Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand

Software giant Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand from its marketing following its recently completed acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business.

Verizon cosies up to Skype

Skype makes group video calling free

OTT communications provider Skype, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has announced that it will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge.

Google+ founder Vic Gundotra has left the firm

Google+ founder leaves firm

Web giant Google has been left without a leader for its Google+ social networking site after Vic Gundotra has stepped down as senior vice president for social at Google after almost eight years at the firm.

Facebook is acquiring Moves

Facebook puts the moves on Moves

On something of an acquisition spree at the moment, Facebook has picked up Finland-based activity tracker app Moves for an undisclosed sum.

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Free Facebook comes to Tigo Tanzania

Developing markets operator Millicom said Thursday that Tigo customers in Tanzania will be the first consumers in East Africa to get free access to Facebook on their mobile handsets. On the back of a similar service which launched in Latin America in December 2013, Millicom and Facebook have now extended the partnership to East Africa.

Altice is keeping busy in the M&A space

Comcast-Time Warner merger faces opposition

The potential merger between US cable firms Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been criticised by both video on demand service provider Netflix and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE).

AT&T has entered into an agreement with Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada

AT&T signs connected car deal with Volvo

US operator AT&T has entered into a multi-year agreement with Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to provide internet connectivity in vehicles in the USA and Canada starting this summer.

Telefonica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform

Telefónica launches mobile ad exchange

European operator group Telefónica has launched what it says is the world’s first telco-powered real-time mobile advertising exchange platform. The Spanish firm has teamed up with GSO Capital Partners, a division of US investment firm Blackstone, to create Axonix; a firm that intends to act as a marketplace for mobile publishers and advertisers to target adverts at consumers.

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Facebook kills app messaging in Europe to push standalone Messenger

Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app as a platform for communications, content and commerce. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead.

Brendan Eich has stepped down from his role as CEO at Mozilla

New Mozilla CEO steps down after 11 days

Open source software provider Mozilla’s co-founder and new CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down from his role just eleven days into his role. Eich was appointed CEO last Monday but the firm announced his resignation yesterday following backlash from Mozila’s developer community over his political views.

SK Telecom is offering super fast broadband

SK Telecom offers unlimited LTE data to subscribers

South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.

Amazon has launched its TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV

Amazon launches Fire TV set-top box

Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.

Facebook has outlined plans to provide internet connectivity to unconnected communities using technology such as drone aircrafts

Internet.org building drones to connect remote communities

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.

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UNICEF taps BT for online child safety programme

UK incumbent BT has announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote online safety for children. The three-year programme, dubbed ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, will involve the telco providing funding for BT experts to go into UK schools and train teachers on issues concerning online safety as well as leading workshops for teachers, parents and children on the issues.

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