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Free Facebook comes to Tigo Tanzania

Facebook is pushing into Africa

Developing markets operator Millicom said Thursday that Tigo customers in Tanzania will be the first consumers in East Africa to get free access to Facebook on their mobile handsets. On the back of a similar service which launched in Latin America in December 2013, Millicom and Facebook have now extended the partnership to East Africa.

Comcast-Time Warner merger faces opposition

The proposed merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East

The potential merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by both video on demand service provider Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE).

US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

US operators, device vendors create smartphone “kill switch”

Leading handset manufacturers and operators have teamed up in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the US

Leading handset manufacturers and operators in the US have teamed up to introduce a ‘killswitch’ in an effort to curb smartphone theft in the country.

AT&T signs connected car deal with Volvo

AT&T has entered into an agreement with Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada

US operator AT&T has entered into a multi-year agreement with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada starting this summer.

Telefónica launches mobile ad exchange

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

European operator group Telefónica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform. The Spanish firm has teamed up with GSO Capital Partners, a division of US investment firm Blackstone, to create Axonix; a firm that intends to act as a marketplace for mobile publishers and advertisers to target adverts at consumers.

Facebook kills app messaging in Europe to push standalone Messenger

Facebook is pushing its standalone app

Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app as a platform for communications, content and commerce. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead.

Microsoft extends carrier billing for Windows Phone Store

Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store

Software giant Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store.

Ovum and Informa Telecoms & Media merge research businesses

Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) have announced they will merge under the Ovum brand

Research firms Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) are to merge under the Ovum brand and create what they claim to be the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm.

New Mozilla CEO steps down after 11 days

Brendan Eich has stepped down from his role as CEO at Mozilla

Open source software provider Mozilla’s co-founder and new CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down from his role just eleven days into his role. Eich was appointed CEO last Monday but the firm announced his resignation yesterday following backlash from Mozila’s developer community over his political views.

SK Telecom offers unlimited LTE data to subscribers

SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above

South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.

Tesla partners with Telefónica and KPN on M2M connectivity in Europe

Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica. The deal sees the operator provide in-car connectivity for Tesla’s Model S across several European nations.

Millicom and Orange launch startup incubation projects

Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects

Operator groups Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects as they look to promote technological innovation in the markets they operate in.

Internet.org building drones to connect remote communities

Facebook has outlined plans to provide internet connectivity to unconnected communities using technology such as drone aircrafts

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.

UNICEF taps BT for online child safety programme

Keeley Hawes UNICEF

UK incumbent BT has announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote online safety for children. The three-year programme, dubbed ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, will involve the telco providing funding for BT experts to go into UK schools and train teachers on issues concerning online safety as well as leading workshops for teachers, parents and children on the issues.

Dell and Microsoft sign patent agreements

Microsoft and Dell have announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles

Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Intel steps up wearable focus with Basis acquisition

Basis Science has developed a wearable health tracker

Chipmaker Intel is pushing on with its focus on wearable devices with the acquisition of Basis Science, a specialist in wearable device technologies for health and wellness applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Facebook to buy virtual reality firm Oculus for $2bn

Facebook is set to acquire immersive virtual reality technology provider Oculus VR

Facebook is set to acquire immersive virtual reality developer Oculus VR for around $2bn, as an investment for the future, when such technology is expected to become commonplace.

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