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Ma vs. Musk – is AI boom or doom?

Jack Ma and Elon Musk recently debated the future of AI, with one believing AI will bring humans more freedom from the menial tasks, and another seeing in AI the end of human beings in the current shape.

Telecoms news you may have missed

With days getting hotter, the pubs becoming more appealing and summer holidays last approaching, most would forgive you for missing a few of the telecoms stories from last week. We’ve got your back.

OTT video revenue explosion forecasted

Statistics unveiled by analysis firm Digital TV Research has projected a doubling in global OTT video streaming revenues from $26bn in 2015 to $51.1bn in 2020; highlighting the growing market share of OTT players in broadcasting.

Google & Samsung move to counter Apple Pay debut

Google has stoked the fire burning underneath the mobile payments industry by announcing its acquisition of “some exciting technology and intellectual property from Softcard to make Google Wallet better.” The payment software will come pre-installed as standard on Android phones running KitKat or higher with three of the big four carriers across the USA, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Alibaba buys $590m stake in Meizu to boost Aliyun mobile OS

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced it is investing $590 million to grab a minority stake in Chinese smartphone maker Meizu with the apparent aim of giving a boost to Aliyun OS – its own smartphone OS derived from Android that has so far failed to gain significant traction.

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