AT&T says does not intend to bid for Vodafone

Reuters

U.S. mobile operator AT&T said on Monday it was not planning to take over Britain's Vodafone, making its intentions clear after a request from the takeover panel following months of speculation.

The statement to the London Stock Exchange rules out the second-largest mobile service provider in the United States from buying Vodafone (Newbury, UK) for the next six months. However the group can still make an offer if Vodafone's board agrees to it, or if a third party enters the fray.

Autotech Council Topic: UBx - Usage-Based Services

Date
Start Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2014

California:

With the increased use of telematics, and the advances in technologies associated with the connected car, it is natural that opportunities emerge to change the way we pay for certain transportation goods and services.

Analysis: After Target hack, Verifone smart card readers could shine

Reuters

A data breach at Target Corp that exposed the credit card information of tens of millions of holiday shoppers was a major black eye for the retailer. In its wake, investors and analysts are circling companies that could benefit from a major upgrade in credit card technology.

Orbcomm expands into Canada with Rogers tie-up

Satellite and M2M player Orbcomm has expanded its presence in the Canadian market through a deal with mobile operator Rogers.

The tie-up will see the two companies jointly market the availability of Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) range of asset tracking and monitoring services over Rogers’ (Toronto, Canada) cellular network.

Having won approval as a Rogers Supported Reseller, Orbcomm says it plans to target customers in Canada’s transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, and oil and gas industries.

SeeControl to support remote-monitoring services for ATC

M2M platform developer SeeControl is to supply a range of cloud-based remote-monitoring services to All-Terrain Communications (ATC), which provides tank-level and pump-monitoring solutions to the oil and gas, utilities, agriculture, and food and beverage industries.

SeeControl (Redwood City, CA, USA) says its technology will allow ATC (Daphne, AL, USA) to target new M2M opportunities, reducing costs and improving efficiency for end users.

Sol Chip, Tadiran to develop solar batteries for M2M

Solar energy specialist Sol Chip is to partner with lithium-battery manufacturer Tadiran on the development and marketing of solar batteries suited to a variety of M2M uses.

Describing itself as an “energy-harvesting company”, Sol Chip (Haifa, Israel) claims to have developed a maintenance-free solar battery, allowing devices and systems in a range of vertical markets to operate autonomously.

Google tests prototype of diabetes-tracking 'smart' contact lens

Reuters

Google Inc said that it is testing a new method for diabetics to monitor their blood-sugar levels by wearing a contact lens equipped with tiny chips and an antenna.

Google said a prototype of its "smart contact lens" can generate a reading of a tear's glucose level every second, potentially replacing the need for people with diabetes to prick their fingers and test drops of blood throughout the day.

Alere wins FDA approval for healthcare connectivity hub

Telehealth player Alere says its new cellular connectivity hub has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use.

Branded Alere HomeLink, the hub is designed to connect patients with providers and can be used in conjunction with other Alere (Waltham, MA, USA) products, says the company.

The product has also been granted a type of certification (CE Mark) that allows it to be marketed in Europe as well as in the US.

RegionalCare to deploy AirStrip m-health technology

RegionalCare Hospital Partners has revealed it will use technology from AirStrip as its standard for clinical mobility solutions at its eight hospitals across the US.

RegionalCare (Brentwood, TN, USA) – which manages a privately owned network of community hospitals – says it will introduce mobile healthcare applications from AirStrip (San Antonio, TX, USA) as it looks to drive “clinical transformation”.

Healthcare.gov security again under scrutiny by politicians

Reuters

A cybersecurity professional warned that the U.S. government failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers at a congressional hearing that Democratic lawmakers claimed was politically motivated.

"HealthCare.gov is not secure today," David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, said at a Thursday hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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