Google acquires mobile service company Divide

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Google Inc said it has acquired Divide, a company whose software allows corporations to manage the personal smartphones that consumers increasingly use on the job.

In a post on Divide's (New York City, NY, USA) website on Monday, the company said it was joining Google's (Mountain View, CA, USA) Android team. The post did not provide financial terms of the deal and a Google spokesman declined to comment on the terms.

US accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

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A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies for information on nuclear plant design, solar manufacturing and other secrets in the toughest action taken by Washington to address cyber spying.

China denied the charges, saying they were "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. The Chinese foreign ministry said it would suspend the activities of a Sino-U.S. Internet working group.

Yahoo Japan drops $3.2 billion plan to buy eAccess from SoftBank

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Yahoo Japan Corp has dropped its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp in a 324 billion yen ($3.2 billion) deal that was part of a reorganization of SoftBank group assets.

Yahoo Japan, the country's biggest Internet portal and 42.6 percent owned by SoftBank, will proceed with a planned low-cost mobile Internet service using the eAccess (Tokyo, Japan) mobile network, SoftBank (Tokyo, Japan) and Yahoo Japan (Tokyo, Japan) said on Monday.

IBM looks to ease IoT app requirements with open cloud

IBM recently announced that it was greatly expanding its BlueMix PaaS offering to help developers use cloud services, and now the company says that it has added capabilities that could benefit companies looking to deploy IoT and M2M solutions.

Since its expanded, open, beta launch several weeks ago – based on IBM’s (Armonk, NY, USA) middleware and third-party technologies – the company claims there has been quick uptake on BlueMix from both web-only and enterprise developers looking to deploy embedded devices.

GM, AT&T to launch 4G vehicles next month

GM says it will next month launch a new range of vehicles capable of connecting to the internet over the 4G network of AT&T.

Customers will be able to use services free of charge for a three-month period or up to a three-gigabyte limit, after which they can take out a data plan starting from $5 a month.

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is to the be the first LTE-equipped vehicle and will be followed by more than 30 other Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year, said the carmaker.

Ericsson to support Telefonica smart city rollout in Brazil

Brazilian operator Telefonica Vivo has teamed up with network equipment supplier Ericsson on a smart city in Sao Paolo.

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is initially to support the rollout of smart parking and smart lighting services and take responsibility for system integration aspects of the project.

The company says design, installation and rollout are all included in the scope of the agreement – along with responsibility for managed services, including operations and maintenance, once the technology is up and running.

BlackBerry aims to be major M2M player in five years: Economic Times

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen expects the device maker to be a major force in the M2M industry in the next five years.

In an interview with India’s Economic Times newspaper, Chen said one of his main targets was to leverage BlackBerry’s (Waterloo, Canada) QNX Embedded business to focus on future growth opportunities in M2M.

Dixons, Carphone Warehouse plot $5.88 billion takeover to address IoT

UK retailers Dixons and Carphone Warehouse are poised to announce plans for a £3.5 billion ($5.88 billion) merger aimed at addressing new opportunities in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) space.

According to numerous press reports, the two companies plan to combine their resources to take advantage of new opportunities created by convergence of the consumer electronics and connected-devices markets.

Dixons sells a range of electrical appliances in its high street stores, while Carphone Warehouse is one of the country’s best-known retailers of mobile phones and tablets.

Aeris offers support service to take pain out of M2M

M2M operator Aeris Communications has begun offering a new support service for companies looking to take advantage of M2M technologies.

It claims the average response time for its Infinity Support-branded service is just 30 minutes, which – it says – “sets a new industry benchmark”.

Aeris (Santa Clara, CA, USA) says it is providing the service around the clock and that it will support the speedy rollout of M2M services by customers and fast resolution of any problems customers encounter when deploying M2M technologies.

Google Glass goes back on sale in US but still in beta

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Anyone in the United States with $1,500 can now buy Google Inc's still-in-beta Google Glass, the Internet company said on a blogpost on Tuesday.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) said it "decided to move to a more open beta," and said anyone in the United States could buy the Internet-connected Glass eyewear as long as stocks lasted.

Google opened sales for the gadget to the U.S. public for $1,500 last month for one day to make it available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers.

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