Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google’s appeal

Ad giant must now face up to class-action suit over wireless data grab

Google isn’t quite done dealing with the fallout of its Street View cars’ Wi-Fi snooping scandal.…

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

Não, obrigado… a good time to bury bad news in Brazil and India

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant’s original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West.…

US sets personal cloud privacy precedent

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

BT at last coughs to ‘major outage’ after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

Customers left fuming at the weekend

BT was hit by a huge DNS outage on Saturday morning but the telecoms giant was very slow to respond to customer complaints, it has been claimed.…

China awards FDD-LTE licences

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded FDD-based 4G licences to smaller carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The pair, which trail China Mobile, have both received FDD-LTE licences, giving them the opportunity to deploy more universally compatible FDD-LTE technology.

Docomo pitches soft programmable eSIM

Japanese incumbent operator NTT Docomo said it intends to introduce Japan’s first embedded SIM in M2M devices. The eSIM is software programmable, meaning it can be used on the networks of various international operators.

AT&T flogs America Movil stake

US carrier AT&T has offloaded an 8.27 per cent stake, worth around $5.6bn, in Latin American operation America Movil, as it seeks to fund its acquisition of DirecTV. The America Movil shares were snapped up by the company’s billionaire owner, Carlos Slim, via his holding company Inmobiliaria Carso.

Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter

Radio Dot: Skyscrapers could get mobile signal on 99th floor

Mobile phone hardware firm Ericsson has relaunched its Radio Dot indoor mobile base station, aimed at networks which want to provide indoor coverage for major corporate clients.…

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Upgrade looks highly likely to land in early July

Sharp-eyed Twitter chap @ebin_5 has spotted something interesting: a reference to folders in future versions of Windows Phone.…