Intelsat 29e, the First Intelsat EpicNG Satellite, Successfully Launched into Orbit

Launch begins a new era of high throughput satellite services

Luxembourg:

Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, today announced that Intelsat 29e, the first of the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellites, was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. Liftoff occurred at 6:20 pm EST. The Intelsat 29e satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage 38 minutes after launch, at 6:58 pm EST, and signal acquisition has been confirmed.

Seven global telecom companies join Global Network Initiative, promote privacy across ICT

Move extends GNI’s global company constituency to encompass Internet and comms companies

From February 1st, Millicom, Nokia, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone Group will have official observer status within the GNI. Observer status, which lasts for one year and precedes full GNI membership, is an opportunity for the ID companies to engage directly within GNI’s unique multi-stakeholder forum of ICT companies, human rights and press freedom groups, academics and investors.

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Jasper Technologies, Inc.

Acquisition brings together a complete IoT service solution

San Jose, CA:

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today its intent to acquire Jasper Technologies, Inc., a privately held company based in Santa Clara that delivers a cloud-based IoT service platform to help enterprises and service providers launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $1.4 billion in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention based incentives.

The Future of Mobile is All About the Customer

New players threaten to turn the industry on its head and tap into a generally unhappy customer base

The current model for mobile operators is not working: two-year strict contracts, poor online experiences and highly inconsistent in-store customer interaction models are not going to keep mobile customers coming back for more. Today’s customers are empowered to make quick decisions based on the level of service they’re getting – and they expect a lot. If their service expectations aren’t being met, they will look to the next provider and take their business elsewhere, and the strict parameters set by mobile operators to lock their business in isn’t going to work for much longer.

Sony says bracing for smartphone slowdown after sensor sales dip

Company struggling to compete with rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

Reuters

Tokyo (Reuters) -Sony Corp , widely regarded as a key supplier of image sensors for Apple Inc's iPhones, said on Friday it was bracing for a slowdown in the premium smartphone market after sales of its sensors fell in the third quarter.

U.S. utilities worry about cyber cover after Ukraine grid attack

A similar attack in the US could leave millions of people in the dark.

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month.

The Dec. 23 incident in Ukraine was the first cyber attack to cause a power outage, and is one of just a handful of incidents in which computer hacking has caused physical effects on infrastructure rather than the loss or theft of electronic data.

Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

Negotiators given deadline to resolve issues but hurdles remain

Reuters

Washington/ Brussels (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.

HSBC says internet banking services down after cyber attack

Internet & mobile services have partially recovered, work still in progress to restore full service

Reuters

London (Reuters)- HSBC is working with law enforcement to catch those behind a cyber attack that forced its personal banking websites in the UK to shutdown, its second major service outage this month, the bank said on Friday.

EU, U.S. officials tackle last hurdles in data pact talks ahead of key deadline

New deal is crucial for the thousands relying on "Safe Harbor" to move data from the EU to the U.S

Reuters

Brussels (Reuters)- European and U.S. officials are rushing to finalize a key data transfer pact days before a meeting of EU regulators who are poised to start restricting transatlantic flows of personal data used by firms in the billion dollar online advertising industry.

PayPal's revenue beats Street view on higher transactions, customers

The company said it processed 450 payments per second on Cyber Monday

Reuters

(Reuters) - Payment processor PayPal Holdings Inc on Wednesday reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, as new customer additions and payment processing volumes surged, and it announced a buyback of $2 billion of its stock.

PayPal said it expects 2016 full-year earnings of $1.09 to $1.14 per share, and revenue growth of 16-19 percent on a currency neutral basis. It expects currency fluctuations to impact net revenue by 3 percentage points during the year.

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