ISP secretly added spy code To Web sessions, crashing browsers http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/06/isp-spying-made.html … Read more
European telecom giant Vodafone announced Friday that its Vodafone Europe BV subsidiary has acquired ZYB, a Danish company that specializes in online contact and calendar management. The price, as stated by Vodafone, is 31.5 million euros, or $48.7 million.
"Using a Web portal as a link between the PC and the mobile device, ZYB provides an interactive way for people to nurture, contact, and develop their relationships with their most important friends and colleagues and builds links with those contacts' wider networks," Vodafone's Internet Services Director, Pieter Knook, said in a statement. "This is … Read more
Updated 10:00am PT with detail from Verizon's conference call.
The LiMo Foundation is adding several well-known entities to its roster of mobile phone players, including Verizon and Mozilla.
A total of eight companies have agreed to join forces with LiMo to work on a Linux-based operating system for mobile phones, bringing the total number of participants to 40. Verizon and Mozilla are the headliners, but the full roster of new invitees includes Infineon, Kvaleberg, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR, and SK Telecom.
Vodafone, Telecom Italia announce massive iPhone rollout http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/05/06/ vodafone-telecom-italia-announce-massive-iphone-rollout … Read more
Vodafone is the latest cell phone company to get Apple's iPhone, the company said Tuesday.
Telecom Italia also said Tuesday it's going to sell the iPhone in Italy.
Vodafone will be distributing the iPhone in 10 countries, making this the first time that Apple has sold the phone through two different operators in the same market.
Vodafone subscribers will be able to get the iPhone in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, and later this year in Turkey.
Almost a year after the iPhone hit store shelves in the U.S. … Read more
A report out of Italy Monday suggests that Apple is planning to revamp its business model with the launch of the iPhone in that country.
It's always tough to correctly interpret translations, but check out the report from La Repubblica and read it for yourself. In short, the report claims that Apple is getting ready to launch a 3G iPhone in Italy with Telecom Italy, and that the carrier will not have to pay Apple a share of the data revenue earned from iPhone users, nor will it have an ongoing exclusive. As a result, the iPhone will be … Read more
It occurred to me today that open-source infrastructure providers (e.g., commercial providers of open-source operating systems, databases, application servers, etc.) may have much in common with telecommunications infrastructure providers (like cable, wireless, etc. providers).
Everyone uses their stuff, and generally at a rate that doesn't quite match the value of the benefits derived from it.
Early on we pay a premium for broadband Internet or support for still-buggy but cheaper open-source software. Over time it becomes commodified and our willingness to pay decreases.
What's a company to do?… Read more
Flexenclosure is trying to wean the cell phone business in Africa off of fossil fuels.
The Swedish start-up has designed a base station for mobile networks that would run on sun and wind power. It all started with a request from telecom company Ericsson three years ago. The company needed an energy source for a potential project in Africa and wanted a more environmentally friendly solution than the conventional diesel generators that usually power base stations out of reach from electricity grids.
Right now, there are 40,000 base stations for mobile networks in Africa, most of them running on … Read more
Facebook was valued at an eyebrow-raising $15 billion when Microsoft purchased a 5 percent stake at $240 million.
According to MarketWatch, Li made the initial announcement during the earnings call for his company, Hutchison Whampoa. "Facebook is doing very well and we could have some synergy between the 3G services of Hutchison and Facebook, so the customers could use Facebook on mobile phones," Li reportedly said.
Among Li'… Read more
Just when you think the world has been figured out once and for all, it changes. One recent example is the music industry, which thought it had everything settled until digitization came along and spoiled the party. That "party" is set to become much more interesting and profitable for the studios again as digitization moves into the mobile world, as The Times points out.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one's perspective) for the studios, they're no longer in charge. Apple is, because it has figured out music, then mobile, and is now wedding the two. Now the mobile operators are trying to catch up all of a sudden thanks to Apple's iPhone...
...which has set off an avalanche of traditional mobile phone operators into the music market. They fear that a vital source of revenue could be seized from under them.
The market has huge potential: consumers could be spending as much as $32 billion (?15.5 billion) a year buying music on their handsets by 2010, analysts believe. And the success of the iPhone - Orange sold 30,000 in five days - has served to focus Vodafone and its rivals on trying to snare a chunk of the revenue....… Read more