Ford turns back to Microsoft to build connected-car services

Azure would allow Ford owners to automatically update Sync 3 infotainment system wirelessly

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DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is turning to one of its early technology partners, Microsoft Corp, to help expand the automaker's connected car services.

Among the features that Ford plans to offer later this year through its new Service Delivery Network is the ability to automatically update its new Sync 3 infotainment system wirelessly. The service will run on Microsoft's cloud-based Azure platform.

Eighty percent of global merchants fall short on card data security compliance

Report of data from 30 and 5,000 firms finds only 20 percent to be fully compliant

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four out of five global retailers and other merchants failed interim tests to determine whether they are in compliance with payment card data security standards, putting them at increased risk of cyberattacks, according to a new report by Verizon Communications Inc.

Computing, telecoms industries set on collision course

At the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the brewing battle was apparent

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(Reuters) - Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks.

The shift, while in its early stages, involves relying on ever cheaper computer boxes and powerful software that promises to make networks more flexible and efficient.

Alibaba opens first U.S. cloud center, enters hotly contested market

IDC says public cloud services market could grow to $100 billion by 2017

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HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition.

The new California data center marks the Chinese company's latest measured expansion onto American soil, and into a hotly contested U.S. market now dominated by Amazon.com Inc , Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.

From MWC, Italtel CEO says operators must upgrade to all-IP core to survive

Customer Value and Quality of Experience must be at core of transformation, said Stefano Pileri

BARCELONA – Operators wanting to stay afloat in the rapidly changing telecoms market will need to massively transform their infrastructure in terms of guaranteed bandwidth, communications security, low latency rate and minimum cost for increased capacity, Italtel’s CEO Stefano Pileri has warned.

Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

Partnership designed to make operators more competitive with Google, Facebook and Amazon

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and chipmaker Intel have agreed a partnership deal to help network operator customers build datacenters, putting them on a more competitive footing against big, cloud-based Internet firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

"We will build datacenter equipment which will actually have the same performance as many of the big cloud providers are doing for themselves," Ericsson's chief executive, Hans Vestberg, told a news conference at the Mobile World Congress telecoms trade show in Barcelona on Monday.

Europe's big telecoms roar back to health, worrying rivals

Incumbents gained broadband market share in 1H 2014 for first time in 8 years

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PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure, drawing crowds of new investors and protests from rivals who worry the formerly state-owned companies may rebuild their monopolies.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor  have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector.

IBM targets $40 billion in cloud, other growth areas by 2018

Revenue growth strategy includes analytics, mobile, social and security

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(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.

The aggressive target, set by IBM executives at the company's annual investor meeting in New York on Thursday, is the latest step for the technology giant towards emerging, high-margin businesses, and away from its previous strongholds in hardware and servers.

Qualcomm deal sparks China smartphone patent skirmishes

Settlement has allowed wireless patent holders like ZTE and Huawei Technologies to seek royalties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Last summer, lawyers from Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp began writing to half a dozen local handset makers it believed used its patents. Its message was simple: it's time to pay up.

ZTE's efforts to collect patent royalties - months ahead of Qualcomm Inc's China antitrust settlement this week, according to people with knowledge of the matter - shows how that deal has already changed the way China's booming smartphone industry does business.

Telecity looks to 'cloud' growth with $2.2 billion Interxion deal

Demand for premium data centers driven by processing for smartphones

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LONDON (Reuters) - British data center provider Telecity Group Plc has agreed a non-binding $2.2 billion all-share deal to buy New York-listed Interxion Holding NV, looking to tap growing demand for "cloud" technology.

Shares in Telecity, which like its new partner operates some of the huge computer centers which process traffic on the Internet, rose more than 16 percent to their highest in some 19 months.

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