Genband has reportedly paid $50 million for fring, and it will use the Israeli firm’s technology to help fixed-line and mobile carriers hit the market with their own “over-the-top” consumer text, voice and video chat services. Read more »
Good news — the finalized text of the EU Regulation for creating a single telecoms market is a lot tighter than earlier drafts when it comes to protecting consumers from net neutrality abuses. Maybe not watertight, though. Read more »
A San Mateo, Calif.-based startup called Space-Time Insight has raised a $20 million series C investment round led by London-based firm Zouk Capital. Space-Time provides a platform for analyzing and visualizing streaming data, and is gaining traction in the utility sector. We profiled the company in 2011, specifically its work with California ISO to put real-time energy data on an 80-foot screen in the agency’s control room. Space-Time closed a $14 million series B investment round last September.
Vodafone is having trouble finding enough Kabel Deutschland shareholders willing to sell up. Reuters reports the British mobile giant has secured only around 20 percent of the German cable firm’s shares, and it needs 75 percent by midnight Wednesday or the deal is off. It could be shareholders are waiting until the last minute in case a rival offer comes in — either way, it’s a nailbiting finish for freshly flush Vodafone and its plans of pushing further into the European fixed-line market.
As more companies weigh moves to the cloud, vendors have latched onto the “hybrid” label as a sales tool. Read more »
Berlin’s Waymate has learned a few lessons since going live earlier this year, chief among them the fact that users need a transport comparison and booking service more for urban situations than for long-distance travel. Read more »
Netflix won’t say when it is going to launch in the Netherlands, but apps for the service started popping up on Dutch app stores this week. Read more »
With 17 4G bands spread among four different phone variants, the new iPhone 5c and 5s will support LTE networks in dozens of new carriers in dozens of new countries. China Mobile, though, will have to wait. Read more »
By letting TomTom into the connected car dashboard, Ford is opening the door to apps that compete with its own subscription vehicle navigation services. Read more »
U.K. cable operator Virgin Media will start offering its customers access to Netflix through their TiVo set-top boxes. Read more »
A leaked opinion from the Commission’s justice department pointed out serious risks in proposals made by the digital agenda department — proposals that would allow ISPs to charge content providers to prioritize their traffic. Read more »
Nokia’s Here business, a serious rival to Google’s mapping and navigation efforts, is partnering up with Germany’s Mercedes-Benz on autonomous vehicles. Like Nissan, Merc parent Daimler wants self-driving cars on the road by 2020. Read more »
The Norwegian browser firm is now thinking truly post-PC. Its Coast browser does away with traditional desktop browser elements such as tabs, forward and back buttons, and even the URL bar. Read more »
Could the monitoring of an oil giant be the first sign of the NSA using its surveillance systems for economic espionage? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that doesn’t happen, but doubts will linger. Read more »
Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access user data such as contacts lists, SMS traffic and location from the leading phone platforms and — embarrassingly given its security reputation — email from BlackBerry. This latest Snowden revelation begs the question: is any mobile OS safe?
Who thought subverting not only widely-used security mechanisms, but the security standards-setting process itself, was a good idea? Read more »
From phoneless smart watches to cameras with just lenses we talk about the big tech news of the week, including a little announcement from Microsoft. Read more »
It’s a common mistake: you mean to put a bunch of email recipients in the “bcc” field to hide their identity from other recipients, but instead you put them in the “cc” field. Oops — particularly when you’re ZTE trying to survey buyers of your Firefox OS phone. According to multiple people on Twitter, the Chinese handset maker managed on Friday to out the identities of hundreds of customers in this fashion. Hilariously, the email includes the line: “As always, we treat the issue of privacy with utmost seriousness — any personal information you have supplied us will remain confidential.”
New Relic, on track to $100M in revenue next year, is the prototypical startup success story. CEO Lew Cirne shares some secrets of its success. Read more »
New leaks reveal how the government is using a massive secret program to break into personal, business and financial communications long considered secure. Here’s the most important takeaways. Read more »
It’s been called the song of the summer — despite the fact that it’s September, and it’s only been online for two days. So why is everyone talking about this strange Norwegian viral video? Read more »
Big data startup HStreaming is now part of Swiss advertising firm Adello Group. HStreaming had standout technology by all accounts, but the business never scaled enough to survive in a tough market. Read more »
After a long lull in its home region, Alcatel-Lucent has one a key 4G deal with Telefónica in Spain. Could this be the first step in Alcatel-Lucent’s climb back up the LTE heap? Read more »
The “right to be forgotten” on the internet is an appealing idea. But a court controversy over Max Mosley’s hooker video shows any such law would likely lead not to more privacy, but to more censorship. Read more »
Creative’s Senz3D camera is up for pre-order as of Thursday. It’s the first peripheral to use Intel’s perceptual computing tech, which will be built into computers from next year. Read more »
On this week’s show we talk about Structure Europe, get heebie jeebies over social media stalking and listen to the always entertaining Box CEO, Aaron Levie. Read more »
Bam! The Summer holidays are over. And the East London tech startup scene is back to work, making deals, raising money and throwing parties. Read more »
The NYT has published an interesting piece about the negotiations leading up to Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset business. Of particular note: Nokia’s insistence on hanging onto its Here business (the key to its future, in my opinion). And on the symbolism front: at one early meeting, Ballmer tripped over a coffee table and bloodied his brow.
We’re counting down to Structure:Europe where ten startups will take the stage and launch. Meet ECManage, a cloud management company that helps you move apps between cloud providers. Read more »
The Stockholm outfit wants to save developers the hassle of juggling local development environments, framework installs, deployment services and hosting. Read more »
SwiftKey, a London-based startup that sells a popular “smart” keyboard for Android devices, has closed a $17.5 million series B led by Index Ventures. The company plans to spend the money on research to “fuel further innovation in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning,” among other things, according to a press release. That’s probably not a bad idea given Google’s vested interest keyboard dominance and focus on cutting-edge text analysis.
Traffic management could be key to the future of the open internet, so what proportion of UK consumers takes such policies into account when choosing a broadband deal? A whopping one percent. Read more »
Barnes & Noble dropped the prices on Nook tablets in the U.K. for the second time this summer, suggesting it’s trying to clear out stock. The company said in June that it would stop manufacturing tablets, before switching course in August. Read more »
Ministry of Sound, which produces clubland compilations that are not available on Spotify, is suing the streaming service because its users replicate those compilations through playlists. Read more »
By claiming full control of its mobile business, Verizon can eliminate the increasingly artificial distinction between wireless and wireline networks, and start selling connectivity. Read more »
Keyboards are good for demonstrating how thin a touch-enabled device can go, but the real potential for this technology lies in wearables and other flexible applications. Read more »
Eventbrite scoops up London startup Lanyrd and Argentinian startup Eventioz, in a bid for international expansion. These are the events giant’s first acquisitions. Read more »
ValueAct is a shareholder activist firm that will consult on Microsoft business going forward. It was not, however, consulted on the $7.2 billion Nokia buyout. Read more »
A promo advertisement suggests that EE will include a free Sony Smartwatch 2 for customers that pre-order the Sony Xperia Z1 handset. Could an U.S. carrier follow suit and sweeten the deal for Sony’s latest smartphone? Read more »
After years of playing footsie — in a game that accelerated over the past 12 months — Microsoft and Nokia finally pulled the trigger on a $7.2 billion deal. What changed in the past month? Read more »