The BBC is the latest broadcaster to sign a partnership deal with Twitter that will allow the British media entity to embed video clips — complete with pre-roll ads — in its Twitter stream. Read more »
The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to suspend a deal with the U.S. that allowed the sharing of financial data, in order to track terrorist funding. However, that call appears to have been rebuffed. Read more »
Carriers subsidize handsets when they’re sure that their customers are locked into their contracts. Remove that certainty, and it becomes much less risky to break out the true cost of the handset and have the customer pay it off separately. Read more »
Adoption by Google, Wikipedia and some of the top Linux distros is all good and fine, but SkySQL really wants to see the MariaDB database get picked up in the enterprise. $20 million should help that happen. Read more »
Cooladata has raised a $7.4 million series A round from Greylock IL and Carmel Ventures. The company has developed an interesting behavioral analytics service that’s powered by Google’s various cloud services. Read more »
The FlexyCore team, which has apparently already been integrated into the Android team, is notable for making Android run more smoothly. The deal was reportedly worth $23 million. Read more »
The Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT tablet that’s designed to be as usable as possible in bright sunlight, and comes with the option of a keyboard/battery pack cover. The Lumia 1520 features a 6-inch screen and a 20MP PureView camera. Read more »
Google’s new real-time map showing DDoS attacks across the world is both awesome and scary — especially if you’re running a website in the United States. Read more »
The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee has endorsed all of Green MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht’s suggestions for tougher privacy legislation, reversing much of the lobbying work done by technology firms and the U.S. government before the NSA scandal broke. Read more »
A Snowden-derived article in Le Monde on Monday claimed that the NSA has been recording millions of voice calls in France and scanning them for keywords. Businesspeople and politicians appear to have been targeted. Read more »
The German enterprise software company’s latest results show a drop in traditional licensing income, but a healthy uptick in cloud revenue that would be even stronger if it weren’t for pesky currency issues. Read more »
The BBC is ending a trial to expand its streaming app iPlayer globally, saying that there’s just too much competition from services like Netflix and Amazon. Instead, the BBC wants international users to watch video at BBC.com. Read more »
Blippex has always maintained that its browser plugin, which monitors surfing to establish search ranking, doesn’t record IP addresses. But to set skeptical users’ minds at rest, it harnessed WebRTC technology as a way of setting up a P2P anonymization chain. Read more »
Terms of the deal have not been revealed, but it will help the British moneylender in its quest to become a heavyweight international digital finance group. Read more »
Edward Snowden has given a rare interview to The New York Times, saying he never retained a copy of his leaked NSA material after passing it on to journalists in Hong Kong. This is crucial, as some have claimed the Chinese and/or Russians must have access to this material, as they have had access to Snowden.
Similarly, the UK government claimed journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda had been detained in transit with not only encrypted material but the password, written on a piece of paper. Greenwald has said this was a lie.
Finally, a statement acknowledging the uncertainty that many of Samsung’s globe-trotting customers are facing. Read more »
It would be no good for competition if Samsung were allowed to stick to its standards-essential patent commitments for five years, only to go back to its rule-breaking ways afterwards. Read more »
Ubuntu “Saucy Salamander” 13.10 may be the first properly mobile-friendly version of the distro, but there are usability issues, an app shortage and — as yet — no ability to make it run like desktop Ubuntu when hooked up to an HDMI monitor. Read more »
One of Russia’s top web companies, Mail.ru, said it has been fined around $15,000 for not handing over customer data to the country’s financial regulator. The regulator wanted to know who certain Mail.ru customers had been contacting during a set time period, but the web provider pointed to the Russian constitution, which protects private correspondence. Mail.ru said it will contest the fine in court.
A parliamentary inquiry into the laws governing British intelligence services is to add privacy implications to its remit, take submissions from the public and perhaps even hold some of its sessions in public. Read more »
Ireland responded to critics of its tax policy with a symbolic gesture. The move will do little to quell debate over the country’s role as a tax haven, and the proper policy for taxing tech companies. Read more »
The chairman of the GSM Association (GSMA), the body that represents the mobile operator industry, has resigned. Franco Bernabè had been GSMA chairman since January 2011, and the body’s erstwhile deputy chairman, Telenor Group CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas, has stepped up to be acting chairman ahead of an election next month. Bernabè’s departure was to be expected — he resigned as Telecom Italia chief at the end of September, after a strategy dispute with shareholders.
Instead of flashing notifications across your vision, the glasses flash a small light to indicate different types of messages have arrived. Read more »
The company has now facilitated over $400 million in international money transfers. And with new features such as a mobile app, payments to email addresses and an embeddable payment button, TransferWise is resembling a certain fintech giant ever more closely. Read more »
The European Space Agency (ESA) is to start using 3D printing methods to create metal parts for rockets, jets and potentially even nuclear fusion reactors. According to the ESA, the parts will be able to withstand heat of up to 3,000° Celsius (5,432° Fahrenheit) and will cut down on materials waste. “Our ultimate aim is to print a satellite in a single piece,” said ESA new materials and energy research chief David Jarvis.
The Japanese firms have acquired a 51 percent stake in Supercell, which pulls in millions each day through in-game purchases. Supercell now wants to become the “first truly global games company.” Read more »
The tech firm will next year have a retail chief for the first time since October 2012, when the less-than-successful John Browett was booted out. Read more »
In an echo of Brazil’s push for greater online autonomy, Deutsche Telekom has proposed keeping German internet traffic within German borders, wherever possible. That’s not going to protect much, though. Read more »
As BuzzFeed expands internationally, it’s not relying solely on local-language editors or traditional translation. Instead, it’s outsourcing translation work to language learning startup Duolingo. Read more »
The Israeli firm helps users cut down on their mobile data consumption without using fewer services — a feature that will be critical in Facebook’s mission of connecting more people in the developing world. Read more »
The British telecoms giant has paid $7.7 billion for 76.57 percent of Kabel Deutschland’s share capital, making it a much stronger rival to Deutsche Telekom. Read more »
Book publishers worldwide are grappling with the digital transition, figuring out ebook pricing and competing against a massive number of other forms of entertainment. Here’s how these themes played out at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week. Read more »
Indie label consortium Merlin is currently negotiating with Beats Music and others about licensing its repertoire to their services – but Merlin’s CEO warned that it may not be able to reach an agreement. Read more »
With its international headquarters in Luxembourg for tax purposes, Skype apparently now finds the little duchy’s privacy officials on its back over allegations of NSA collusion, following a complaint by activists. Read more »
Customers of an Asda store will soon be able to buy figurines of themselves. With big chains standing to gain a lot from the rise of 3D printing, it’s no surprise to see the firm tentatively piloting the technology. Read more »
An Estonian court did not violate a local news site’s right to free expression by holding it liable for offensive anonymous comments made under one of its stories, the ECHR has ruled. Read more »
The $55 million funding round will help Lookout expand beyond the consumer market and into enterprise mobile security. Read more »
OpenStack may be on the rise, but its competitors often point to the complexity of setting it up. Ubuntu Server 13.10, due out next week, aims to eliminate that concern through the introduction of so-called charm bundles. Read more »
The Spanish carrier group and the Japanese equipment maker NEC have begun a pilot program in Brazil, where many of the complex routing functions are being virtualized out of the set-top box and into the network. Read more »
The carriers are likely to end up paying millions more each year for their 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum, reflecting the fact that this spectrum can now be reused for 3G and 4G, not just voice and SMS. Read more »