Nokia close to buying Alcatel's mobile networks unit: Les Echos

The French business daily said an announcement could come 'quickly'

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia Oyj is close to a deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent's mobile networks unit to boost its core business especially in the United States and China, Les Echos newspaper reported on Monday.


The French business daily said an announcement could come "quickly," citing a source close to the matter. The paper said meetings between managers at the two companies had increased since January.


Alcatel and Nokia declined to comment.

Chinese hackers target Southeast Asia, India, researchers say

The Cyberspace Administration of China, the Internet regulator, did not respond to requests for comment

Reuters

(Reuters) - Hackers, most likely from China, have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade, researchers at internet security company FireEye Inc said.


In a report released on Monday, FireEye said the cyber espionage operations dated back to at least 2005 and "focused on targets - government and commercial - who hold key political, economic and military information about the region."

Google anti-trust foes see friend in new EU competition chief

Newfound hope that Brussels will take action at last to curb behavior by the U.S. Internet giant?

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After waiting more than four years for Brussels to resolve his anti-trust complaint against Google while traffic to his website plunged by 80 percent, Michael Weber of German online mapping service Hot-Map.com held out little hope of success. Until now.


He says a meeting with the new competition chief of the European Commission has left him with newfound hope that Brussels will take action at last to curb behavior by the U.S. Internet giant, which he blames for hurting his business.

U.S. FCC imposes $25 million fine on AT&T over customer data breach

Data was used by call center employees to request handset-unlock codes and shared with third parties

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines, the U.S. communications regulator said on Wednesday.


The breaches led to unauthorized disclosure of names and full or partial Social Security numbers and illegal access to account information of about 280,000 U.S customers of AT&T, a senior FCC official told reporters on a conference call.

Singtel buying U.S. cyber security firm Trustwave for $810 million

Moving away from being a pure-play telecoms company, pursues areas such as 'digital life'

Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Telecommunications, Southeast Asia's largest telecommunications operator by revenue, is buying U.S.-based cyber-security firm Trustwave for $810 million, marking its biggest acquisition outside the main telecoms sector.


The deal comes as Singtel is moving away from being a pure-play telecoms company and pursues expansion in areas such as "digital life", which includes mobile video and digital advertising, and cyber security through partnerships with FireEye Inc and Akamai, among others.

Rights group sues DEA over bulk collection of phone records

Asks court to declare program unlawful and to bar the DEA from collecting call records in bulk again

Reuters

(Reuters) - Opening another front in the legal challenges to U.S. government surveillance, a human rights group has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration for collecting bulk records of Americans' telephone calls to some foreign countries.


Lawyers for Human Rights Watch filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare unlawful the DEA program, which ended in September 2013 after about 15 years, and to bar the DEA from collecting call records in bulk again.

Destructive hacking attempts target critical infrastructure in Americas

OAS survey finds 40 percent of respondents have battled attempts to shut down their computer networks

Reuters

A poll by the Organization of American States found that 40 percent of respondents had battled attempts to shut down their computer networks, 44 percent had dealt with bids to delete files and 54 percent had encountered “attempts to manipulate” their equipment through a control system.

IBM forges mobile app partnership with China Telecom

State-owned carrier to host IBM's MobileFirst service, allowing corporations to manage iPhone and iPad apps

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - International Business Machines (IBM) has struck a deal with China Telecom Corp Ltd to offer and manage corporate-grade mobile apps, the latest in a string of tie-ups with Chinese firms.

Under the agreement, state-owned China Telecom will host on its servers IBM's MobileFirst service, which helps corporations manage apps for Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad devices.

China Internet authority denounces Google certificate rejection

Users of Chrome may get a warning when attempting to visit sites certified by CNNIC

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese Internet regulator on Thursday slammed as "unacceptable" a decision by Google Inc to no longer recognize its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.

Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer recognize the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) certificate authorities, following a joint investigation between the company and CNNIC into a potential security lapse last month.

GM to earn $350 million over three years from 4G technology in cars

CFO Stevens says OnStar's 4G LTE connection is an 'untapped, under-appreciated opportunity'

Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, the No. 1 U.S. automaker's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Chuck Stevens, speaking at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, called GM's OnStar 4G LTE connection an "untapped, under-appreciated opportunity."

4G LTE is a wireless connection that allows faster flow of data and developing better in-car technology is critical to automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers.

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