Senate approves major cybersecurity bill

Skeptics of CISA have said it would do little to prevent malicious breaches

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at bolstering the country’s cyber defenses, advancing the first serious attempt in Congress to combat computer hacks that have hit a growing number of businesses and government agencies in recent years.

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Ericsson profit misses forecasts, hit by China slowdown

Reinforces concerns that another major growth market had passed its peak

Reuters

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Slowing demand for new mobile networks in China pushed third quarter sales and profit for Sweden's Ericsson below forecasts and reinforced concerns that another major growth market had passed its peak.

Like-for-like sales at Ericsson, the world's biggest maker of mobile telecoms network equipment, dropped 9 percent in the third quarter, with declines in China and Europe.

Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon give Wall Street reason to cheer

Cloud computing remains the priority for all 3, as large enterprises shift to hosted data services

Reuters

(Reuters) - Google parent Alphabet Inc, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc made headway in the latest quarter in the areas that will be their main engines of growth for years to come, driving up shares across the tech sector on Friday.

Shares of all three surged in early trading, adding more than $120 billion to their combined market value - more than the gross domestic product of Morocco.

For Alphabet, search traffic on mobiles surpassed desktop traffic worldwide for the first time, while Amazon was able to boost margins, an area of concern, as its cloud business boomed.

Senate considers controversial cyber security bill

Any version of CISA passed by the Senate would have to be reconciled with the House bill

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday began debating a long-delayed bill that would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without concern about lawsuits.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate could pass the bill within days. "We intend to pass the cyber security bill," he told reporters, "hopefully by early next week."

FCC sets bid prices, application filing dates in airwaves auction

Applications to participate in the reverse auction must be filed in early December

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday released opening bid prices for its airwaves auction in a public notice and also set the dates for broadcasters to file applications for the auction.

EU privacy regulators give EU, U.S. three months to find new data pact

The EU Commission and the United States have been in talks for two years to reform Safe Harbour

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Companies could face action from European privacy regulators if the European Commission and United States do not come up with a new system enabling them to shuffle data across the Atlantic in three months, the regulators said on Friday.

The highest EU court last week struck down a system known as Safe Harbour used by over 4,000 firms to transfer personal data to the United States, leaving companies without alternatives scrambling to put new legal measures in place to ensure everyday business could continue.

China gives conditional approval to Nokia-Alcatel deal

Terms mainly relating to wireless standards and patents were imposed to protect market competition

Reuters

BEIJING/HELSINKI (Reuters) - China's Ministry of Commerce on Monday approved Nokia's proposed acquisition of French rival Alcatel-Lucent with conditions, almost completing the 15.6 billion euro ($17.6 billion) deal's antitrust process.

The ministry said the Finnish telecom network equipment maker had agreed to meet certain terms by Dec. 10, mainly relating to the use of wireless telecommunication standards and patent licensing.

Intel's data center business seen rebounding in 2016

As spending on data center systems slows, analysts see more users taking to cloud services

Reuters

(Reuters) - Intel Corp's move to cut growth forecast for its highly profitable business that makes chips used in data centers may have disappointed investors, but analysts see the unit rebounding next year as more users take to cloud services.

Expanding the business is critical to Intel's efforts to reducing its dependence on the PC market, which has been shrinking for almost four years. Buying Altera Corp earlier this year was a step in this direction.

Mexican regulator requires new Telmex plan to open local network

Will require Telmex, owned America Movil, to modify the terms for use its fixed line infrastructure

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican telecoms regulator IFT said earlier this week that it will force Telmex to offer competitors better terms as it seeks to open up its local network, part of an effort to increase competition in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim.

The move will require Telmex, owned by Slim's America Movil, to modify the terms and conditions under which it will let other companies use part of its vast fixed line infrastructure.

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