Microsoft announces permanent closure of retail stores

Written on Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:44
After temporarily closing its Microsoft Stores in March because of the pandemic, the company has decided to make it permanent. The company said that the move will “result in a pre-tax charge of approximately $450 million” which “includes primarily asset write-offs and impairments.” Microsoft will move its retail operations online, keeping just four locations and transforming them into "experience centers." "Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on Microsoft.com, and stores in Xbox and Windows," the statement said.…
Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, raised a new argument which accused the Canadian police and border agents of colluding with the FBI. At a court hearing in a British Columbia Supreme Court on Monday, Meng’s defense lawyer, David Martin, has argued that Canadian officials purposely delayed her arrest in December 2018 by several days in order to gather evidence for the FBI during the stopover. Adding that the “pre-planned scheme” gave authorities the opportunity to go through her personal…

Twitter’s CEO pledges $1bn to coronavirus relief

Written on Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:38
Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey has pledged $1 billion of his personal fortune to Covid-19 relief. The money comes from his share in Square and equates to almost a third of his overall net worth. Dorsey said in a series of tweets that he would transfer his equity in his digital payments group Square to his limited liability corporation Start Small, contributing around 28 percent of his overall wealth. The move could be the largest from a single…

ITU deems Moscow a pioneer of smart sustainable cities

Written on Thursday, 12 March 2020 10:22
The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published the results of its ‘United for Smart Sustainable Cities’ initiative (U4SSC) which highlights Moscow’s efforts in digitally transforming the city, according to the Moscow Department of IT. ITU experts named Moscow a pioneer in smart technology, which could serve as a blueprint for other cities around the world. In 2019, Moscow worked on a study with ITU on such a large scale by undertaking an analysis of three spheres: economy, environment, society…
Just-ITC, the fast growing Dubai-based telecom consultancy company, has announced that it is now a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ‘Development Expert’ Study Group. This international study group works towards developing relevant and meaningful indexes and rating methods to measure the development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sectors across the globe. The indexes reflect the real development of the ICT sector by taking into consideration global ICT trends as well as social, economic and environmental aspects. From…

Telecom Italia in talks with Open Fiber about potential merger

Written on Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:28
Telecom Italia today confirmed that it has been in talks with Italian network provider, Open Fiber, to potentially merge and initiate a full fiber network rollout. The discussions have been ongoing between the two companies since June 2019. Back then, the Italian government made it clear that they would prefer it if one operator would provide the country with fiber optic networks. Late last year, Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s deputy Prime Minister said, “We are working to set the conditions…
In 2018 Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) published findings on AppleJeus – an operation aimed at stealing cryptocurrency carried out by prolific threat actor the Lazarus group. The new findings show that the operation has continued with more careful steps from the infamous threat actor, improved tactics and procedures and the use of Telegram as one of its new attack vectors. Victims in the UK, Poland, Russia and China, including several connected to cryptocurrency business entities, were affected…

US sets deadline for Huawei and ZTE designation

Written on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:07
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it will accept public comments until Feb. 3 on its determination that China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp pose national security threats. In a document published by the FCC, it reports that interested parties can submit responses on Huawei and ZTE’s designation, which aims to prevent money from the US Universal Service Fund being used to purchase kit from companies deemed a national security risk. “The FCC adopts a rule that…

Spectrum and regulatory policy in the Race for 5G

Written on Thursday, 02 January 2020 07:20
A special report by Telecom Review 5G technical investigative team As many operators around the globe have or are preparing to deploy and launch 5G networks and devices, the 3.5 GHz band has emerged as the de-facto band for most deployments, which has created economies of scale for devices and network equipment.

Google’s founders step back from top roles

Written on Thursday, 05 December 2019 06:23
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced they are stepping down from top roles at the online giant's parent company, Alphabet.
Under the watchful gaze of Samsung Electronics security personnel, health and safety staffer Ko Jee-hun stood outside his semiconductor plant, handing out leaflets touting the benefits of joining a trade union. For almost 50 years the firm avoided unionisation of its employees -- sometimes adopting ferocious tactics according to critics -- while rising to become the world's largest smartphone and semiconductor manufacturer. It is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung Group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates,…

There is always good in people!

Written on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 09:07
By Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on December 19, 2018 Meng Wanzhou has kept a diary for years. Below is what she wrote on December 19, 2018: Last night, a letter from a Japanese citizen went viral on my WeChat Moments, and this letter has really warmed my heart. As the old saying goes, there is always good in people! Before I ran into difficulties, I hadn't known that so many people I don't know personally cared…
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