China's ZTE refuses to bring executives to U.S., cites arrest fears

Civil and criminal probes allege ZTE in 2010 had a $120M contract with Iran's largest telecom firm


NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. criminal investigation into allegations that China's ZTE Corp for sold banned U.S. computer products to Iran has spilled into a civil dispute with a New York-based patent licensing firm, as ZTE has refused to make one of its top executives available for questioning over fears he will be arrested.

U.S. judge tells Cablevision to stop calling Verizon 'liar'

Initial print advertisements featured Verizon representatives with their 'pants on fire'


NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered Cablevision Systems Corp to stop running advertisements accusing rival Verizon Communications Inc of lying about having the fastest wireless network.

The ruling on Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Brown in Central Islip, New York, comes days after he ruled against Cablevision's own bid to block Verizon from advertising that it had the "fastest WiFi available" for misleading consumers.

China to put security teams in major Internet firms, websites

The law will strengthen user privacy protection, and elevates the government's powers


SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is planning to set up "network security offices" in major Internet companies and for websites so authorities can move more quickly against illegal online behavior, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.

Police should take a leading role in online security and work closely with Internet regulators, the deputy minister, Chen Zhimin, told a conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

Verizon's workers say no strike for now, union talks continue

Company says there is little progress in contract talks, and it is ready for a work stoppage


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired.

Since June, the unions have been in talks with Verizon over the company's plans to cut costs by controlling healthcare and pension-related benefits over a three-year period.

German carmakers buy Nokia maps to fend off digital rivals

HERE is the leading supplier of digital maps for most of the world's top carmakers


FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to buy Nokia's maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars.

Germany's three premium carmakers joined forces and will hold equal stakes in the business, known as HERE, clubbing together to keep the assets from falling into the hands of Internet rivals in Silicon Valley or China.

Globalstar location-tracking network vulnerable to hacking

Unlike Globalstar's satellite phone services, data from the devices is not encrypted in transit


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday.

Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches

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


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


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.

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

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


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.

Akamai forecasts revenue, profit below estimates; shares sink

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


(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.

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