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    LINE trials music streaming app Edit Post

    LINE Corp, the company behind Japan’s most popular messaging app, is trying out a standalone music streaming app – called Line Music and costing $2 a month after one month free – in Thailand, the company’s second biggest market, with around 30 million users. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices and is ...
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    iPhone shipments to rise 20% this year to 230M units – TrendForce Edit Post

    The release of new iPhone models in Q3 will help drive total iPhone shipments up 20 per cent to more than 230 million units this year, according to Taipei-based TrendForce. The new models, which the firm said will be part of the 6S series, will account for an estimated 35 per cent of total iPhone shipments ...
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    Learning lessons from Airbnb, GitHub, Xiaomi, Uber and Waze Edit Post

    LIVE FROM WEDO WORLDWIDE USER GROUP 2015: There are four ways in which large, established companies can learn from what have been termed “exponential organisations”, which use new organisational approaches and technology to have a disproportionate – and disruptive – impact on business, according to author and speaker Yuri van Geest. Van Geest, who co-authored the ...
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    New tools can enable enterprises to embrace disruption – WeDo Edit Post

    LIVE FROM WEDO WORLDWIDE USER GROUP 2015: Enterprise business assurance (EBA) tools can be used to enable businesses to embrace disruption and drive new innovation, Sergio Silvestre, VP and CMO at WeDo Technologies, said. “Typically large corporations tend to innovate in small steps, and they are really good at sustaining innovation. But then we see new ...
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    Cinven increases offer to acquire Telekom Slovenije Edit Post

    European financial group Cinven has hiked up its offer to acquire state-owned Telekom Slovenije after politicians criticised authorities for selling the company too cheaply, Reuters reports. Cinven has been in negotiations to acquire Telekom Slovenije since April, and the group remains the sole bidder for the operator despite reported interest from Deutsche Telekom. Cinven has now increased ...

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    French economy minister says “time not right” for consolidation Edit Post

    Emmanuel Macron, France’s economy minister, said the country’s operators should think less about consolidation and more about investment. “In France the sector has reached a point of equilibrium,” he said in an interview with French daily Les Echos. “Time is not right for a consolidation between operators but for investment. Consolidation means less equipment, fewer networks ...
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    German car consortium adds private equity clout in battle to acquire Nokia’s HERE Edit Post

    The battle to acquire HERE, Nokia’s digital mapping business, continues to hot up after the three leading German car manufacturers involved in the bidding process teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise the consortium’s hopes of clinching the deal. Reuters reports that Audi, BMW and Mercedes have partnered with General Atlantic to help ...


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    Lenovo Q4 profit hurt by acquisition costs; mobile market share climbs Edit Post

    Chinese player Lenovo saw Q4 net income fall 37 per cent to $100 million, year-on-year, as it absorbed major acquisitions in the shape of Motorola Mobility and IBM’s low-end server business. Strip out M&A charges, however, and net income was up 23 per cent, to $194 million. “The integration of Motorola and System X are both on ...