U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection

Setback for privacy advocates did not answer whether the NSA's actions were lawful


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court.

Inmarsat says new broadband network offers bright sales prospects

By 2020, the company expects the new network to generate $500 million a year


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.

Turkey's 4G tender outstrips predictions with bids of $4.5 billion

President had urged move straight to 5G, for which technical standards do not yet exist


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market.

The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made.

FTC has power to police cyber security: appeals court

Authority under 1914 law protects consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices


(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information.

The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to go forward.

Google launches Wi-Fi router for home use

Has also been working on providing faster Internet with its Google Fiber service in some U.S. cities


(Reuters) - Google Inc launched a Wi-Fi router on Tuesday, the latest move in the company's efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.

The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> and Walmart.com.

The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/1LhYhNB)

China summons Western tech firms, revives bank cyber rules

Foreign tech companies were briefly optimistic that the rules would be dropped


BEIJING (Reuters) - China has resumed work on a set of banking cyber security regulations it suspended earlier this year, reviving a potential source of friction with the United States just weeks before Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Washington as China's president, people with knowledge of the matter said.

India picks phone carriers among 11 firms awarded niche bank permits

Aim is for payments banks to piggy-back on existing retail or other networks


MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's leading mobile phone network operators Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India are among the 11 companies selected by the country's central bank to help set up "payments banks", aimed at granting millions of citizens access to basic banking.

Energy-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd, controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, which plans to set up a payments bank in a partnership with top lender State Bank of India (SBI), was also among the winners.

U.N. says expects states to respect privacy after AT&T spying report

New York Times cites newly disclosed NSA documents that date from 2003 to 2013


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations said it expects member states to respect its right to privacy and is assessing how to respond to a report that telecommunications company AT&T Inc helped the U.S. National Security Agency spy on the world body's communications.

The company gave technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Understanding the Telecom API Value Chain

For an API to be successful, everyone in the value chain must benefit

The value chain for telephony APIs takes many forms depending on the specific capabilities of an API. Generically, the network API value chain initiates from carrier which serves as the primary resource pool for assets and capabilities. Through network APIs these assets are exposed to developers.

Developers may have to work in conjunction with Web/Enterprise asset providers to integrate functionalities with other applications or web interfaces.

U.S. businesses lobby Obama on China tech protectionism concerns

Trade groups question the world's second-largest economy's commitments to open markets


BEIJING (Reuters) - American business groups are lobbying U.S. President Barack Obama to press Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on technology protectionism concerns during Xi's upcoming U.S. visit, according to a letter addressed to Obama seen by Reuters.

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