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. 

European Commission adopts M2M emergency call system for vehicles

This month, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union that is responsible for proposing legislation and implements decisions, took its first measures to ensure that by 2015 cars can dial emergency services for passengers when a serious accident occurs by using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

Report: 238 million smart meters to be deployed in Europe by 2020

According to a recent report from Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), a cleantech market intelligence firm, cumulative investment in smart grid technologies within Europe will total $80.3 billion by 2020. In addition, the firm anticipates that by 2020, 238.4 million smart meters will have been deployed across the region.

Study: Telemonitoring may not help with severe asthma

Reuters

According to a study reported in the European Respiratory Journal, NEW YORKa device that allows doctors to remotely monitor children with poorly controlled asthma may not help reduce serious asthma attacks.

GE starts building Electric Vehicle learning center

GE Capital Fleet Services (Eden Prairie, Minn., U.S.A.) broke ground last week on a customer experience and learning center that will showcase GE’s portfolio of electric vehicle services and help GE commercial customers evaluate EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles for their fleets.

Report: Cisco, HP battle in Ethernet switch and enterprise router markets

Last week, market research firm Infonetics Research (Campbell, Calif., U.S.A.) released excerpts from its second quarter 2011 Ethernet Switches and Enterprise Routers market share reports.  The report indicates that vendors are experiencing flat revenues as a result of the increased competition in the market, with Cisco (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) and HP (Palo, Alto, Calif., U.S.A.) in the forefront of the competition.

France sells 4G mobile licenses for $1.2 billion

Reuters

France sold off a first batch of fourth-generation mobile frequencies for 1.28 billion, granting licenses to all four major telecom operators in an auction that will structure the market for years to come.

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom (Paris, France) and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad (Paris, France) put in the highest bids to win the two larger blocks of 20 megahertz.

Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz, ARCEP said in a statement on Thursday.

Clearwire talks capacity sale with AT&T, Verizon, others

Reuters

Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) is in talks with U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Wireless (New York), about selling network capacity while it also eyes raising new funding through equity, debt and vendor financing, according to top company executives.

Clearwire, which needs $900 million in new funding, is also open to selling wireless spectrum, but is not running a sale process, Chief Financial Officer Hope Cochran told Reuters.

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