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    Intel in “advanced talks” to buy Altera - report Edit Post

    Intel is in discussions to buy Altera, a chip partner, in what would be the biggest ever acquisition by the US chip giant if the deal went through. Details are scant, but when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) first reported talks last Friday – citing unnamed sources – it was enough to send Altera’s market capitalisation ...
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    SoftBank in talks over Micromax stake – report Edit Post

    Japanese technology giant SoftBank is apparently in talks to buy a 20 per cent stake in handset maker Micromax Informatics, in a deal which could value the Indian company at around $5 billion. According to Reuters, the sale will be sold by existing investors, meaning the cash will not go to the company itself. But it would ...
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    TeliaSonera says whistleblowing scheme has exposed potential corr... Edit Post

    TeliaSonera said its ‘Speak-Up Line’ – an innovative scheme introduced last year to encourage employees to flag wrongdoing – helped uncover “potentially fraudulent transactions” involving former senior level employees at Kcell, its Kazakhstan subsidiary. TeliaSonera admitted last year it may have broken laws in various Eurasian countries, so is naturally keen to show willingness about weeding ...
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    Vodafone partners in Botswana to expand African presence Edit Post

    Vodafone has expanded its presence in Africa via a new ‘Partner Market’ agreement with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL). The deal will see BTCL become Vodafone’s preferred partner in Botswana. According to Vodafone Partner Markets chief executive Stefano Gastaut, this will enable Vodafone to expand the reach of its products and services within Africa and extend its partner ...
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    Deutsche Telekom boss takes another swipe at US internet giants Edit Post

    Deutsche Telekom (DT) chief executive Timotheus Hoettges (pictured) complained that US internet firms are getting a far too easy ride in Europe, and called on competition authorities to take a tougher approach. Speaking at the International Conference on Competition in Berlin, a bi-annual event arranged by Germany’s competition authority, Hoettges – as reported by The Wall ...

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    Facebook makes first drone test flight Edit Post

    Facebook announced it had completed the first successful test flight of its UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) platform, which it intends to deploy in order to extend connectivity as part of its internet.org initiative. The drone, as reported by TechCrunch, has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767 but uses lightweight materials that allow it to weigh ...
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    BlackBerry in the black for Q4, as focus shifts to “sustainable profitability” Edit Post

    BlackBerry head John Chen said that the company has “a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well received”, as the recovering company’s focus now shifts to “stabilisation of revenue with sustainable profitability and cash generation”. It reported a profit for the quarter (its fiscal Q4) of $28 million, compared with ...


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    India’s spectrum auction closes, bids hit $17.6B Edit Post

    India’s spectrum auctions have come to a close, after three weeks and 115 bidding rounds, raising INR1.1 trillion ($17.6 billion) from eight operators. Almost 90 per cent of the total spectrum being auctioned off has been provisionally sold, the government said. The amount expected to be generated tops the INR1.06 trillion raised in the 2010 auctions. The operators ...