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  • BBC wins green light for Scottish TV channel
    by Severin Carrell Scotland editor on April 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Ofcom gives provisional approval for £32m channel, with final decision expected in JulyThe BBC has received provisional approval to launch a new television channel in Scotland from the broadcasting regulator Ofcom.Costing around £32m, the high-definition channel is expected to go on air later this year, as part of the BBC’s efforts to address complaints from Scottish National party politicians, TV companies and some viewers that it has neglected Scottish audiences. Continue reading... […]

  • Time 100: Millie Bobby Brown becomes youngest to make influential people list
    by Nadia Khomami on April 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Stranger Things actor, 14, joins Prince Harry, Donald Trump and Sadiq Khan on magazine’s listMillie Bobby Brown, the supernatural star of the Netflix hit Stranger Things, has become the youngest person to be included in Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world.The 14-year-old British actor, who plays the telekinetic Eleven in the sci-fi drama, joins Prince Harry, Donald Trump and the rapper Cardi B on Time’s annual top 100 list. Continue reading... […]

  • Chat: Google’s big shot at killing Apple’s iMessage
    by Samuel Gibbs on April 20, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Tech giant behind Android corrals phone operators around the world to launch a unified SMS replacementGoogle has unveiled a new messaging system, Chat, an attempt to replace SMS, unify Android’s various messaging services and beat Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp with the help of mobile phone operators.Unlike traditional texting, or SMS, most modern messaging services – such as Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Apple’s iMessage – are so-called over-the-top (OTT) services, which circumvent the mobile phone operator by sending messages over the internet. Continue reading... […]

  • The tech titans must have their monopoly broken – and this is how we do it | Vince Cable
    by Vince Cable on April 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Facebook, Google and co pose a problem to society, not least because of data misuse and extreme content. Only some level of regulation will doData is the new oil. Just as John D Rockefeller’s Standard Oil swept up the spoils of the – initially competitive – oil rush, the future of the internet will be shaped by a handful of tech titans, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and their Chinese equivalents Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu. Today, around 90% of internet searches are via Google, and 94% of young people who use social media have a Facebook profile. Just 1% of smartphones use an operating system that isn’t iOS or Android – made by Apple and Google.But the challenge we now face has one key difference to that posed by the oil barons. Rather than price-fixing, many of the tech titans provide a largely “free” service to the public. Facebook and Google don’t make most of their money through selling services to users, but through advertising. Amazon and Apple, meanwhile, do make money the traditional way, but corner their markets through other means, by squeezing suppliers in the former case or locking in users through software and hardware exclusivity in the latter. So why do these new monopolies pose a problem? Continue reading... […]

  • Online anonymity has turned a global village into a lynch mob | Simon Jenkins
    by Simon Jenkins on April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

    We don’t actually know who is behind the antisemitic abuse on social media groups associated with the Labour party. We must unmask themThere is something strange in Labour’s antisemitism row. The abuse described by Labour MPs in the Commons on Tuesday was awful. Attacks on anyone on grounds of their race or religion are indefensible. Jeremy Corbyn’s support for certain lobbyists (and murals) indicates a serious lack of judgment, but being anti-Israel does not make him antisemitic, any more than my view of some Arab countries makes me anti-Muslim. Related: How Europe's 'breakthrough' privacy law takes on Facebook and Google Continue reading... […]

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  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Spotlight on United Group
    by Chris Dziadul on April 20, 2018 at 7:15 am

    United Group’s decision to invest an additional €293 million in Serbia over the next five years is certainly a vote of confidence in the country. Backed by the global investment fund KKR, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) a minority shareholder, United Group is already an important player in Serbia’s electronic communications […]

  • Thomas Arnoldner nominated as Telekom Austria CEO
    by Jörn Krieger on April 19, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Thomas Arnoldner will be nominated as the new CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group by the Austrian telco’s two main shareholders, América Móvil and Österreichische Bundes- und Industriebeteiligungen (ÖBIB). The supervisory board will confirm the nomination at its next meeting following the upcoming annual general assembly. Arnoldner is expected to take up his new position […]

  • RTL Nederland to merge OTT services
    by Robert Briel on April 19, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    RTL Nederland is to merge its two OTT activities, Videoland, RTL XL, into a single platform. Just recently RTL terminated its catch-ump service RTL Gemist, which was available for free on a number of smart TVs as well as on various distribution platforms including KPN and Ziggo. The combined platform provides the basis for further […]

  • NBC, Fox, Turner and Viacom create joint ad data
    by Julian Clover on April 19, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Four major US broadcasters are combining to offer advertisers automated buying, advanced formats and cross-platform measurement and currency for new platforms. The move has been instigated by NBCUniversal which has dropped its previous reluctance to join the OpenAP platform. NBC will now join with OpenAP, alongside Fox, Turner and Viacom, bringing with it data capabilities […]

  • HSE24 owners said to favour sale over IPO
    by Jörn Krieger on April 19, 2018 at 9:36 am

    US investment group Providence is moving ahead with plans to sell German home shopping TV network HSE24. Providence has selected Apax, BC Partners and Pamplona as second-round bidders, reports Reuters with reference to several people close to the matter. The suitors will get management presentations next week with a view to getting ready for final […] Mobile Phones - News Compare 250,000+ mobile phone deals & offers