Dish misses revenue estimates as more subscribers ditch pay-TV

For investors, the big question has been what Dish plans to do with the its spectrum assets

Reuters

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp reported quarterly revenue that fell short of market estimates as more subscribers dropped its pay-TV service and growth in its online streaming service Sling TV showed signs of faltering.

The company said on Monday it had lost about 23,000 pay-TV subscribers on a net basis in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of about 12,000 a year earlier.

User defections rose to 1.86 percent of the company's subscriber base, compared with the 1.69 percent analysts surveyed by research firm FactSet StreetAccount had expected.

Foreign business lobbies ask China to revise cyber insurance draft rules

Extension of national security standards to the insurance sector may revive tensions with US

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign business lobbies have asked China to substantially revise proposed cyber security regulations for the insurance industry, signaling a dispute that started with the publication of similar bank technology rules earlier this year may widen.

UK unveils powers to spy on Web use, raising privacy fears

British bill goes beyond the powers available to security services in the United States

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.

Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of mass surveillance by British and U.S. spies in 2013.

India's telecom firms gear up for deals as competition heats ups

With about 980 million wireless users, India's mobile market trails only that of China

Reuters

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's crowded telecoms sector is preparing for a long-awaited shake-up as highly indebted players jostle for access to costly airwaves and brace for the launch of a deep-pocketed new rival backed by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani.

Ambani owns oil-to-retail conglomerate Reliance Industries, which is expected to begin offering fast data services across India by early 2016.

U.S. and UK to test financial cyber-security later this month

No date set, no final decision on the exact scenarios for the exercise or the banks that would take part

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and Britain will test later this month how its regulators would respond if their financial sectors suffered a major cyber-attack or broader IT problems, a British official said on Monday.

The test, for which no date has yet been set, will focus on how regulators for the world's two biggest financial centers in New York and London communicate in an emergency, a spokesman for British government cyber-security body CERT-UK said.

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U.S. court will not halt NSA phone spy program before ban

Circuit Court says it will not disturb Congress' decision to provide a 180-day period for an 'orderly transition'

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to immediately halt the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records during a "transition" period to a new federal scheme that bans the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said it would not disturb Congress' decision to provide a 180-day period for an "orderly transition" to a new, targeted surveillance system from the sweeping National Security Agency program that the court found illegal on May 7.

Nokia beats estimates and returns cash, Alcatel deal on track

Analysts had been wary about earnings after Ericsson posted disappointing results, citing slow demand in China

Reuters

HELSINKI/PARIS (Reuters) - Finnish network equipment maker Nokia reported stronger-than-expected quarterly profits as growth in China offset weaker demand in other key markets, and said it would return money to shareholders after acquiring Alcatel-Lucent.

The company said on Thursday it was on track to complete the proposed 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) takeover of its French rival in the first quarter of next year after securing regulatory approvals, and also brought forward its 900 million euro cost-saving target for that deal by a year to 2018.

U.S. sees new EU data-sharing pact within reach

Commerce Secretary Pritzker says 'Safe Harbour 2.0' will meet EU concerns about data transfer security

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A new transatlantic data-sharing agreement is within reach after the "Safe Harbour" deal used by thousands of companies to comply with EU privacy law was struck down by the highest EU court this month, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said.

The so-called "Safe Harbour 2.0" agreement currently being negotiated would meet European concerns about the transfer of data to the United States, Pritzker told journalists in Frankfurt on Thursday during a visit to Germany.

Alphabet, Indonesian companies to expand Web access via balloons

Solar-powered balloons to deliver Internet access to antennae connected to buildings on the ground

Reuters

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, has teamed up with three Indonesian telecommunications companies to expand Internet access in that country using solar-powered balloons.

Alphabet officials, including co-founder Sergey Brin, and representatives from Indonesian companies Telkomsel, XL Axiata Tbk PT and Indosat Tbk PT signed an agreement Wednesday to bring so-called Project Loon to the nation of 250 million people.

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