China Telecom to sell Microsoft's Xbox One from September

Will be the first gaming console to be released in mainland China since the government banned console sales in 2000

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd will sell Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said on Friday.

The Xbox One will be the first gaming console to be released in mainland China since the government banned console sales in 2000, citing games' effects on mental health.

Vodafone revenue dragged lower by Spain and South Africa

Operator hoping for a broader improvement in the second half of its financial year

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LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone reported another big quarterly drop in its main revenue measure, as weakness in South Africa and Spain offset stabilization elsewhere in Europe, and said a broader improvement is not expected until later in the year.

The world's second-biggest mobile operator is ramping up spending on new, faster 4G networks to satisfy customers' growing appetite for data.

Verizon to slow down speeds for some unlimited data subscribers

Customers on the company's tiered data plans will not be affected

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communication Inc's high speed wireless customers who subscribe to the company's legacy unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday.

The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages.

Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand, the company announced on its website.

Nokia's fortunes brighten on heavy network spending

Numbers follow similar positive surprises from its bigger rivals, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic.

The Finnish company sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft in April, leaving it more reliant on a mobile network equipment business that shrank by 8 percent in the April-to-June quarter.

U.S. app to help emergency responders communicate in crisis

Intended to supplement and not replace traditional emergency communications

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A mobile app from a law enforcement technology firm could soon allow emergency responders from different agencies to communicate seamlessly with each other in a crisis for the first time, sharing files and conducting impromptu conference calls.

BlueLine Grid's applications target what has long been one of the most vexing challenges facing U.S. law enforcement and emergency responders. Communications breakdowns hampered responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 attack in New York and disasters including 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

Nortel Networks to pay U.S. bondholders up to $1 billion in interest

If approved by US, settlement could affect Nortel retirees in Canada and UK

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WILMINGTON Del. (Reuters) - Nortel Networks Inc, the U.S. unit of defunct Canadian telecom company Nortel Networks Corp, has agreed to pay up to about $1 billion in interest that has accrued on the $3.9 billion it owes to its U.S. bondholders, a court filing showed.

Thursday’s settlement comes as Nortel’s bankrupt units in Canada and Europe are fighting with the U.S. unit over how to divide $7.3 billion raised by liquidating the global telecommunications company.

FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

Cites mobile health-app study which found that developers collect consumer health data and give it to third-parties

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be shared with third parties.

Mexico telecoms overhaul starts to drag on America Movil

Regulations were initiated by President Enrique Pena Nieto to drive telecoms competition

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Carlos Slim's America Movil, Latin America's biggest telecoms company, said on Monday that new regulation in its core Mexico market was beginning to weigh on its performance.

Lower exchange rate and financing costs helped the company increase its profit by 32.7 percent to 18.83 billion pesos ($1.45 billion) in the second quarter. Revenue also rose 4 percent to 202.63 billion pesos.

But the results were below expectations forecast in a Reuters poll of five analysts of a net profit of 20.74 billion pesos ($1.6 billion).

Mobile Resource Management Driving Growth in the $200B Subprime Auto Finance Market

CDMA technology provides strong network access and coverage, even in remote and rural areas

CDMA-enabled telematics solutions are delivering the business intelligence that both dealers and lenders need to monitor and manage their vehicle assets as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Huawei's H1 revenue up 19 percent year-on-year at $22 billion

No. 2 telecom equipment maker expects to generate an operating margin of 18.3 percent in the first six months of 2014

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No. 2 telecom equipment maker, said on Monday it will achieve sustainable growth in 2014 after posting a 19 percent jump in first-half revenue to 135.8 billion yuan ($21.88 billion).

The Shenzhen-based company also said it expected to generate an operating margin of 18.3 percent in the first six months of 2014. The company did not elaborate in its brief statement.

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