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Mar 10, 2015

CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days: The Intercept

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The report cites top-secret U.S. documents that suggest U.S. government researchers had created a version of XCode, Apple’s software application development tool, to create surveillance backdoors into programs distributed on Apple’s App Store.

Mar 6, 2015

Computing, telecoms industries set on collision course

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks.

The shift, while in its early stages, involves relying on ever cheaper computer boxes and powerful software that promises to make networks more flexible and efficient.

Mar 4, 2015

NXP deal means security to come built-in on far more devices: CEO

BARCELONA (Reuters) – The merger of NXP and Freescale will bring together two highly diversified chipmakers to create a more focused, leading player in two high-growth markets – automotive electronics and security, NXP’s top executive said on Wednesday.

The cash and stock deal, announced on Monday, valued Freescale at $11.8 billion, excluding debt, and is expected to close in the second half of the year, subject to regulatory approvals. An overlapping business in radio frequency amplifier chips will be sold to ease antitrust concerns.

Mar 3, 2015

For STMicro, wireless business may be hidden key to reach margin goal

BARCELONA (Reuters) – STMicroelectronics said on Tuesday it expected a second year of growth in its wireless business in 2015, following years of losses, a resurgence that eventually could help Europe’s largest semiconductor maker hit overall profit margin improvement goals.

Speaking to financial analysts at the annual Mobile World Congress, executives of the Franco-Italian chipmaker spelled out its strategy for taking its wireless business to the same level of profitability as its other, healthier businesses.

Mar 3, 2015

Facebook’s Zuckerberg seeks peace with telcos on Web-for-all push

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg was on hostile turf on Monday as spoke to executives at the world’s biggest annual gathering of the mobile industry, renewing attempts to win their backing to help reach billions of users with no Internet access.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zuckerberg sought to make peace with the telecoms industry, often some of his company’s biggest critics, calling them “the folks who are here leading the charge to bring the Internet to the world.”

Mar 2, 2015

Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacenters, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

“We will build datacenter equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves,” Ericsson’s chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday.

Mar 2, 2015

Nokia, NTT DoCoMo prepare for 5G ahead of Tokyo Olympics launch

BARCELONA, March 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s NTT DoCoMo
and Finland’s Nokia said on Monday they are working
together to develop networks running at high frequencies for use
in the 5G wireless era – technology expected to be showcased at
the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, and Nokia, the
world’s third biggest telecom equipment maker, said they will be
demonstrating their early technical progress on 5G radio
equipment at the Mobile World Congress show here this week.

Mar 1, 2015

Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020.

But first they’ll have to decide what 5G needs to do that the current, fourth generation of wireless networks will never offer.

Feb 26, 2015

Beset by regulation, Google merges European divisions – source

Feb 26 (Reuters) – Google Inc has combined its two
European regional divisions as it seeks to meet the challenges
of tougher regulation across the continent, a source close to
the company said on Thursday.

The Internet giant is merging its northern and western
European division with the unit covering southern and eastern
Europe, Middle East and Africa, the source said.

Feb 25, 2015

SIM maker Gemalto says spies probably did hack it but plays down impact

PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. and British spies are likely to have hacked into SIM card maker Gemalto in an attempt to steal codes that protect the privacy of billions of mobile phone users, the company said, as it sought to downplay the impact and ruled out legal action.

The Franco-Dutch firm was responding to a report on an investigative news website that said the hack allowed Britain’s GCHQ and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to potentially monitor the calls, texts and emails of cellphone users around the world.

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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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