Smart energy M&A deals hit $2.4 billion in 2011

According to a new report from Lux Research (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.), a research and advisory firm, merger and acquisition (M&A) deals -- just in the first six months of 2011 -- have already totaled twice those made during all of 2010, and many more cash-starved smart grid, energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV) start-ups are considering future deals. After reaching an all-time six-month high of $1.79 billion in the first half of 2010, venture funding for these start-ups had all but dried up in the subsequent twelve months.

Report: mobile Internet privacy major concern among consumers

Last week, the GSMA, an association that supports the deployment of the GSM mobile telephone system, announced the results of a study of more than 4,000 mobile phone users in Singapore, Spain and the UK, which sheds light on privacy issues, particularly relating to the use of the mobile Internet and mobile applications.

Telecom companies lash out at EU Fiber proposal

Reuters

 Telecom operators hit out at a new European Union proposal that aims to spur investment in faster fiber optics networks by reducing profits generated on copper-based networks, saying it was wrongheaded and would actually stunt progress.

Executives from nearly a dozen companies, including France Telecom (Paris, France), Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) and Telecom Italia (Rome, Italy), came out against the proposal only minutes after EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes laid it out in a speech at an industry conference in Brussels on Monday.

Global policy management software market expected to hit $1.6B by 2015

Market research firm Infonetics Research (Campbell, Calif., U.S.A.) on Friday released excerpts from its latest Policy Management market size, market share, and forecast report, which stated that Infonetics expects the global policy management software market to jump 49% in 2011 over 2010, and to hit $1.61 billion in 2015.

Intel acquires Israeli mobile navigation firm Telmap

Reuters

Chipmaker Intel Corp (Santa Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) has agreed to acquire mobile navigation software maker Telmap (Herzliya, Israel), the chief executive of the Israel-based company said on Sunday.  Details of the deal were not disclosed but Israeli media said Intel is paying about $300 million to $350 million.

Europe slow to adopt 4G mobile: sector executives speak

Reuters

Europe's rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks is trailing major operators in the United States and parts of Asia, which are already offering the service to millions of customers.

Report: small cell backhaul to shift away from copper, fiber toward wireless

According to the recent report "Mobile Backhaul for Small Cells" by research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), by 2016 an estimated 58% of outdoor small cells will be backhauled using wireless techniques.

Samsung signs pact with Intel, Microsoft

Reuters

Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) unveiled on Wednesday software pacts with Intel (Santa, Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) and Microsoft (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) as the world's second largest cellphone maker strengthens its mobile software push.

Samsung has quickly become one of the largest smartphone makers globally, helped by its strong offering of devices using Google's Android platform.  Analysts said Wednesday's deals signaled Samsung's aim to lower its exposure to Android following Google's $12.5 billion August acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Google plans start-up center in London

Reuters

Google (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has thrown its weight behind Tech City, East London's fast-growing hub for Internet companies, by signing a lease for a seven-floor building that will serve as a launch-pad for new start-ups and developers.

The center, due to open in 2012, will house advisers from Google and other organizations that support technology entrepreneurs, the company said on Wednesday.

It will be located close to Old Street roundabout; dubbed "Silicon Roundabout" in an area of London that has already attracted hundreds of new Internet start-ups.

Global Telehealth Market Set to Exceed $1 Billion by 2016

According to a new report by InMedica (Wellingborough, England), a medical electronic market research group, the world market for Telehealth is set to exceed $1 billion by 2016 and could jump to $6 billion in 2020. 

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