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Report: Sawiris ready to invest up to $2B in Telecom Italia

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:20

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said he is prepared to invest between $1 billion (€1.38 billion) and $2 billion in Telecom Italia if Telefónica withdrew from the company, and said the Italian company needed funds for future investments.

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Vodacom, MTN, boost mobile subs with Nashua Mobile deal

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:38

South African operators Vodacom and MTN agreed to acquire mobile subscribers from Nashua Mobile for a reported 2.26 billion rand (€155 million/$214 million), as the reseller prepares to exit the local mobile market.

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Vivendi rebuts claims by Martin Bouygues of 'anomalies' in SFR process

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:17

Vivendi said over the weekend that comments made in an interview with Le Figaro by Martin Bouygues about the process to select a buyer for SFR represented a "one-sided" version of the events and refused to enter into a debate with the CEO of the Bouygues Group.

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Guardian, Post win Pulitzers for NSA spying coverage

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:01
The Washington Post and the U.S. edition of the Guardian newspaper have each won a public service Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the leaks by Edward Snowden that revealed the extent of surveillance on ordinary citizens.

Box patches Heartbleed flaw in its cloud storage systems

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:05
Box has patched the Heartbleed security hole on its servers and has advised its customers to change their passwords.

Data breaches nail more US Internet users, regulation support rises

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:54
More U.S. Internet users report they have been victims of data breach, while 80 percent want additional restrictions against sharing of online data, according to two surveys released Monday.

First sites admit data loss through Heartbleed attacks

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:44
Canada's tax authority and a popular British parenting website both lost user data after attackers exploited the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability, they said Monday.

Akamai admits its OpenSSL patch was faulty, reissues keys

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:20
Akamai Technologies, whose network handles up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, said Sunday a researcher found a fault in custom code that the company thought shielded most of its customers from the Heartbleed bug.

True-Grit Wireless tries to rise from Cell-Loc's ashes

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 02:18

The head of True-Grit Wireless, who has taken over patents that originally belonged to a geo-location services company formed in the 1990s, is searching for a way forward to leverage that intellectual property.

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Google said to be eyeing a boost to encrypted sites in search results

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 01:57
Websites that use encryption could be elevated in Google search results sometime in the future, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Heartbleed vulnerability linked to breach of Canadian tax data

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 01:03
In a statement on Monday, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Canada's tax-collection agency, confirmed that the Heartbleed vulnerability was to blame for the loss of tax-related information.

TM Forum Excellence Awards 2014 Finalists Demonstrate Dedication, Leadership, Innovation and Humanitarianism

TM Forum Press Releases - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:00
As the global communications and digital services industry prepares to come together at TM Forum Live!, held June 2-5 in Nice, France, today TM Forum announced the 29 finalists for its prestigious Excellence Awards 2014. The finalists, chosen from 47 nominees by an impartial judging panel, represent the leading and most innovative companies in the industry.

Cisco, TI recruit partners in IoT ecosystem

FierceWireless News - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:41

Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments are both staking claims in the Internet of Things space by forming partnerships with other companies in hopes of advancing this emerging area. Specifically, TI partnered with eight IoT cloud service providers and Cisco launched a challenge to help IoT startups get more visibility.

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Obama administration backs disclosing software vulnerabilities in most cases

Network World on Security - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:41
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama favors disclosing to the public vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software in the national interest, unless there is a national security or law enforcement need, the country's spy agency said.

Tests confirm Heartbleed bug can expose server's private key

Network World on Security - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 09:15
Four researchers working separately have demonstrated a server's private encryption key can be obtained using the Heartbleed bug, an attack thought possible but unconfirmed.

Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent test new ways of reducing wireless network energy consumption

FierceWireless News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:11

Two major wireless network vendors are researching ways to save wireless network operators money by reducing the amount of power they need to run their networks. In separate announcements, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent each announced new efforts geared toward saving energy--and therefore money--in wireless.

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Qualcomm joins Mimosa, others in pushing FCC to open 10 GHz for mobile broadband

FierceWireless News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:33

Qualcomm added its voice to a growing chorus of companies and individuals urging the FCC to open the 10 GHz - 10.5 GHz band for wireless communications. Further, Qualcomm urged the FCC to use Authorized Shared Access technology to allow the spectrum to be shared with licensed mobile operations when and where incumbents are not operating.

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AT&T's Foundry prototyping cloud infrastructure

FierceWireless News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:36

AT&T's Foundries--the carrier's innovation centers--have been set up in key locations across the globe in order to help the carrier more effectively innovate and compete. And according to Mark Nagel, executive director of marketing for AT&T Foundry, the carrier has used its Foundries specifically to prototype cloud infrastructure technologies. 

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Confirmed: Hotspot 2.0 is on Comcast's roadmap for its Xfinity Wi-Fi network

FierceWireless News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:18

Comcast is planning to add Hotspot 2.0 technology to its growing, Xfinity-branded public Wi-Fi network, further evidence that the cable operator plans to leverage Wi-Fi as a way to sell service to smartphone and tablet customers--and thereby potentially cutting into a business currently dominated by wireless carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless.

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Google acknowledges slow Wallet adoption, but promises to stick with it

FierceWireless News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:34

During a recent presentation at the Electronic Transaction Association's tradeshow in Las Vegas, Google Wallet chief Ariel Bardin conceded that customers have been slow to embrace the company's mobile payments service. However, he said that Google plans to remain in the mobile payments space for the long haul, and will continue to tweak the technology in hopes it will take off.

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