Asia, led by India, driving the mobile ecosystem

Written on Sunday, 09 October 2016 09:31
The GSMA — which represents 800 mobile operators and 300 companies in the mobile ecosystem — has launched its inaugural Global Mobile Trends report, saying it shows Asia is now the growth engine of the mobile ecosystem. It estimates that more than one billion additional people worldwide will be connected to mobile networks by 2020, and that a third of these will come from India “underlining the country’s increasing position as the world’s most significant mobile growth market, overtaking China.”…

ITU: Standardizing innovation

Written on Monday, 03 October 2016 07:20
ITU is organizing the third Global Standards Symposium that will take place on 24 October 2016 in Hammamet, Tunisia and will be hosted by the Government of Tunisia. The exponential advancement of ICTs has dramatically improved real-time communication and information sharing, and has enabled billions to send, receive and impart digital information on a worldwide scale. But at the same time, it has become clear that the use of these technologies, which rely heavily on standardization outputs, brings about a…

German authorities block Facebook from sharing data with WhatsApp

Written on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 08:19
In one of many controversies surrounding WhatsApp’s decision to share user data with its parent company Facebook, on Tuesday, September 27, German data protection authorities announced that Facebook had been officially blocked from sharing subscriber data with WhatsApp, citing privacy concerns. In a statement citing reasons for the block, Hamburg’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Johannes Caspar, referred to Facebook and WhatsApp’s promise in the wake of the Silicon Valley giant’s 2014 acquisition, that the two companies…
Two journalists from Palestine, working for publications based in the occupied West Bank, claim that Facebook recently suspended their accounts and gave no explanation for doing so. The journalists allege that their accounts might have been censored because of a recent agreement between Facebook and the Israeli government aimed at tackling “incitement”. Journalists working for the Shehab News Agency, which boasts over 6.3 million likes on Facebook, and three executives from the Quds News Network, which has about 5.1 million…
The Delhi High Court in India ruled on Friday, September 23, that WhatsApp has to delete all user data it has on users who chose to opt out of its new policy of sharing information with its parent company Facebook. The new policy took effect on September 25. But WhatsApp is still free to share user data of those who haven’t opted out of the new policy, much to the dismay of two Indian students who have fought the internet…
On September 14, a major European Union proposal was announced that will subject OTT internet services like Facebook’s WhatsApp and Microsoft’s Skype to the same rules that traditional telecommunication firms must comply with. It was a victory for traditional telcos, as the European Commission recommended tighter security and privacy for the likes of WhatsApp and Skype. The proposal is part of a package of reforms proposed by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, which also includes a plan to provide…
A Russian cyber-criminal group known as ‘Tsar Team’ and ‘Fancy Bear’ recently publicly released stolen data from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) online, including medical data of Olympic stars including gold medalist Simone Biles and tennis champion Venus Williams. The hackers have reportedly threatened to leak more data in the future. It is alleged that the same hacker group is behind the U.S. Democratic National Committee hack which took place in June, revealing sensitive political strategy, and resulting in the…
Facebook was confronted on Friday, September 9, with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister, and Facebook users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo of a naked girl escaping a napalm bombing. By September 10, Facebook had restored the post by Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg which it had taken down. Facebook deleted the 1972 picture taken of a naked Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack, which…
Last week the European Commission ordered Ireland to reclaim 13 billion euros plus interest in back taxes from Apple, claiming the Californian tech giant’s ‘sweetheart’ tax arrangement with Ireland is illegal. In response, Irish ministers confirmed on Friday, September 2, that they will appeal against the European Commission’s ruling. Ireland’s decision to appeal the ruling reportedly split, with independent ministers saying they were reluctant to challenge the Commission’s decision. Apple on the other hand has strongly opposed the Commission’s ruling…
The massive back-tax bill the European Commission slapped on Apple has put a spotlight on $2.4 trillion in untaxed earnings parked offshore by U.S. companies, a tempting target for governments seeking to strengthen their finances. While Washington lays claim to rights to tax the money, critics say it represents profits transferred out of other countries' jurisdictions by accounting tricks. They say that the companies hold the money in no-tax or low-tax havens like Ireland to ensure it stays out of…
Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Target, Visa and General Motors are among 29 new private sector companies that have signed a pledge committing to equal pay for employees, the White House announced on Friday, August 26. The White House Equal Pay Pledge has over 50 company signatures. Pinterest, PepsiCo, Amazon, Airbnb, Spotify, and 23 other businesses had already signed the pledge. “Women employees at Apple earn one dollar for every dollar male employees earn,” Apple said in a statement. “We’re now analyzing…
The European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s unpaid taxes has caused a stir, with the United States Treasury now stepping in to defend the California-based tech giant. The Obama administration reportedly warned the EU on Wednesday, August 24, that its investigations into alleged tax avoidance by U.S. companies such as Apple, Amazon and Starbucks, could “create unfortunate international tax policy precedent”. The conflict between the U.S. and EU is outlined in a whitepaper commissioned by U.S. Treasury secretary Jack Lew, in…
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