Telefonica said to cut about 20 per cent of German jobs after E-Plus
Telefonica SA plans to eliminate about 20 per cent of its workforce in Germany following the completion of its $11 billion takeover of wireless carrier E-Plus this month, a person with knowledge of the matter said. While a final number hasn’t been decided, 20 per cent would be equivalent to more than 1,800 full-time positions, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The cuts will be made over the next four years, the person said.
Telecom Italia says news of network spin-off unfounded
Shortly after Telecom Italia’s chairman strongly rejected reports that the Italian government was planning to spin off its fixed-line network, the operator issued a statement confirming that the speculation was “wholly without foundation both in terms of the company’s industrial plans, and from a legislative point of view.” According to the report in Italian daily La Repubblica, the government was studying a plan to use its ‘golden power’ veto to force a network separation and sell a 40 percent stake in the resulting company to state-backed holding entity Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP).
EE set to launch commercial LTE-A by end of month
Following Vodafone’s carrier aggregation announcement , an EE spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com it is also switching on its LTE-A (Cat 6) offering, which should be available in central London by the end of this month. EE’s LTE-A service will be based on carrier aggregation consisting of 2×10 MHz in the 1800 MHz band and 2×10 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band. The service is already live in London’s Tech City, where it has been run as a pilot scheme since late last year. The 2×5 MHz of precious, long-range 800 MHz EE won the 4G auction reserved for rural use and will also host EE’s VoLTE trials, which it still hopes to commence before the end of this year.
Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data
Anonymous sharing app Whisper has come under a cloud after a newspaper report charged it with tracking the location of its users, including those who have asked not to be followed. Whisper, which is described as a platform to anonymously share “innermost thoughts, secrets, and feelings,” is one of many privacy focused applications that became attractive after revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, that the agency was secretly tracking people online both in the U.S. and abroad.
Disappointing results sink Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai
Shares in software outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services dropped as much as 8 per cent on Friday morning, following unexpectedly weak quarterly results from India’s largest IT group by revenue. On Thursday, TCS reported net profits of Rs53bn ($855m) in the quarter ending in September, up 14 per cent year-on-year but below the Rs54.7bn forecast by Thomson Reuters.
Facebook doubles bug bounty for advertising code flaws
Facebook has revealed that researchers who uncover problems in its advertising code will receive double bug bounties, at least until the end of the year. The decision to double the bug bounties for advertising code flaws indicates the importance of advertising to Facebook’s bottom line. The decision was revealed in a blog posting by Collin Greene, a security engineer at Facebook. “Starting today and extending through the end of 2014, all Whitehat bugs in our ads code will receive double bounties,” Greene wrote.
Twitter’s Music Card now plays in its mobile apps
Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favourite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via the official Twitter apps for iOS and Android — and it can be ‘docked’, meaning that your tracks continue to play while you use the mobile apps, or peruse your timeline on the desktop web.
Amazon expands grocery delivery service to Brooklyn
Amazon.com Inc is expanding its online grocery delivery programme to Brooklyn’s well-heeled Park Slope neighbourhood on Friday, giving the No. 1 U.S. online retailer a foothold in one of the wealthiest and densest markets in the United States. The AmazonFresh programme, which offers same-day or next-day delivery on more than 500,000 items including fresh and frozen groceries, will soon expand to other areas in Brooklyn.
Dramatic increase in multitasking during TV viewing
Advanced television entertainment market specialist TiVo has revealed results from its Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey which indicate a dramatic increase in multitasking during TV viewing: over half of the 856 survey respondents reported multitasking every time or almost every time they watch TV (51 per cent); compared to just over one third (36 per cent) in last year’s survey.