Google launches Wi-Fi router for home use

Has also been working on providing faster Internet with its Google Fiber service in some U.S. cities

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(Reuters) - Google Inc launched a Wi-Fi router on Tuesday, the latest move in the company's efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.

The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> and Walmart.com.

The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/1LhYhNB)

Microsoft files antitrust suit against InterDigital in patent feud

Claims InterDigital 'falsely promised' to license patents on reasonable terms, then charged exorbitant rates

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft Corp said in a lawsuit on Thursday.

The complaint against InterDigital, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, deepens a long-standing fight over patent licensing between the two companies.

China summons Western tech firms, revives bank cyber rules

Foreign tech companies were briefly optimistic that the rules would be dropped

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China's president, people with knowledge of the matter said.

China smartphone sales fall for first time: Gartner

The country accounted for about 30 percent of total smartphones sales during the second quarter

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(Reuters) - Smartphone sales in China, the world's biggest market for the devices, fell in the second quarter for the first time, market research firm Gartner Inc said on Thursday.

Sales of smartphones in China declined 4 percent in the quarter, the first year-over-year fall, the company said.

"China has reached saturation — its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner.

India picks phone carriers among 11 firms awarded niche bank permits

Aim is for payments banks to piggy-back on existing retail or other networks

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's leading mobile phone network operators Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India are among the 11 companies selected by the country's central bank to help set up "payments banks", aimed at granting millions of citizens access to basic banking.

Energy-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd, controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, which plans to set up a payments bank in a partnership with top lender State Bank of India (SBI), was also among the winners.

U.N. says expects states to respect privacy after AT&T spying report

New York Times cites newly disclosed NSA documents that date from 2003 to 2013

Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said it expects member states to respect its right to privacy and is assessing how to respond to a report that telecommunications company AT&T Inc helped the U.S. National Security Agency spy on the world body's communications.

The company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

U.S. businesses lobby Obama on China tech protectionism concerns

Trade groups question the world's second-largest economy's commitments to open markets

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - American business groups are lobbying U.S. President Barack Obama to press Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on technology protectionism concerns during Xi's upcoming U.S. visit, according to a letter addressed to Obama seen by Reuters.

Samsung Electronics unveils high-end phones in search of sales boost

One expert said he was not sure how well the phones would help Samsung's efforts

Reuters

NEW YORK/SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled a new Galaxy Note phablet and a larger version of its curved-screen S6 edge smartphone on Thursday, marking a fresh bid by the South Korean company to revive momentum in its handset business.

Samsung is the world's top smartphone maker but its market share fell in the second quarter when the company released its critically acclaimed S6 models, squeezed by Apple Inc's upscale iPhones and cheaper offerings from Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Slim's America Movil eyes European fixed-line telcos

CFO declines to say which companies America Movil would go after

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - America Movil is still sniffing out deals in Europe, which could become twice as important for the Mexican telecom company's revenue base within five years, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Shares of America Movil, which is controlled by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim, are down more than 5 percent this year as it grapples with the prospect of competition from AT&T Inc, tough new regulation in its biggest market, Mexico, as well as likely recession in its second-largest market, Brazil.

United Internet eyes city network buys

United Internet is Germany's biggest DSL copper wire broadband provider after Deutsche Telekom

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's United Internet is seeking to buy urban fiber-optic networks to expand the national grid of Versatel, which it bought last year, its chief executive told Reuters.

Ralph Dommermuth said he was also on the lookout for more acquisitions to bolster its business applications unit, which it may list separately on the stock exchange, following the acquisition of Poland's biggest web hoster home.pl.

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