With WebRTC, the Skype's no longer the limit

Analysts expect WebRTC will be a market worth $4.7 billion by 2018

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - WebRTC, a free browser-based technology, looks set to change the way we communicate and collaborate, up-ending telecoms firms, online chat services like Skype and WhatsApp and remote conferencing on WebEx.

Web Real-Time Communication is a proposed Internet standard that would make audio and video as seamless as browsing text and images is now. Installed as part of the browser, video chatting is just a click away – with no need to download an app or register for a service.

Intel unveils platform to simplify connectivity of products

Determined to make sure it is on the leading edge of future computing trends

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Tuesday unveiled a new platform to make it easier for companies to create Internet-connected smart products using its chips, security and software.

Intel's platform is like a set of building blocks based on the chipmaker's components and software for companies to create smart, connected devices, Doug Davis, head of Intel's Internet of Things business, said at a launch event in San Francisco.

It also aims to make it easier to connect to data centers in order analyze data collected from devices' sensors.

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

Building hybrid clouds, which mix together private and public-facing Internet

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LONDON (Reuters) - IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview.

Late on Tuesday, IBM announced the third in a string of billion dollar plus contracts, saying it had won a seven-year, $1.25 billion deal with WPP, the world's top advertising firm, to run WPP operations in the cloud.

Internet-connected device sector deals accelerating, report finds

Early consolidation led by Google, includes Cisco, Samsung, Vodafone and Verizon

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Investment in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices gathered pace this year and is set to attract more top U.S. technology and telecoms buyers of firms active in the market, a report from a merger advisory firm said on Thursday.

Corporate finance adviser Hampleton Partners' report said that $9.4 billion has been spent in the past three years to acquire so-called "Internet of Things" suppliers, with $5 billion, or more than half of the total, in the first nine months of 2014.

IBM signs 10-year multi-billion cloud deal with ABN Amro

Will provide managed services for mainframes, servers, storage

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - IBM has signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar deal to provide computer infrastructure services to Dutch bank ABN Amro running on its cloud systems, the U.S. information technology firm said on Monday.

The deal comes as the U.S. company is trying to gain momentum in the market for Internet-delivered services, known as cloud computing. IBM will provide fully managed services for mainframe computers, servers, storage and end-user computing as well as a help desk and other technical support. IBM did not disclose financial details of the deal.

Cisco to set up $80 million China cloud joint venture with TCL

Cisco to invest $16M for 20 percent stake in firm which has not been named

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.

Cisco will invest $16 million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, the filing said. TCL will pay $64 million for an 80 percent share. These investments will be made over three stages, each of which will require the approval of both parties. No timeframe for the investments was given.

Microsoft calls on U.S. FCC to approve AT&T's bid for DirecTV

AT&T has to convince the FCC that the merger is in the public interest

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet.

The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger. The commission is expected to reply to public comments on Oct. 16.

If the merger is approved, AT&T promises to expand its footprint to include an additional 13 million rural customers.

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

There are risks, including reliability, cybersecurity and legal liability

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DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than many expected.

CTIA: FCC's Wheeler urges operators to commit to 600MHz auction

US operators need to demonstrate their commitment to the incentive auction of 600MHz spectrum in 2015 if broadcasters are to overcome their reservations about the process, according to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Speaking during the keynote session at this week’s CTIA show in Las Vegas, Wheeler expressed frustration that so much of the telecoms industry has been “strangely silent” about the forthcoming sale of sub-1GHz spectrum given the constraints that operators say they are under.

Backhaul, M2M, and IoT at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week

See Core Technologies on Exhibit & Hear Business Applications Discussed by Experts

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The Mobile Backhaul Pavilion features exhibits from innovative infrastructure and core access vendors, including AOptix, Clearfield, and Vitesse Semiconductor.

To put the backhaul challenge in context, consider data from Cisco's Visual Networking Index, which forecasts that nearly five billion users and as many as 10 billion additional IoT and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices may be connected by 2018.