Senate Intelligence Committee approves cybersecurity bill

Must be approved by full Senate, reconciled with similar legislation that passed the House in April

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill on Tuesday to encourage companies to exchange information with the government on hacking attempts and cybersecurity threats, officials said.

Despite concerns by some that the measure does not do enough to protect privacy, the committee voted 12-3 to advance the measure authored by its chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, their offices said.

Atmel buys Wi-Fi gear maker in push into 'Internet of Things'

Chipmaker joins a list of semiconductor companies positioning for the trend known as the IoT with aquistions

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(Reuters) - Touchscreen chipmaker Atmel Corp said it would buy Newport Media, a maker of low-power Wi-Fi and bluetooth gear, for $140 million to gain ground in a technology that helps connect everything through the Internet.

Atmel's shares were down 1 percent in early trading on Thursday.

With the deal, the chipmaker joins a list of semiconductor companies that are acquiring technologies to position themselves for the trend known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

EU clears Telefonica Deutschland's takeover of E-Plus

Raises prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets

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BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European regulators have cleared Telefonica's bid to consolidate the German mobile market by buying smaller rival KPN's E-Plus for 8.6 billion euros ($11.7 billion), raising prospects of more deals to come across Europe's telecoms markets.

The European Union's powerful antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday that Telefonica agreed to concessions - including selling some radio spectrum and renting out capacity on its network to smaller rivals - to ensure that the deal does not lead to higher prices for customers.

Microsoft sides with Qualcomm in showdown over connected home

Alliance is among a growing number of efforts for companies working alone or in groups to promote protocols for how smart devices should work together

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has joined Qualcomm Inc and other technology companies in a bid to establish standard ways for household devices like light bulbs and thermostats to talk to each other.

The Qualcomm-backed AllSeen Alliance is among a growing number of efforts for companies working alone or in groups to promote protocols for how smart devices should work together in a trend increasingly referred to as the Internet of Things.

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Aereo CEO calls decision 'massive setback'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet.

In a decision that could crimp consumers' hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc, a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law by using tiny antennas to broadcast TV content online to paying subscribers.

Wednesday's 6-3 decision, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, is a victory for traditional broadcasters such as CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox.

Satellite Ecosystem Alignment Improves Broadband Bottom Line

Satellite operators and service providers develop technology to meet rising broadband demand

In the telecommunications sector, there are two things of which we can be certain.  The first is that change is constant.  The second is that we will consume more data tomorrow than we did today.

The exploding popularity of entertainment options – combined with the increased availability of smart phones, tablets and laptops – has dramatically transformed how we consume content and communicate with one another. 

Google considering investment in new subsea cable: WSJ

Would connect data centers in Oregon and Japan with private 'B4' traffic

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(Reuters) - Google Inc is considering an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.
The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. (on.wsj.com/1isOMAv)
Google took a stake in a similar $300 million cable in 2010, according to the report. The Internet search company would use the new subsea cable to connect data centers in Oregon and Japan, the report said.

Verizon Wireless looking to buy Dish Network's spectrum - NY Post

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(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc unit Verizon Wireless is looking to buy satellite-TV operator Dish Network Corp's spectrum to improve wireless internet speeds, the New York Post reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Dish's shares were up 3.4 percent at $61.81 on the Nasdaq on Friday morning. Verizon Communications shares were little changed at $49.39.
The two companies have held informal, early talks about the spectrum, the report said.

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks, and is home to Samsung

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.
 
South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks and is home to Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker.

SoftBank CEO: sees new movement, hopes for more discussion after resistance on T-Mobile

U.S. authorities reluctant to reduc the number of main wireless providers

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TOKYO - SoftBank Corp CEO Masayoshi Son, who has met resistance from U.S. regulators to a possible acquisition of wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc, on Tuesday said there had been new movement in the past few months and expressed hope for more discussion.
 
He reiterated in an interview with a handful of reporters his stance that it would be good for U.S. consumers if his Sprint Corp, the No.3 U.S. mobile provider which SoftBank acquired last year, could become bigger and compete more effectively with the two largest carriers.
 

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