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Telia holds talks over potential acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting

(Telecompaper) In response to media speculation, Telia Company said it is negotiations regarding a potential acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting. Content is an important part of Telia’s future strategy and it continuously investigates possibilities in this and other areas, the operator said. The discussions with Bonnier are to be seen in that context, it added. Source: Industry News (syndicated from

Google, Facebook face first complaints under EU GDPR by Schrems group NOYB

(Telecompaper) The data protection group NOYB (None of your business) has filed the first complaints under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which took effect on 25 May. The group backed by privacy activist Max Schrems filed cases with national data protection regulators against Google (Android) in France, Instagram in Belgium, WhatsApp in Germany and Facebook in Austria over so-called ‘forced consent’, where users are required to allow access to their personal data in order

Apple wins USD 539 mln in latest patent ruling against Samsung

(Telecompaper) Samsung must pay Apple USD 539 million for infringing patents related to the iPhone’s design, a US federal jury found. The decision in the US District Court in San Jose, California increases the amount that Samsung previously was ordered to pay Apple for the patents under dispute, from USD 399 million to USD 539 million, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from

Telefonica, Netflix ink global content integration deal

(Telecompaper) Telefonica has announced a multi-year agreement to integrate Netflix into its entire TV and video portfolio across Europe and Latin America. In a statement, the operator said Netflix content will be added to its Movistar+ pay-TV and OTT platform in Latin America in the next few weeks, while the launch in Spain is planned for the end of this year. Without disclosing any pricing details, Telefonica revealed that the Netflix app will be integrated

Deutsche Telekom outlines growth strategy, plans more cost reductions

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has updated its financial targets at a Capital Markets Day in Bonn. The same as the period 2014-2018, the German operator targets revenue growth of 1-2 percent, adjusted EBITDA growth of 2-4 percent and free cash flow growth of 10 percent on average per year over the period 2017 to 2021. In addition the company plans to to shift its dividend to growth based on adjusted EPS, rather than free cash flow

Lenovo posts FY loss as mobile losses offset PC recovery

(Telecompaper) Lenovo posted a net loss for its fiscal year to March of USD 189 million, versus a profit of USD 535 million a year earlier, hurt by continued losses at its smartphone and data centre businesses and a writedown of tax assets after the US corporate tax reform. Revenues rose 5 percent to USD 45.35 billion, as the PC division returned to growth, while operating profit dropped 42 percent to USD 387 million. The

Comcast confirms plans for 21st Century Fox offer, outbidding Disney

(Telecompaper) Comcast has confirmed it’s preparing a bid for much of 21st Century Fox that would beat Disney’s earlier offer of USD 52.4 billion. The company did not disclose the terms of its expected bid, but said it would be all cash, rather than the shares offered by Disney, and cover the same assets, excluding the Fox network and cable channels.  Source: Industry News (syndicated from

Nordic countries partner to take early 5G lead

(Telecompaper) The prime ministers of the Nordic region have signed a letter of intent concerning 5G development. They declared their commitment to creating the conditions in the public sector for digitisation and 5G to flourish. They have agreed to the common vision of being the first and most integrated 5G region in the world, creating a common Nordic 5G space. Source: Industry News (syndicated from

HTC unveils new flagship U12+ smartphone

(Telecompaper) HTC has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the U12+. With the slogan ‘living on the edge’, the device builds on the previous HTC squeeze features to allow users to control the 6-inch device with one hand touching the edges. The Edge Sense 2 system recognises which hand is holding the phone, so gestures such as squeezing the device, doubling clicking the side or holding down can launch common functions such as the camera, zooming

Xiaomi launches retail presence in France and Italy

(Telecompaper) Chinese brand Xiaomi has started officially selling its products in France ahead of the opening of its Italian store on 24 May. In a statement Xiaomi said its French commercial push includes its own e-commerce site and its first authorised Mi Store at 39 Boulevard de Sebastopol in Paris. It has also partnered with e-commerce platforms such as Cdiscount, Amazon, Auchan, Boulager, Fnac, Darty and Carrefour, and with local offline retailers, to present