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Jul 3, 2014

Rocket Internet launches pick-up and storage business in Britain

VIENNA, July 3 (Reuters) – German startup backer Rocket
Internet is entering the British market for self-storage, with a
pick-up and store business that seeks to eliminate the need for
customers to rent their own locker space.

SpaceWays, as the new company is called, will launch in
London on Thursday, with plans to expand to other British cities
and around the globe in the near future, said one of the three
co-founders hired by Rocket Internet to create the service.

Mar 3, 2014

Software contractor EPAM hit by Ukraine-Russia standoff

VIENNA (Reuters) – Eastern and Central Europe’s top information technology services firm, EPAM Systems (EPAM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), warned on Monday of mounting and unquantifiable risks to its operations in Ukraine and Russia, sending the U.S.-listed company’s shares down 14 percent.

Ukraine’s burgeoning software services industry, once insulated by a blue-chip international client base from the divided country’s ailing economy, now finds itself caught up in the escalating military and political standoff with neighboring Russia.

Feb 26, 2014

Smartphone wars shift from gadgetry to price

BARCELONA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The mobile phone industry is
now looking to the fast-growing demand for smartphones priced at
$100 or below as the market for fancier high-end devices has
become saturated, but not all handset makers are able or willing
to trade down.

Much of the talk this week at the Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, the industry’s biggest annual trade fair, has turned
from the latest big screen, premium-priced devices to the new,
entry-level smartphones that analysts say now overwhelmingly
represent the industry’s best hope for growth.

Feb 24, 2014

WhatsApp to add voice calls after Facebook acquisition

BARCELONA (Reuters) – WhatsApp will add free voice-call services for its 450 million customers later this year, laying down a new challenge to telecom network operators just days after Facebook Inc scooped it up for $19 billion.

The text-based messaging service aims to let users make calls by the second quarter, expanding its appeal to help it hit a billion users, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.

Feb 24, 2014

Mobile messenger WhatsApp to add voice calls

BARCELONA (Reuters) – WhatsApp, the world’s biggest mobile messaging service, is to add a voice call service for its 450 million customers, laying down a new challenge to telecom network operators just days after it was bought by Facebook for $19 billion.

Chief Executive Jan Koum said his aim was for WhatsApp users to be able to make calls by the second quarter, just as they can now text messages, in a bid to expand the service’s appeal to help it hit a billion users.

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      "Eric Auchard is editiorial innovation director at Reuters News. He builds tools to help journalists at the world's largest news organization report, edit and present the news. In 2009, Eric was a technology investment columnist for Reuters. Previously, he was the chief technology correspondent from 2000 to 2008. His main focus was covering consumer Internet trends, global technology competition and emerging technologies. He has worked for Reuters covering technology news since 1993. He began covering politics for Reuters in in California in 1992, then moved to Washington. He moved to New York and switched to technology writing for Reuters late in 1993. ..."
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