Yandex will provide the default search and app facilities for users of Nokia’s X-series Android smartphones in Russia and Belarus, the companies announced on Thursday. Read more »
This time the cause seems to be a leaked intelligence conversation regarding possible military action in Syria. Read more »
The French, Y Combinator-backed startup has developed its own ranking algorithms for handling product data in particular, and now it’s offering those insights to its customers. Read more »
The company makes a system that’s in many ways similar to Google Glass, but used to help blind people interpret the world around them. The investment will most likely feed back into Intel’s healthcare division and perceptual computing drive. Read more »
Open Garden’s new anonymous, hyperlocal messaging app is sparking a lot of interest around the world, rising to the top of the iTunes social networking charts in several countries. Read more »
Using LEDs powered over Ethernet, the system gives building owners and facility managers loads of useful data about their properties, and office workers new ways to negotiate their environment. Read more »
Last.fm, the CBS-owned digital music outlet, will close down its streaming radio product by the end of April (hat tip to Engadget). Last.fm announced in its forums Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on “scrobbling”, meaning music recognition and recommendation, going forward, and that it will rely on YouTube and Spotify for its music player. The move was widely expected after Last.fm rolled out a YouTube-based radio player in January.
The Marco Civil da Internet, in its current form, is a big win for the likes of Google and Facebook, as it no longer requires them to store Brazilians’ personal data within the country’s borders. Read more »
The whistleblower has given a tentative thumbs-up to plans by the White House that will reportedly end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call metadata. Read more »
Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »
IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles. Read more »
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would see online harassment cases moved to a different type of court that can dole out sentences of up to two years. Read more »
The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China. Read more »
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you? Read more »
The anticipated first quarter closing date for Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business is getting a small reboot: Nokia says the deal will close in April. What’s the holdup? Perhaps the biggest market for smartphones: China. Read more »
The Twitter ban in Turkey may have been easy to bypass at first, but now the government has introduced more serious measures than DNS redirection. Read more »
The latest Snowden leaks show the U.S. to be hacking China, which is hacking the U.S. Huawei is caught somewhere in the middle, along with various other companies. Read more »
PayPal is expanding two useful payment features — Order Ahead and Pay At Table — to U.K. restaurants. While PayPal is working with all retailers on smartphone transactions, it’s lately taken a keen interest in eateries. Read more »
The Turkish government has imposed a media blackout on a corruption investigation that goes all the way to the top. Now, as people turn to Twitter and YouTube to bypass that blackout, censorship of social media has begun in earnest. Read more »
The BBC wants to give its viewers a way to catch-up on shows that have aired a few weeks ago, and also plans expanding support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. Read more »
The Madrid-based firm says fitting into the Spanish business culture counts for a lot in its quest to take on Amazon Web Services. Read more »
Swedish computer vision company 13th Lab has decided to focus on gaming technology, launching a crowdfunding drive for a new “reality gaming” platform called Rescape. Read more »
The terminal should make it easier for small business to take contactless payments, assuming of course that their customers have suitably-equipped bank cards or mobile wallets. Read more »
Well, hello there: Chromecast is now available in 10 European countries as well as Canada, and the BBC and some other big publishers are ready to cast. Read more »
Last year when HTC announced the One, it was two months before you could buy it. A new year could mean a new strategy even if the new phone has an old name: Carphone Warehouse says it will sell the HTC One next week. Read more »
Amid various reports of slow iPhone 5c sales, Apple released a lower-priced 8 GB version of the handset. Will it boost sales by attracting more customers who might otherwise find cheaper Android or Windows Phones? Read more »
The wording of the proposal, included in a wider package of telecoms legislation, is vague enough to let ISPs favor certain content providers on their “open internet” offerings. Read more »
The deal gives Yandex an office in Israel that will handle much of its geolocation work that doesn’t require constant mobile tracking. Read more »
The online food-ordering service Just Eat is planning to go public on the main London Stock Exchange or its High Growth Segment in April, the company said Monday. According to the Financial Times, the IPO should give Just Eat a valuation of between £700-£900 million ($1.16-$1.5 billion) with a planned haul of £100 million. Just Eat’s main rival is the Berlin-based Delivery Hero, which took in a whopping $88 million in Series E funding back in January. Though Just Eat was founded in Denmark, it is these days part of London’s “Tech City” hub, and its flotation would provide major validation for that scene.
The deal is indicative both of Vodafone’s current wealth and of the European trend toward converging and consolidating fixed-line and mobile services. Read more »
Forget browsing your TV guide by show names — how about you look for the topics that everyone is talking about right now instead? TV data startup Boxfish, which just raised $7 million, believes it can make this happen. Read more »
A SIM card that could be programmed on the fly to register to any network could revolutionize the internet of things and allow device makers to become carriers. But it’s still illegal in nearly every country. Read more »
Bonjour and guten Tag, Chromecast: Google seems to be set to launch its streaming adapter in Germany, France, the U.K. an possibly a number of additional markets next week. Read more »
Vodafone may buy Ono, a major Spanish cable company, for around $10 billion. According to sources quoted by Reuters and Bloomberg, Ono has postponed a planned IPO announcement to allow further negotiations over the Vodafone bid. Two previous offers have been rebuffed for being too low. The British mobile carrier group is on a fixed-line acquisition spree after Verizon bought out its stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion — it bought Kabel Deutschland in Germany last October for $10.4 billion, and it plans to use that buy as a “hub” for further non-mobile expansion.
A local Anonymous branch is DDoSing Russian media outlets, while a similar attack also took out the websites of the Kremlin and the Russian Central Bank. This follows the state blockading of several Putin-unfriendly outlets. Read more »
Berlin-based ResearchGate, in which Bill Gates is a prominent investor, provided a platform for study results that led to highly embarrassing backpedaling from a Japanese research institute. Read more »
A technological spin-off from the Occupy movement, Loomio is crowdfunding a system to help groups of all sizes make decisions. The team is starting small, but it has political transformation in its sights. Read more »
Liberty Global, the largest cable company outside China and a voracious acquirer of European cable firms, is reportedly planning to launch a more mobile assault on the continent. Liberty SVP Manuel Kohnstamm told Bloomberg that John Malone’s company wants to create a “pan-European” mobile network based on mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals — in other words, it will resell actual network operators’ connectivity on a country-to-country basis, with the same unified billing system and back-end that supports Liberty’s fixed-line efforts. This “deep MVNO” network will begin in the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Kohnstamm also said Liberty was still looking out for likely acquisition targets.
The latest documents to come out of the Snowden leak suggest the NSA is gaining access to network routers and people’s computers a lot more than previously thought. Read more »