Orange plans to offer mobile banking in France

Orange CEO Stephane Richard told Le Figaro the operator plans to partner with a French bank to offer mobile banking in early 2015. “Orange has the legitimacy to become a bank, it’s got a strong brand, 1,000 selling points and 27 …

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Myanmar invites bids for fourth operator

Myanmar invited local firms to step forward for a fourth mobile licence in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market. In a two-stage process, local public companies with registered capital of at least $2.3 billion are invited to state their …

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Baidu CEO: We are still interested in HERE

The consortium of German carmakers may look to be in pole position for mapmaker HERE, but no-one told Baidu’s CEO he is out of the race. Robin Li told Re/code: “We’re still interested. We only have the Chinese [mapping] data …

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Facebook marks Internet.org’s first birthday with new approach

Facebook said it is entering a new phase to how operators and developers join Internet.org, as it looks to scale up the affordable internet initiative. The social media firm launched a new partner portal through which operators sign up for …

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India’s Jio plans two-pronged 4G device strategy

India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm plans to market its long-anticipated 4G service through more than 1,000 ‘Jio Centres’ and will offer Jio-branded devices under its parent company’s retail unit, Reliance Digital. The operator, which is owned by Reliance Industries, is investing …

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Pakistan to ban BlackBerry’s enterprise services due to “security reasons”

Pakistan has ordered the country’s mobile operators to shut down BlackBerry’s secure messaging service by the end of November for “security reasons”. The Ministry of Interior has directed to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block BlackBerry’s secure Enterprise Services …

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BlackBerry to cut device line in software shift

BlackBerry chief John Chen said the company is reducing resources in the devices side of its business in line with its shift to focus on enterprise security and software. And this, he said in an interview with Fox Business, means that …

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Line targets emerging markets with Lite app

Japanese app giant LINE unveiled a “Lite” version of its core messaging app, which uses less storage space and data. With the company noting that its service is used by more than 205 million users monthly in 230 countries, it …

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GoPro set for editing app launch

Action camera company GoPro is set to launch an app to enable users to edit videos from smartphones, with a launch possible as soon as the end of summer. Speaking in a conference call, Tony Bates, president of the company, …

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