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Avago, Broadcom deal could put pressure on Qualcomm
News ImageAvago Technologies Ltd's $37 billion deal to buy chipmaker Broadcom Corp creates new competitive challenges for Qualcomm and may force the world's largest mobile chip maker to radically rethink its own strategy. Qualcomm Inc , which has dominated the market for connectivity chips on smartphones, has been looking to extend its reach into data centres and network infrastructure, but may find its way blocked by an enlarged competitor combining Avago's strength in storage and Broadcom's power in networking. "Qualcomm has aspirations of moving into Intel's data centre processor incumbency that the Avago storage and now enterprise networking (from Broadcom) capability directly overlays," said Drexel Hamilton analyst Richard Whittington.
Thu, 28 May 2015 18:54:42 -0400
Exclusive: Equinix nears deal for Telecity - sources
U.S. data centre company Equinix Inc is nearing a deal to acquire British peer Telecity Group Plc, according to people familiar with the matter, in a tie-up that would create the largest data centre player in Europe. Equinix had previously offered 2.3 billion pounds ($3.5 billion) to convince Telecity to enter into negotiations. Telecity shares ended trading in London at 1,090 pence on Thursday, giving it a market capitalization of $2.2 billion pounds. Thu, 28 May 2015 19:36:37 -0400
Apple fails to disqualify antitrust monitor in e-books case
An illustration picture show sapplication icons are displayed on an Apple Ipad tablet held by a woman in BordeauxBy Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple Inc's bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. Whilst saying some allegations against the monitor Michael Bromwich "give pause," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion in rejecting Apple's bid to end his two-year appointment early. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote installed Bromwich through a permanent injunction in October 2013, three months after she ruled in favour of the U.S. Department of Justice by finding that Apple had played a "central role" in conspiring to raise e-book prices and impede rivals such as Amazon.com Inc . The Cupertino, California-based company is appealing that decision.
Thu, 28 May 2015 13:23:35 -0400
Exclusive: FCC poised to side with Verizon, AT&T in airwaves spat
News ImageBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile US Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter. Such a decision, which could be finalised in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation's No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the auction. The FCC voted last year to restrict the participation of Verizon and AT&T in the 2016 spectrum sale by reserving a piece of each market's airwaves for non-dominant carriers, but not to the extent sought by T-Mobile.
Thu, 28 May 2015 14:53:43 -0400
Google shows off virtual reality collaboration with GoPro
News ImageBy Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Action camera maker GoPro Inc and Google Inc introduced a virtual reality system using 16 cameras and Google software, sending GoPro shares up nearly 7 percent on Thursday. GoPro's helmet- and body-mounted video cameras are popular with adventure sports enthusiasts, and the new GoPro system will use Googles new Jump technology to help create a 360 degree view. Google showed off the GoPro system at its developer conference in San Francisco.
Thu, 28 May 2015 16:17:32 -0400
Amazon offers limited free shipping on same-day delivery orders
News ImageAmazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will offer limited free same-day delivery under its Prime shipping service as retailers try to outdo each other on delivery deals, and expanded the service to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 per order and non-members for $8.99, plus 99 cents per unit. "We know same-day delivery volumes will grow dramatically now that we are making it free," he said.
Thu, 28 May 2015 10:52:29 -0400
Google's new Android seeks to make smartphone smarter
News ImageGoogle's updated Android mobile software seeks to make the smartphone smarter, while keeping the search titan relevant in a world where people rely on apps on the go. At its annual Google developers conference Thursday, Google offered a preview of Android M, due for release later this year, with an upgraded version of "Google Now," the voice-activated assistant which competes with rivals like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. Google will take the software a step further by allowing users to activate the assistant software, even if they are using another application, to find relevant information on their phones.
Thu, 28 May 2015 22:09:20 -0400
Ingogo closes AU$12 million Series C funding round
News ImageWith public listing imminent, Australian taxi app and mobile payments platform, Ingogo has taken its total funding to AU$12 million
Thu, 28 May 2015 21:33:07 -0400
Exclusive: FCC poised to side with Verizon, AT&T in airwaves spat
News ImageBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile U.S. Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter. Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation's No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the auction. The FCC voted last year to restrict the participation of Verizon and AT&T in the 2016 spectrum sale by reserving a piece of each market's airwaves for non-dominant carriers, but not to the extent sought by T-Mobile.
Thu, 28 May 2015 21:21:48 -0400
Australian government to auction regional 1800MHz spectrum
News Image4G services in regional and remote Australia could get a shot in the arm with government plans to auction spectrum in the 1800MHz band for use in regional and remote locations of Australia by the end of this year.
Thu, 28 May 2015 21:10:07 -0400
Researchers invent tiny sonic screwdriver
News ImageUsing an array of loudspeakers, researchers have created swirling vortices of sound that were used to manipulate microscopic particles.
Thu, 28 May 2015 21:02:24 -0400
Hands-on with Google's new Photos service
News ImageGoogle Photos is fast, free, and not Google+.
Thu, 28 May 2015 20:59:58 -0400
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