Chinese firms pour money into U.S. R&D in shift to innovation

Rapid growth in China's U.S. investments to be key topic at this week's economic and security talks

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Surging investment by Chinese companies in U.S. research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation.

Largely absent from American research hubs a decade ago, Chinese firms including Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp are now using U.S. researchers to create patents ranging from new software to internet infrastructure, according to an analysis of Thomson Reuters' global intellectual property database.

Facebook gaining ground on YouTube in video ads, report says

Online video growing faster than any other digital category, rising 33 percent in 2014

Reuters

FRANKFURT/PARIS (Reuters) - Facebook is gaining ground on Google's YouTube as an outlet for big companies to market their products via online videos, the fastest growing category of Internet ads, a report published on Monday said.

The competition for video viewers opens up a new front in the clash between the two web giants that already compete in other types of advertising given their appeal to young and international consumers, Ampere Analysis said in a study.

Still an underdog, but China government deals help Alibaba's cloud ambitions

Building up expertise to become a global player requires a great deal of money, time and resources

Reuters

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is an underdog in the global cloud computing industry, but it has one thing going for it: it's Chinese.

Alibaba this week scored a minor deal with China's northeastern port city of Dalian to build a cloud computing center and provide online government services such as bill payment.

The pact is a small part of a growing portfolio of similar cloud services tie-ups between Alibaba and government bodies around China and comes against a backdrop of Beijing's deepening paranoia about foreign technology.

Cisco to invest $10 billion in China expansion

Announcement follows high-level meetings between top executives and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco plans to invest more than $10 billion in China along with local business partners over the next several years, the U.S. network equipment maker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to shore up its position against strong domestic rivals.

Cisco, the world's biggest maker of switching equipment and routers that run the Internet, announced the investment plans following high-level meetings between top executives and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and other government agency leaders.

Nokia CEO says to get back into phones: Manager Magazin

Analysts expect Microsoft to write off all or part of the $7.2 billion paid for Nokia's handset unit

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nokia, once the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, plans to start designing and licensing handsets again once an agreement with partner Microsoft allows it to in 2016, its chief executive told Germany's Manager Magazin.

"We will look for suitable partners," Rajeev Suri said in an interview published on Thursday. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."

Airbus to build satellites for OneWeb to beam Internet from space

$1.5-2 Billion project bankrolled in part by London-based Virgin Group and Qualcomm

Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - Europe's Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide, company officials said on Monday.

About 700 of the satellites, each of which will weigh less than 330 pounds (150 kg), will be launched into orbit around Earth beginning in 2018. The rest will stay on the ground until replacements are needed, said OneWeb, based in Britain's Channel Islands.

Networks must improve for Iraq to be Internet transit hub: executive

Refusal to allow private companies to own fixed networks has slowed broadband build-out

Reuters

(Reuters) - A more reliable terrestrial broadband network could enable Iraq to become a transcontinental transit route for Internet traffic, a senior executive at one of two firms providing submarine connectivity to the war-torn country told Reuters.

Iraq is ideally located to carry Internet traffic between Asia and Europe and built a submarine cable landing station at Al Faw on Iraq’s Gulf coast to do so.

BlackBerry move to embrace Android may bring unexpected reward

Financial and tech analysts agree the move presents challenges, but little downside

Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's move to embrace Android may be aimed at lifting revenue from its software and device management segment, but analysts say it may inadvertently give its device arm a fillip and a new lease on life.

"From the standpoint of marketing, this is a great way for BlackBerry to get visibility. It really doesn't hurt them much, and the upside is high," said Rob Enderle, who runs technology consulting firm Enderle Group.

Watchdog proposes price controls for BT's high-speed business lines

Ofcom opens a consultation on what controls would apply to some wholesale leased line prices

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's telecoms regulator Ofcom has proposed controlling the prices BT can charge for some of its high-speed business lines, following up on a review which recognized the former state monopoly's "significant" market power.

Ofcom said it was opening a consultation on what price controls would apply to some of BT's wholesale leased line prices, which could result in price cuts for customers in the 2 billion pound ($3.10 billion) market.

Court declines to suspend U.S. net neutrality rules

Decision puts suit on expedited schedule, but does not indicate how the court may ultimately rule

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. Internet traffic regulations, known as net neutrality rules, will go into effect on Friday after a federal appeals court rejected the telecommunications industry's request to partly suspend their implementation while they are being litigated.

The ruling on Thursday marked an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader enforcement authority over Internet service providers is being challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless industry groups.

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