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

Reuters

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

Reuters

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.

Report: mobile consumer cloud revenues to reach $6.5 billion by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost $6.5 billion per annum by 2016, a new report from Juniper Research (Hampshire, England) has found.

AT&T fights back against U.S. in challenge of T-Mobile deal

AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and T-Mobile USA, who is owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany), fought back against the Justice Department's challenge to their proposed merger, arguing the deal would "usher in more intense competition."

AT&T and T-Mobile argued in a federal court filing on Friday that the massive $39 billion deal would free up spectrum and create new capacity for Americans whose mobile devices are transmitting increasingly large amounts of data.

Vodafone launches R&D Center in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most powerful technology companies in the world.  Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, IBM and Oracle all headquarter in and around the Silicon Valley, and many of those companies started and built their company there.  With so many technology companies headquartered in the area, it makes sense that Vodafone (London, England) decided to launch a Research and Development (R&D) Center in that same location.

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