Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica announce 4G mobile broadband program in Spain

On Wednesday, equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) and telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid, Spain) announced an initiative to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in Europe with the deployment of LTE technology that will enable the launch of the first 4G wireless network in Spain.

Google bid for Motorola rose by 33% in negotiations

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Google Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) raised its offer for Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (Schaumburg, Ill., U.S.A.) by 33% to $12.5 billion over two weeks of negotiations between the two companies, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

Google originally offered $30 for every Motorola share on August 1 -- but eventually paid $40 -- as the Internet powerhouse sought Motorola's massive patent portfolio, after losing out on the Nortel patent auction to a consortium including Apple and Microsoft.

Cisco reassures Wall Street on post-revamp earnings

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Equipment vendor Cisco Systems Inc (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) slashed its long-term forecasts, acknowledging that it will find it harder to drive growth even after cutting thousands of jobs in a sweeping reorganization.

The cut, while sharp, was largely in line with Wall Street expectations and investors pushed Cisco's shares 2% higher, relieved that the overhaul was bearing fruit by reducing costs and setting Cisco on a path for slower but more stable growth.

US, Europe collaborating on smart grid standards development

On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the European Union's (EU) Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) jointly announced their intention to work together on smart grid standards development, emphasizing common goals and areas of focus.

Telekom Austria sets up M2M subsidiary company

The Telekom Austria Group (Vienna Austria), a telecom provider, on Tuesday announced that it has set up a new subsidiary in the M2M business field. The new company, the Telekom Austria Group M2M GmbH, acts as the competence and service center of the Telekom Austria Group, focusing solely on the development and marketing of M2M services, according to the company.

Sprint reveals web managed thermostat

Last week, Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) announced that the Proliphix IMT-550 Internet Managed Thermostat is now available with Sprint wireless network connectivity. This connected thermostat allows small- to medium-sized retail business owners to reduce energy expenses and remotely monitor their storefronts, according to the company.

Study: M2M technologies Americans are most interested in

In a recent study conducted by research consultancy Market Strategies International (Livonia, Mich., U.S.A.), consumers rated energy smart metering and health monitoring as the two most appealing M2M solutions in the marketplace,

Telehealth service allows live care of patients at home

Healthcare technology provider American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.) and Numera (Seattle, Wash., U.S.A.), a telehealth provider, last week announced a collaboration to deliver health monitoring information directly into live online encounters between physicians and patients.

Chipmaker Broadcom to buy NetLogic for $3.7 billion

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Chipmaker Broadcom Corp (Irvine, Calif., U.S.A.) plans to buy NetLogic Microsystems Inc (Santa Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) for about $3.7 billion to expand its lineup of chips used in wireless network equipment to take advantage of growing demand for mobile data services.

The $50-per-share deal, which represents a premium of 57% over NetLogic's Friday close of $31.91 on the Nasdaq, sent NetLogic's shares soaring 50% on Monday. But Broadcom shares were down 2.5% at $32.60 as some investors questioned the steep premium.

Verizon Wireless will not pay annual dividend to Vodafone

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Verizon Communications (New York) has dashed the hopes of Vodafone (London, England) investors by ruling out a return to a recurring dividend from the two companies' mobile phone joint venture, called Verizon Wireless, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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