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Mar 8, 2012

Roku seeks funding for international expansion

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. start-up Roku is gearing up for a major funding round as it seeks to export to other countries the success of its mini-set-top boxes that stream Internet video to televisions, founder and Chief Executive Anthony Wood told Reuters on Wednesday.

Roku, which competes with Apple TV, has already sold 2.5 million of its palm-sized boxes in the United States, persuading some to ditch cable subscriptions in favor of a $60 box as more and more quality content is available online.

Mar 6, 2012

Two UK Murdoch journalists in apparent suicide bids

LONDON (Reuters) – Two senior journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International have apparently attempted suicide as pressure mounts at the scandal-hit publisher of the now-defunct News of the World.

Three sources close to the company told Reuters on Tuesday the two journalists at the Sun daily appeared to have tried to take their own lives. Investigations sparked by a phone-hacking scandal continue to expose dubious practices by present and past employees.

Mar 6, 2012

UK moves towards “three strikes” Internet policy

LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – British Web users face
having their Internet connections throttled or suspended if they
are found to have downloaded music or movies illegally after
Internet service providers (ISPs) BT and TalkTalk
lost a court appeal on Tuesday.

The ruling by Britain’s Court of Appeal means that ISPs will
have to send warning letters to customers suspected by film
studios or record labels of having illegally accessed material
to which they own the rights.

Mar 5, 2012

Facebook seeks breakthrough in mobile ad market

BARCELONA (Reuters) – For Facebook it must look like a no-brainer — exploit its huge consumer loyalty and half a billion mobile phone users as a way of opening up the mobile market to blue chip advertisers.

Trouble is, there are reasons for the limited success so far of mobile advertising and none of them have completely gone away. Even if Facebook succeeds, others eyeing this potentially massive market may still struggle to cash in.

Mar 3, 2012

Breakthrough in mobile ad market eyed by Facebook

BARCELONA (Reuters) – For Facebook it must look like a no-brainer – exploit its huge consumer loyalty and half a billion mobile phone users as a way of opening up the mobile market to blue chip advertisers.

Trouble is, there are reasons for the limited success so far of mobile advertising and none of them have completely gone away. Even if Facebook succeeds, others eyeing this potentially massive market may still struggle to cash in.

Mar 2, 2012

Analysis: Facebook seeks breakthrough in mobile ad market

BARCELONA (Reuters) – For Facebook it must look like a no-brainer — exploit its huge consumer loyalty and half a billion mobile phone users as a way of opening up the mobile market to blue chip advertisers.

Trouble is, there are reasons for the limited success so far of mobile advertising and none of them have completely gone away. Even if Facebook succeeds, others eyeing this potentially massive market may still struggle to cash in.

Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft releases Windows 8 for public testing

BARCELONA/SEATTLE, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp
released an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the
public to download and try out on Wednesday, looking to rev up
excitement for the slick, new-look operating system that it
hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system
compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM
Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops
and laptops, in an effort to counter the runaway success of
Apple Inc’s iPad.

Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft opens Windows 8 for public testing

BARCELONA/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp opened up an incomplete version of Windows 8 for the public to download and test on Wednesday, looking to rev up excitement for its slick, new-look operating system which it hopes will restore its fading tech supremacy.

Windows 8, as the first Microsoft operating system compatible with low-power microprocessors designed by ARM Holdings Plc, will run on tablets as well as desktops and laptops, in an effort to counter the runaway success of Apple Inc’s iPad.

Feb 27, 2012

Facebook offers olive branch to mobile carriers

BARCELONA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Facebook said it could
team up with mobile operators on payments, in an offer that
would give them back part of the revenue and influence they have
lost in recent years to Apple and Google.

Speaking for the first time at Mobile World Congress, the
industry’s biggest gathering, Facebook said operators could help
it make money from its hundreds of millions of mobile users
buying games or music on the social network.

Feb 24, 2012

Telcos squeezed as consumers go mad for mobile Web

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Consumers’ increasing love
of using services like Facebook and YouTube on their smartphones
is leaving many telecoms carriers sidelined while bearing the
costs of ever-growing demands on their networks.

As users lap up mobile Internet services, the Web giants are
strengthening their relationships with consumers, while the
telcos are finding their connections with customers reduced to a
monthly bill and an occasional handset upgrade.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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