Samsung Electronics names new smartphone head as heir apparent makes mark

Former cash-cow battles to reverse a slide in its market share to rivals like Apple, Huawei, and Xiaomi


SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the struggling smartphone business in the biggest leadership change yet under the Samsung conglomerate's heir-apparent, Jay Y. Lee.

Samsung Group said 54-year-old Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications business from 59-year-old J.K. Shin, who will remain head of the overall mobile division for Samsung Electronics and focus on long-term strategy and developing new growth businesses.

U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records

Twitter has sued in federal court seeking the ability to publish more details in its transparency reports


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individual’s complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows.

The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

New surveillance measures may become law following the November 2016 presidential elections


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday.

As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said.

EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

Brussels and Washington locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the U.S.


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.

Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law.

German court says ISPs may have to block music-sharing sites

Supreme Court dismisses cases against Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica's O2 Deutschland


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court said Internet service providers could be made responsible for blocking websites offering illegal music downloads, but only if copyright holders showed they had first made reasonable attempts to thwart such piracy by other means.

The federal Supreme Court dismissed two cases brought by music rights society GEMA against Deutsche Telekom and music companies Universal Music, Sony and Warner Music Group against Telefonica's O2 Deutschland.

Nokia CEO says Alcatel buy will increase its 5G firepower

Deal expected to close in January coincides with a industry investment cycle develop next gen 5G


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nokia's planned takeover of rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent will give it far greater scope to invest in new technologies like 5G mobile equipment while cutting costs, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Rajeev Suri also told Reuters in an interview that the Finnish company was making rapid progress toward closing the acquisition, originally valued at 15.6 billion euro ($16.62 billion).

Google aims for China launch of Google Play app store next year

First major foray in the market since ending localized product support in 2010


BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Google, part of Alphabet Inc, aims to launch the China version of its Google Play smartphone app store next year, according to people familiar with the matter, its first major foray in the market since ending localized product support in 2010.

The Google Play app store would be set up specifically for China, and not connected to overseas versions of Google Play, two of the people said.

Israel, Palestinians sign 3G mobile network agreement

Earlier this year, Israel's Communications Ministry allocated a number of high-speed 4G frequencies


GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to allow a long-awaited third-generation (3G) mobile network in Gaza and the West Bank, they said on Thursday.

Israel said the decision was made after it concluded a security examination as well as other work with the Communications Ministry.

Under interim peace accords, Israel effectively has final say in allocating radio frequencies in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule.

Ericsson sees video driving tenfold rise in mobile data by 2021

Content providers, such as Netflix, Facebook and YouTube are the biggest winners from the increase


STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecoms network gear maker Ericsson raised its forecast for mobile data traffic, in a further boost to companies that benefit from rising numbers of consumers viewing online videos on platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.

Ericsson, the world's top mobile network equipment maker, expects a tenfold surge in mobile data traffic globally between 2015 and 2021 as the number of smartphone subscriptions rise. In its mobile industry report in June it forecast that growth would be eightfold between 2014 and 2020.

Nokia remains bullish about Africa business despite economic slowdown

A growing wave of consolidation in the sector is forcing mobile operators to step up investment


CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Finnish network equipment maker Nokia remains upbeat about its growth prospects in Africa despite a slowdown in many of the continent's fastest-growing economies, a senior company executive said on Thursday.

Nokia, which sold its once-dominant mobile handset business to Microsoft in 2014, deals in Africa mostly with telecommunications operators and governments, both of which have been hit by weaker currencies and slower economic growth.

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