Autotech Council: Safety & ADAS

Start Date: 
Friday, June 14, 2013
End Date: 
Friday, June 14, 2013

San Jose, CA:

Today’s meeting will talk about Safety & ADAS, along with various government and industry-sponsored research programs and new products and services. Much of the enabling technology is available, so our discussion will focus on products and services that are implementing and relying on this short-range communication, and as always we include several start-up demos to supplement the perspective of major vendors and OEMs.

Google, AT&T target Austin for high-speed internet


Google Inc said on Tuesday it plans to bring its ultra high-speed Internet and television service to Austin, Texas, next year, prompting AT&T Inc to reveal its own plans to follow suit - if it gets the same terms from local authorities.

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) appeared to be making a political point to highlight the heavy regulations that encumber traditional phone companies, analysts said.

PayPal tests merchant financing as Kabbage raises debt


EBay Inc's payments business, PayPal, already lends money to online shoppers, but it is now starting to finance the merchants who sell on the company's online marketplaces.
PayPal (San Jose, CA, USA) has already tested a financing program for eBay sellers in the UK and it plans similar tests in the United States this year, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ericsson says to buy Microsoft IPTV business


Telecom equipment maker Ericsson said on Monday it had struck a deal to buy Microsoft Corp's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet.

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) said in a statement the deal would make the company, the world's biggest mobile networks maker, the leading provider of IPTV.

Exclusive: Deutsche Telekom mulls improving MetroPCS offer - sources


Deutsche Telekom AG is looking into improving the terms of a proposed merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc as a last resort to win over shareholders ahead of a vote on the deal next week, two people familiar with Deutsche Telekom's thinking said on Thursday.

The board of the Bonn-based company is divided on whether to sweeten the terms of the cash and share deal to secure approval at a MetroPCS (Richardson, TX, USA) shareholder vote on April 12 and is hoping it could still avoid any change, the people said.

Verizon denies interest in Vodafone bid

Verizon has rebuffed reports that it is planning a joint bid with AT&T for UK operator Vodafone.

Earlier this week, the UK’s Financial Times newspaper cited “usually reliable people” as saying that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) were preparing a complex $245 billion bid that would see Verizon take full control of Verizon Wireless – its mobile joint venture with Vodafone (Newbury, UK) – while AT&T acquired the rest of Vodafone’s assets.

MetroPCS promotes T-Mobile deal after advisers pan it


MetroPCS Communications Inc urged shareholders to support its proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's unit T-Mobile USA after two proxy advisory firms recommended that shareholders vote against it.

Proxy advisers Glass Lewis (San Francisco, CA, USA) and ISS (Rockville, MD, USA) have backed efforts by two key activist investors to block the deal by recommending that shareholders vote against it at a special meeting on April 12.

CommEd claims smart-grid rollout boosts Illinois economy

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the largest electric utility in Illinois, is hoping to fend off criticism of proposed price rises it says are needed to pay for its smart-grid deployment by claiming the scheme helped to create 2,400 jobs last year, giving a much-needed boost to the local economy.

ComEd (Chicago, IL, USA) suffered a major setback in May 2012 when the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) forced it to cut the rates it proposed to charge customers at an estimated cost to the utility of about $100 million.

US connected-car numbers to double over next three years: Parks Associates

Some 47% of all new vehicles sold in the US will have embedded cellular modules by 2017, representing a doubling in subscriber numbers over the 2013–16 period, according to new research from Parks Associates.

In a new report examining the growth opportunities in the M2M industry, the market-research company also says that around 17.6 million consumers will subscriber to embedded connected vehicle services such as General Motors’ (Detroit, MI, USA) OnStar and Chrysler’s (Auburn Hills, MI, USA) UConnect Access.

eBay sets aggressive 2015 targets, shares climb


EBay Inc foresees annual earnings growth of 15 percent to 19 percent over the next three years, and is targeting an increase in revenue of as much as 68 percent for the period. The aggressive goals drove its shares up more than 4 percent.

Executives told analysts at eBay's annual investor day on Thursday that they expect revenue of $21.5 billion to $23.5 billion in 2015, versus $14 billion in 2012, as the company expands globally, focusing more on local commerce and using mobile technology to lure shoppers.

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