Enel Challenges Telecom Italia in Fiber With Metroweb Purchase

Enel SpA agreed to merge its fiber unit with Metroweb Italia SpA as Italy’s largest utility prepares to challenge Telecom Italia SpA in building fast broadband networks in a country where average landline internet speeds are among Europe’s lowest. Combining with Metroweb will jump start Enel’s efforts as the utility prepares to invest about 3.7 billion euros ($4.1 billion) to cover


Mobile video revenue to reach $25b by 2021

Worldwide revenue from mobile video will reach $25 billion by 2021, according to the latest research by Strategy Analytics. Growth in mobile video revenue will be driven by advertisers seeking to reach an increasing audience of users that are consuming video on their smartphones and tablets. The report,Global Mobile Video Forecast: 2010-2021, also predicts users


Europe should abandon its expensive internet cookies law

The European Commission should repeal its ‘cookies law’ – it’s expensive for online businesses and a burden for internet users, writes Alan McQuinn and Daniel Castro. Alan McQuinn is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based technology policy think tank. Daniel Castro is ITIF vice president. Rather than simply update the ePrivacy


British department for Culture, Media and Sport offers connection vouchers

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is set to launch a satellite broadband scheme in rural parts of Suffolk and West Yorkshire, and will issue connection voucher codes to help those deemed eligible get online. Similar to the ongoing Connection Voucher scheme for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in urban areas, the government’s plan is to help


How secure are New York City’s new Wi-Fi hubs?

The first of New York City’s public Wi-Fi hubs went live yesterday, offering free gigabit-fed Wi-Fi to anyone within 150 feet of the stations on Third Avenue. These are the first of 7,500 such hubs, each equipped with USB charging ports and custom-built tablets for web browsing, spread throughout the five boroughs. As part of


Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica will bid for German airwaves

Europe’s three biggest phone companies will gather in a small German town next week for a government auction of mobile frequencies that will be closely watched by regulators and carriers across the continent. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica will bid for airwaves, including for the first time blocks of 700 megahertz band occupied by broadcasters



Pokémon Go launches and crashes in Japan, surprise surprise

After a barnstorming performance around the world, Pokémon Go has finally launched in the lucrative Japanese market, with servers crashing hours later, presumably not surprising many. The Japanese market is one which has drawn attention from many around the world, mainly due to the financial potential in the country. Japanese consumers are widely recognised by


Tim Cook: everything can change except values

In an exclusive Q&A with Fast Company, the current CEO discusses the Watch, how Steve Jobs informs Apple’s future, and how Apple lives “outside the box.” Fast Company: How does Steve Jobs’s legacy live on at Apple? Tim Cook: Steve felt that most people live in a small box. They think they can’t influence or change things a

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“Low power consumption will be crucial for the new era of the Internet of Things” Video interview to Fabrizia Montefiori (Tiesse CEO)

The Italian company produces routers and M2M solutions “We are a company with engineering origins, we have remained engineers and we manufacture; design, develop and repair our products if necessary by providing the assistance. The whole cycle is managed by us. Telecommunications are in our DNA”. This is what Fabrizia Montefiori, Tiesse CEO, told us


Yahoo To Announce Q2 Earnings One Day After Appointing New CEO

Yahoo Cuts $4.8 Billion Deal to Sell Core Business to Verizon

 Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month. But the internet is an unforgiving place for yesterday’s great idea, and Yahoo has now reached the end of the line as an independent company. The board of the Silicon Valley


France launches terror alert app ahead of Euro 2016 tournament

The French government has launched a smartphone app that would alert users to possible terror attacks and provide them with information on how to stay safe. The French Interior Ministry announced the app on Wednesday ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament, which kicks off on Friday outside Paris. Officials in France and other countries have warned that

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Big film, big data: how analytics is shaping the business

Data analysis is changing the landscape of an industry in which experience and instinct are still heavily relied on, but the analysts argue more can be done. At a recent financial conference, Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger made a surprising admission. “We don’t have any idea who went to see Star Wars in the cinemas,” Iger


Brexit – Implications for Copyright

On 23 June 2016 the UK voted by a narrow margin to leave the EU. The decision itself has no direct impact on copyright legislation or practice, but, as UK copyright law is partially derived from, and intended to be consistent with, EU law, the UK in due course may have to introduce new legislation


MEPs would like to see a coherent policy for cultural industries

In a historical first, which sends a strong message to the European Commission, the Culture and Industry committees of the European Parliament have joined forces to draft a resolution calling for a coherent policy to support the development of cultural and creative industries. We need to make the current strategy, which is not monitored nearly enough, more cross-cutting”,


Italy – Court Orders Dotcom’s Megavideo to Pay $13.4m For TV Show Piracy

An Italian court has ordered Kim Dotcom’s Megavideo to pay $13.4m in damages after making TV shows available without permission. The roots of the case date back to 2010 when TV company RTI sent Megavideo takedown notices, without specifying any URLs. The court found that the URLs weren’t needed. Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload empire was shuttered


Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees. With The Detailed Interview app, users select questions for actors portraying migrants from Syria and Guinea as they explain why they fled their homelands. Users then