U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal

Decision may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers

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A federal appeals court rejected Motorola Mobility LLC's bid to sue several Asian suppliers under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units.

Wednesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago may lessen protections against inflated prices for U.S. consumers who buy cellphones, computers and other products whose components are made outside the country.

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

Deal signals new Chief Executive Chen's effort to attract security conscious clients

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The deal is part of new Chief Executive John Chen's effort to enhance Blackberry's appeal for security conscious clients such as government agencies as it seeks to regain ground lost to Apple's iPhone and rival devices powered by Google's Android operating system.

EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

The ruling has pitted privacy advocates against free speech campaigners

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant".

AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments

Follows Obama's call for stricter regulations that would treat ISPs like public utilities

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments.

The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks.

Telecom firms call for change to BT's business broadband 'monopoly'

Openreach continues to dominate the business end of the market

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest telecoms service providers have filed a complaint to media regulator Ofcom demanding greater competition in the business broadband market, where they say BT has an effective monopoly.

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA), said other companies should be allowed to lay their own cables in BT ducts and use their own equipment to control BT cables, saying it would improve service and encourage innovation.

NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

Threats persist for power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.

Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.

Telefonica does not rule out a sale of O2 in the UK

Concerned over market shift to bundling fixed and mobile services

Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telefonica would have to consider its options regarding its UK presence, including a sale of the O2 business, if more of the market moves to bundling fixed and mobile telecom services, a top executive said on Thursday.

Telefonica, which bought O2 in 2006, has said the UK business remains core but has not ruled out asset sales to meet a year-end debt target of below 43 billion euros (34.37 billion pounds).

Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world: Channel 4

Vodafone said in a statement that a compliance review found no evidence

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor.

Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden.

Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas

Market has not proven to be as promising as once expected

Reuters

EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies.

Boeing, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier and the world's largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected.

Deutsche Telekom sets up 500 million euro venture capital fund

To be launched early next year, focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is to set up a 500 million euro ($620.4 million) fund for technology ventures, giving the company more scope to invest in venture capital and innovation.

The fund, called Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP), will be launched early next year and will focus on Germany’s growing tech start-up scene, the telecoms operator said on Tuesday.

The new fund will also expand its activities to include private equity investments in existing companies.

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