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European Parliament slips Google unbundling into single digital market agenda

Europe is taking on a US tech giant once more

European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”

EC mulling Google break-up – report

Google's getting tied up by European Commission

A leaked report has fuelled speculation that the European Commission intends to unbundle Google in response to the internet giant’s growing share in multiple markets. According to the FT, a draft motion from the Commission states that “unbundling search engines from other commercial services” is being investigated as a means of curtailing the company’s growing dominance.

US carriers unite for VoLTE interoperability, cooperation key

US carriers working on VoLTE interoperability

Engineers from US giants Verizon and AT&T say they have identified the requirements for an interoperable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, and have begun extensive testing in lab environments. Interoperability field trials are expected to take place before live services launch in 2015.

Lenovo completes Motorola Mobility acquisition

From left to right: Lenovo’s Liu Jun and Yang Yuanqing with Rick Osterloh from Motorola

Lenovo has announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, claiming that makes it the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world. The company said it expects the mobile firm it purchased for a total of $2.91 billion to be profitable within four to six quarters.

Google, Qualcomm lead augmented reality start-up investment

Tiny augmented reality elephant on the Magic Leap homepage.

Stealth mode augmented reality start-up project Magic Leap claims to have raised $542 million in Series B financing. Google and Qualcomm led the round of financing, indicating that both businesses see significant potential in the product to help drive more commercial uptake of augmented reality inspired technology.

Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop on new Nexus 6 phablet

Android 5.0 enhances the dominant global mobile platform

Internet giant Google has released the latest major version of its ubiquitous mobile platform Android. Version 5.0 has been nicknamed Lillipop, in keeping with the sweet-themed alphabetical naming convention, and features a new user interface called Material Design.

Ofcom drives TV white space utilisation

Ofcom is supporting white space technology development

Ofcom has announced it is coordinating testing of wireless technology that uses white space spectrum to potentially deliver a range of digital services including internet access in rural areas, wifi-like services, video streaming or M2M connectivity.

Digital innovation a “luxury”? For operators, it’s in the DNA

Innovation is in operators' DNA

During a speech this summer, Google executive Tim Carter declared that operators simply can’t afford to innovate, claiming that that the “luxury” of digital innovation is now the sole preserve of the rich (i.e. Google) and entrepreneurs with little to lose. But is this really true?

China Mobile, KDDI and Google among $300m Pacific cable consortium

FASTER is expected to speed things up somewhat

A consortium of six companies has agreed to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system linking Japan with the US. It has an initial design capacity of 60Tb per second and is consequently called ‘FASTER’, despite not apparently being an acronym.

Google Ventures to invest $100m in European startups

Silicon Europe

Google has announced that it has set up an arm of Google Ventures in Europe and allocated an initial fund of $100m for local startups. The announcement will presumably be welcomed by startups in the UK, where we’re so keen to emulate Silicon Valley that we insert “Silicon” into the name of anywhere a tech startup spends more than a couple of hours.

Google+ founder leaves firm

Google+ founder Vic Gundotra has left the firm

Web giant Google has been left without a leader for its Google+ social networking site after Vic Gundotra has stepped down as senior vice president for social at Google after almost eight years at the firm.

AT&T to extend fibre rollout

AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities

US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps.

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.

Right before your eyes

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Social media darling Facebook this week had an eye on the future as it announced the acquisition of virtual reality technology provider Oculus for a hefty $2bn.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the decision to acquire Oculus was made to place the firm in a commanding position for the future, as it expects immersive virtual [...]

Google looks to get stylish with Ray-Ban partnership

Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group

Web giant Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group as part of its Google Glass project. The Group is parent to several eyewear brands, including Ray-Ban and Oakley, and has over 5,000 retail outlets in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

GSMA joins alliance to drive down internet access costs

The GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet

Telecoms trade association the GSMA has announced that it has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition with 50 members, including Google, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft, committed to bringing down the cost of internet access in developing nations.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

Google ‘outraged’ over NSA datacentre hack

A leaked NSA slide detailing the “Google Cloud Exploitation”

According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.

Building broadband networks for next generation usage

Google Fiber's Kevin Lo

Keynote speakers on the first day of the Broadband World Forum talked about changing network architectures to build an internet better designed for a generation that has grown up with broadband access.

Google, BT and Microsoft sign up to Ofcom white space trials

Ofcom is carrying out white space trials with the support of companies including BT and Microsoft

UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.

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