant is taking its first steps into feature films. The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a documentary from Chapman Way and Maclain Way, tells the incredible true story of actor Bing Russell’s (father of Kurt Russell) Minor League Baseball team the Portland Mavericks.
World Cup boosts Tinder use in Brazil by 50pc
Tinder has experienced a 50 per cent increase in downloads and use in Brazil fuelled by amorous tourists as the country hosts the World Cup. The dating app, which was launched 18 months ago, has more than 10 million users across the world. Behind the US and UK, Brazil is Tinder’s third-largest user base.
The Daily Telegraph