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Review: A silent takeover of U.S Telecom industry by the Libyan Post?

Cyber security continues to proliferate at a time where new technologies are increasingly more pervasive and protecting data from potential breaches a new uphill battle.

Many U.S. cities wired for fast Internet, but can't use it

A new report from VICE says that while many U.S. cities have a fiber optic cable network that could provide much faster Internet, large Telecom companies are actively lobbying to make sure average citizens can't access them.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up police searches of cellphones

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court takes up two cases Tuesday about whether police need warrants to search detainees' mobile phones, which have become vast repositories of personal data.

Samsung looks to life beyond the smartphone

Seoul - After years of record profit growth, tech giant Samsung Electronics looks to be at a commercial crossroads as it searches for a new growth driver to counter slowing sales of its phenomenally successful smartphones.

Amazon 'to release smartphone later this year'

Washington - Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Samsung flagship smartphone goes on sale worldwide

Seoul - The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone series went on sale worldwide Friday, days after the electronics giant announced it was facing a second consecutive quarter of profit decline.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

Washington - US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion.

Taiwan's HTC posts $60 mn losses as sales hit 5-year low

Taipei - Taiwan's struggling smartphone maker HTC posted a net loss of Tw$1.88 billion ($62.3 million) in the first quarter, a figure far worse than the Tw$1.59 billion analysts forecast.Sales in the three months to March fell to a five-year low of Tw$33.

Vodafone says to create 1,400 jobs in Britain

London - Mobile phone giant Vodafone on Thursday announced plans to open 150 shops in Britain over the next year, creating 1,400 jobs in the process.The plan forms part of a £1.0 billion ($1.7 billion, 1.

EU reform to scrap mobile roaming fees

Brussels - The European Parliament on Thursday endorsed a sweeping package of EU telecommunications reforms, including a much-awaited measure to end roaming charges for cross-border mobile phone use.

Carlos Slim, TV rivals slam Mexico's telecom reform

Mexico - The telephone empire of billionaire Carlos Slim and Mexico's dominant broadcaster never see eye to eye, but they now have a common enemy: the government's telecommunications reform plan.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses, but sees upside

Montreal - BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses, but sees upside

Montreal - BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses

Montreal - The struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday reported a loss of $423 million in the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, with revenues plummeting.The company said revenues fell to $976 million in the fourth quarter -- down from $2.

PCs to lose more ground to tablets, survey shows

Washington - Sales of traditional computers will lose more ground in 2014 to tablets and other mobile devices, a market tracker said Thursday.A report by the research firm Gartner said the overall market for connected devices -- PCs, smartphones and tablets -- is l...

Samsung irked by early Galaxy S5 release in South Korea

Seoul - Samsung voiced annoyance Thursday after South Korean telecoms operators released its latest smartphone ahead of schedule in order to dodge sales restrictions imposed by regulators.

Nokia says handset sale to Microsoft delayed to April

Helsinki - Finnish telecom company Nokia on Monday said the sale of its handset business to US technology giant Microsoft would be delayed by a few weeks until April 2014.Nokia said that it continued to make progress with Microsoft in the closing conditions and t...

China Mobile net profit down 6%, first time in over a decade

Hong Kong - China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, said Thursday that 2013 net profit fell almost six percent, its first decline for more than a decade.Net profit was 121.7 billion yuan ($19.54 billion), down 5.9 percent compared to 2012...

Deutsche Telekom to cut 4,900 jobs from troubled IT unit

Frankfurt - German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom will cut 4,900 jobs over the next two years from its IT and consultancy unit T-Systems, the company said on Tuesday."We will cut 2,700 jobs this year and 2,200 jobs next year in Germany," a spokesman told AFP, conf...

French minister weighs in over telecom bidding war

Paris - France's industrial renewal minister Friday threw a spanner in cable operator Numericable's multi-billion-euro bid for telecoms group SFR, as he challenged the company and its billionaire chairman over their holdings in tax havens.Numericable through i...

AT&T wins clearance to buy Leap Wireless

Washington - US regulators conditionally cleared AT&T's $4 billion deal for Leap Wireless on Thursday which gives the telecom giant more spectrum and the Cricket prepaid phone franchise.The Federal Communications Commission said that it agreed to the takeover a...

Move over '123456': Passwords to go high-tech

Hanover - Internet users may soon have a secure solution to the modern plague of passwords, in which they can use visual patterns or even their own body parts to identify themselves.Developers at the world's biggest high-tech fair, CeBIT, say that one of the big...

Fine against telecom giant suspended by Ecuador court

Quito - An Ecuador court on Tuesday suspended a $138.5 million fine levied against the Claro telecom firm owned by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men.The fine had been issued by a regulatory authority in February which accused Claro, wh...

Battle for French telecom supremacy heats up

Paris - The battle to make off with Vivendi's SFR unit to create France's top telecoms company heated up Tuesday with a winner in the multi-billion-euro struggle likely to emerge within days.The result could upend the French mobile sector by reducing the numbe...

Robots, hands-free wizardry wow at high-tech fair

Hanover - A "toddler" robot that sees red, a digital master chef and a suitcase that never gets lost -- new technology at the world's biggest high-tech fair has the potential to change lives.The gadgetry ranged from time-saving to life-saving in the buzzing CeBI...

European IT firms seize opportunity from spy scandal

Hanover - European IT security firms have flocked to the world's biggest high-tech fair with hopes of benefiting from the fallout from shock revelations of mass US and British spying.Exactly a year ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel vaunted her new, ultra-secure Smar...

Britain, Germany to collaborate on 5G next mobile network

Hanover - Britain and Germany will team up to work on developing the next super-fast mobile network, 5G, Prime Minister David Cameron told the opening of the world's biggest high-tech fair Sunday.Cameron said the initiative was one of three areas he wanted Brita...

German IT market eyes 2014 growth but lags global pace

- The German IT and communications sector is set to return to growth in 2014 driven by smartphones and tablet computers but still trail a booming global market, an industry lobby said Sunday.On the eve of the world's biggest hi-tech fair, Germany's BITKO...

Groups seek privacy review of Facebook-WhatsApp tie-up

Washington - Two privacy activist groups asked US regulators Thursday to put on hold the Facebook acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp to ensure against misuse of user data.An administrative complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission calls on the agency...

Brazil looks to boost revenue, ease rules in 4G auction: source

Brazil is considering ways to push up the cost of wireless broadcast permits in exchange for accepting worse coverage, a government source told Reuters on Thursday, highlighting the tradeoffs that may b...
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