EE brings 4G speeds to France and Spain for small business customers
EE’s small business customers will be able to take advantage of faster mobile data speeds on their travels, as the operator has announced 4G partner deals in France and Spain. The 4G speeds are so far only available for consumer and small business customers in the above two European countries.
ONO investors reject second Vodafone bid
ONO shunned Vodafone’s improved takeover bid yesterday as the Spanish cable operator continues to race forward with plans for an initial public offering. Ono’s shareholders – including investment funds Providence Equity Partners, Thomas H Lee Partners and Quadrangle Capital – voted to proceed with IPO plans over coming weeks, despite Vodafone’s offer which was said to come in above £5.8bn.
Mobile phone moans ‘are in the thousands’
Mobile phone giants have been accused of “hanging customers out to dry” by Citizens Advice, which called on phone firms to take action to curb surprise hefty bills. A raft of complaints over shock bills, frequent mistakes over tariffs and phantom charges led the advisory service to hit out at the mobile industry ahead of World Consumer Rights Day tomorrow.
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PayPal’s new policies are more crowdfunding friendly
Last year, PayPal promised to overhaul its policies after getting flak for freezing huge amounts of crowdfunding funds and today it’s announced those changes. By the looks of it, PayPal has been working closely with crowdfunding websites to verify each campaign that wants to use its services. If it determines that a campaign is a true crowdfunding project (as opposed to a pre-order vehicle) with no guarantees of a final product, PayPal requires it to plaster a disclaimer on its campaign page.
GreenDataNet project aims to run urban data centres on 80 per cent renewable energy
A consortium of enterprises, academics, software engineers and public sector bodies has come together in a project called GreenDataNet to tackle the energy and emissions problems associated with urban data centre growth.
Swedish payments provider Klarna raises €90 million for acquisition of SOFORT
Things have been happening lately over at Stockholm-based safe payments provider Klarna. The company has just announced it raised €90 million from existing investors, including Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, and Atomico in order to buy SOFORT, the direct banking company.
Facebook TV: Video ads now interrupting your news feed
Facebook will gradually introduce 15-second video ads that auto play in News Feed to its 1.23 billion members following a three-month test of the product, the company said Thursday. The new ads, called “Premium Video Ads,” are modelled after television spots and are meant to give advertisers with deep pockets – ads reportedly cost anywhere from $1 million to $2.5 million per day – access to the broadest swath of Facebook users at specific intervals during the day.
United Airlines could soon unveil in-flight iOS video streaming
Apple device owners may want to start booking more United Airlines flights starting next month. According to a report, the airline is launching a new in-flight video-streaming service for iPhone and iPad users. According to Patently Apple, the company will offer more than 150 movies and 200 TV shows for free.
CueSongs to create music listening solution for online broadcasters
Music licensing hub CueSongs is to build a ‘first of its kind’ music licensing solution for online broadcasters. Launching on April 1, the project, titled Frictionless Music Licensing for Online Broadcast, will enable rights-holders to set license usage, pricing and revenue shares for content in real-time.