Ericsson files complaint against Apple over tech license payments

Responding to a lawsuit from the iPhone maker earlier this month

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecom equipment supplier Ericsson said on Wednesday it filed a complaint against Apple Inc over mobile technology license payments, responding to a lawsuit from the iPhone maker earlier this month.

Ericsson said in its filing to a U.S. district court that Apple's license to use technology developed by the Swedish firm and used in many smartphones and tablet computers had expired, and that two years of negotiations had not led to a new deal.

Ericsson wants the court to determine whether its license offer to Apple is fair.

Comprehensive Report on the Current Status of M2M and IoT

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Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has historically represented the integration of microprocessors, microcontrollers and sensors with communications, monitoring and control systems to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of business operations. The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking M2M to entirely new level as applications are rapidly expanding beyond traditional boundaries.

Facebook, Xiaomi discussed possible investment in the Chinese smartphone maker

Sources say Facebook wants to get into China, and Xiaomi is keen to expand outside

Reuters

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialized, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

China's Huawei Technologies says 2014 profit likely rose 17 percent

China's 3 carriers built an estimated 1 million 4G towers by end of 2014

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd likely booked a 17 percent increase in operating profit last year, as worldwide adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology boosted earnings at China's leading telecommunications equipment maker.

Profit likely reached 33.9 billion yuan ($5.47 billion) to 34.3 billion yuan in 2014, on a roughly 20 percent increase in revenue at 287 billion yuan to 289 billion yuan, the company said on Tuesday in unaudited results.

Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data, privacy

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card data from companies like Target and Home Depot.

The White House said Obama will weigh in with his legislative ideas during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission at 11:55 a.m. ET.

Genband could be a game-changer for customer-service sector

Internet-based mobile service seeks to transform the way customer calls are handled

Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Genband, a U.S. maker of software for telecoms and cable TV operators, aims to revolutionize phone-based customer services by ending consumer frustration at being kept on hold in a seemingly endless loop of recorded options messages.

The Texas-based company, majority owned by JPMorgan's One Equity Partners, paid $50 million in 2013 to acquire Israeli start-up Fring, an Internet-based mobile service seeking to transform the way customer calls are handled.

U.S. FCC chief's speech seen supporting Obama on net neutrality

Remarks by Wheeler at CES in Las Vegas suggest he leans toward regulating ISPs more strictly

Reuters

LAS VEGAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday touted a "just and reasonable" standard for policing Internet traffic in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he plans to follow President Barack Obama's lead on "net neutrality."

The remarks by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at a trade show in Las Vegas appeared to show he was leaning toward regulating Internet service providers more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested.

Mexico competition watchdog signs off on AT&T's Iusacell buy

AT&T sold its America Movil shares before announcing deal with Iusacell

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's competition regulator on Sunday approved AT&T Inc's $1.7 billion purchase of local cellphone company Iusacell, with unspecified conditions, a statement said.

The Federal Competition Commission said it set conditions on the deal to "avoid risks to the process of competition" in markets where Iusacell would compete with Carlos Slim's America Movil, which previously counted AT&T as a minority investor.

America Movil is Mexico's biggest mobile operator, while Iusacell is a distant third.

Italy's digital future seen at stake in battle for Metroweb

Servicing homes with fiber optic cable is a tough and costly task

Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - A small company renting out optical fiber cables in Milan has become the subject of a fierce takeover battle between Telecom Italia and global mobile giant Vodafone, with a national high-speed fiber network seen as the ultimate prize.

Both companies have set their sights on buying a controlling stake in Metroweb that infrastructure fund F2i is selling.

The Connected Future: Chattering Machines Demand Better Orchestration

Today's Internet offers no guarantees of security, reliability or performance for M2M applications

There are more than 7 billion people on this planet – but many, many more things. Already some 40% of the world’s population has Internet access and can, in theory, communicate – just wait till those other things get in on the act. How will we ever manage the Internet of Things?

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