Nokia and du claim Middle East’s first VoLTE
Nokia Networks and UAE-based telco du claim to have successfully connected the region’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network. The implementation of Nokia’s VoLTE solution and professional services on du’s network took just 80 days, which the Finnish vendor claims is the world’s fastest deployment of VoLTE.
India Skype ban to start in November
Fixed-line and mobile phone users will no longer be able to use Skype to make domestic calls in India from next month, the Internet telephony specialist announced this week. “As of 10 November 2014, if you are in India, calling from Skype to mobiles and landlines within India will unfortunately no longer be available,” Skype said in a statement.
AT&T data thief fired after accessing private customer accounts
AT&T has written to a select few subscribers warning that an employee gained access to restricted customer files earlier this year, potentially viewing private information. No possible motivation for the breach has been given. The network has subsequently fired the person in question, and offered those people affected a level of compensation. A copy of the letter has been published online in template form, by the Attorney General of Vermont, which confirms the data breach took place in August this year.
Adobe and Microsoft team up to make creative touch software
The Adobe Max conference is currently underway in Los Angeles. What we saw yesterday was an uncharacteristic cosying up between Adobe and Microsoft, as the respective CEOs Shantanu Narayen and Satya Nadella announced collaborative projects. The partnership will see key Adobe creative apps such as Photoshop and Illustrator “designed for use with touch, rather than having touch support grafted onto it,”
Hopeful hybrideer Reducio grabs more cash for disk+flash
A late-coming hybrid flash/disk array startup, Reduxio, has acquired $15m in additional funding to build a better box. Three hybrid array companies are going gang-busters. Post-IPO Nimble Storage and pre-IPO Tegile and Tintri are all growing at triple-digit rates, as they tear into the mainstream array suppliers’ customer bases.
European Commission open investigation into Amazon’s dealings with Luxembourg
EU authorities are taking a hard look at Amazon’s tax affairs in Luxembourg, according to Reuters. The European Commission reportedly believes that Luxembourg’s 2003 tax ruling might be instrumental in allowing Amazon’s local subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl to lower its taxable profit. The in-depth probe is only the latest in the European Commission’s attempts to investigate potential tax issues within its realm in relation to big corporations such as Apple, Starbucks, and Fiat.
YouTube makes its move into children’s TV as Netflix and Amazon lurk
YouTube has already emerged as an alternative to broadcast television for children, who are watching Minecraft tutorials, music videos and cartoons online in their tens of millions. Now YouTube appears ready to take a bigger role in funding and curating children’s shows on its service, recruiting a dedicated head of family entertainment and learning to work within its YouTube Originals division.
Natwest launches fairer banking campaign
The TV ad, created by M&C Saatchi and called “goodbye, hello”, features people bidding farewell in a number of situations, such as a couple waving goodbye to bad weather as they leave for somewhere hot. The ad ends with a man chucking away “new customer only” banking offers and then closes with the line, “Goodbye unfair banking. Hello NatWest.”
Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition closes with $22bn price tag
Social network Facebook’s acquisition of messaging app WhatsApp is a done deal, costing it $3bn more than originally planned. When first announced earlier this year, Facebook said that WhatsApp would cost it $16bn, plus up to $3bn in stock for the app’s founders. However, on Monday it was revealed via a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the deal is now worth $21.8bn in total, due to the higher value of Facebook stock.