Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches

Facing intense competition in sector, and soft demand from telecom operators

Reuters

PARIS/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Shares in telecom network gear makers Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent jumped on Thursday after both posted strong second-quarter results, giving a positive signal ahead of their pending merger.

Nokia's 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent announced in mid-April aims to position the company to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei, by forging a strong number two in mobile with a more complete product line.

FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog

Task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, but 5 still lack a computer scientist

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats.

As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed.

Akamai forecasts revenue, profit below estimates; shares sink

Akamai, Limelight, and Level 3 face increasing competition from Amazon, Netflix, and Comcast

Reuters

(Reuters) - Online content distributor Akamai Technologies Inc forecast third-quarter revenue and profit below estimates, citing a stronger dollar.

Shares of Akamai, which claims to deliver between 15 and 30 percent of all Web traffic, fell as much as 13 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday.

The company's second-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent after 11 quarters of growth, as costs rose.

AT&T, DirecTV complete merger to form biggest pay-TV company

FCC will require AT&T to establish internal, and independent external, compliance officers

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company on Friday, completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final regulatory approval.

The newly expanded AT&T leapfrogs the biggest U.S. cable company Comcast Corp. The company said it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and more than 19 million in Latin America, making it the world's biggest pay-TV company.

Cloud services seen as growth driver for Amazon

Investors have raised concerns that the company's aggressive spending may not pay off

Reuters

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's shares surged more than 20 percent in early trading on Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company's market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant's cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit.

The company's market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the world's biggest retailer.

Ericsson profit beats forecast as U.S. sales stabilize

As mobile operators transition from initial 4G buildouts, suppliers focus on upgrading existing networks

Reuters

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ericsson, the world's No.1 mobile network equipment maker, topped second-quarter sales and profit forecasts and said its mainstay North American business had stabilized after three quarters of declines, lifting its shares as much as 6 percent.

Mobile operators in North America, which accounts for about a quarter of Ericsson's turnover, have largely finished building out the latest 4G networks, meaning suppliers are having to focus on upgrading congested parts of existing networks there.

Intel serves up revenue, profit beat as data center business grows

Growth in data centers and Internet-of-Things businesses helped offset weak demand for PCs

Reuters

(Reuters) - Intel Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday as growth in its data centers and Internet-of-Things businesses helped offset weak demand for personal computers that use the company's chips.

Shares of the world's largest chipmaker, which also cut its full-year capital expenditure forecast for the second time, rose as much as 9.2 percent after market before paring some of their gains.

China's ZTE to partner with Softbank on 'pre-5G' technology in Japan

Commercial trial to begin early next year

Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp said on Friday it has struck a deal with SoftBank Corp to deploy its "pre-5G" technology in Japan, with a commercial trial to begin early next year.

ZTE has touted its "pre-5G" technology as providing faster speeds on 4G network. It sees it as intermediate step between current 4G technology and 5G, the next generation of networks that the wireless industry is hoping to have up and running by 2020.

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems 'controllable'

Critics have argued that the extensive nature of the law constitutes national security overreach

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses.

A core component of the law, passed by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), is to make all key network infrastructure and information systems "secure and controllable".

President Xi Jinping has said China's security covers areas including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment.

Cisco to buy OpenDNS for $635 million to boost security business

Uses predictive intelligence to block malware, botnets and phishing threats that antivirus and firewalls miss

Reuters

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc said on Tuesday it would buy OpenDNS, a privately held cloud-based security firm, for $635 million, the latest move to boost its security business as cyber attacks increase in number and sophistication.

Cisco has been buying a number of security companies, which has made its relatively tiny security business one of its fastest growing areas in the past two years.

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