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Egypt: Egyptsat-2 a Step Towards Egyptian Space Agency
[Egypt Online]Presidential Adviser for Scientific Affairs Essam Hegy said that new Egyptian Satellite (EgySat -2) is an essential step towards establishing the Egyptian Space Agency.
Africa: APP Takes Aim At Big Firms' Cut of Charitable Donations
[SciDev.Net]A Mexican mobile app, described as "the simplest and fastest way to make charity donations", could transform aid fundraising, its designers say.
Kenya: E-Readers Launched in Teso North
[The Star]A California-based nonprofit charitable organisation on Wednesday launched 25 e-readers to benefit 2,000 students in Teso subcounty. The e-readers are loaded with primary and secondary school curriculums.
Angola: Angolan Telecommunication System Improves Lately
[ANGOP]Huambo -The recovering of the Angolan telecommunication system, through various transmission resources, was stressed on Thursday by the director of Angola Telecom Company in the central Huambo province, Adriano Muteka Muholo, as one of the benefit of the political-military climate of stability in the country since the signing of peace agreement in 2002.
Somalia: Fiber Optic Connections Is Illegal Says Somali Government (photos)
[Dalsan Radio]The federal government of Somalia has said it is unlawful to start internet fiber optic connections without the passing the incomplete communication bill in the parliament.
Africa: Cites Trade Database Breaks New Ground With Open-Source Technology
[UNEP]Nairobi -Access to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Trade Database - which contains some 14 million records on the international trade in CITES-listed species - is now easier and more reliable, thanks to cutting-edge, open source technologies.
Kenya: Nokia Asha Users to Get Software Updates
[The Star]Users of Nokia's Asha range of phones who might be feeling unloved with all the focus presently turned on the Lumia range of smartphones, and the soon to be released Windows 8.1 operating system update, should also expect software updates for the Asha touch phones.
Kenya: Twitter Unveils New-Look Web Layout
[The Star]You'll soon be able to pin a choice tweet at the top of your profile page as one of a raft of measures the new-look microblogging site Twitter is set to introduce to its more than 645 million active users globally.
Kenya: Postal Services Battle to Contain Digital Rise
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Chad: Airtel to Deploy Chad's First 3G/4G Network
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Cable compendium: a guide to the week?s submarine and terrestrial developments
*TIME dotCom* of Malaysia has confirmed its participation in the previously announced *Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1)* submarine cable project. The 25,000km subsea system, which was unveiled in January 2014, will run from south east Asia to Africa and Europe through Egypt, connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Italy and France. Construction of the Malaysian segment is expected to commence in 2Q14, while the target completion date for the cable itself is 2016. Telecoms officials from *Azerbaijan* and *Kazakhstan* have entered into fresh discussions regarding the deployment of the trans-Caspian segment of the previously announced *Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM)* network, an unnamed source has told the Trend news agency. It is believed that Azerbaijan has now offered to finance the construction of the underwater segment, the previous stumbling block for the project. As previously reported by TeleGeography?s Cable Compendium, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2013, by *China Telecom* (China), *KazTransCom* (Kazakhstan), *Rostelecom* (Russia), *Turk Telekom* (Turkey) and Azerbaijan?s *Ministry of Communications and Information Technology*. According to internet intelligence company Renesys, on 8 March 2014 *Telenor Global Services* activated the first international internet connection out of Myanmar that did not rely on the services of incumbent *Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT)*. Prior to a few weeks ago, all international Internet access to Myanmar had been handled through the state-run telecoms firm. The sole submarine cable link to Myanmar is *Sea-Me-We-3*, which was built in 2000 and lands in Pyapon. *Rostelecom* is reportedly close to completing work on the submarine cable link across the Kerch Strait, which will connect Russia to the Crimean peninsula, bypassing Ukraine. Kommersant has reported that the construction of the 6km underwater component of the cable alone is estimated to cost between RUB400 million and RUB900 million (USD11.1 million to USD24.9 million). *Verizon Communications* has begun to roll out 100Gbps technology across its metro networks, via systems from *Fujitsu* and *Tellabs*. Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon Network Planning, commented: ?The cost-per-bit of 100G in the metro currently is not as cost-effective as it is in the long-haul network, so 100G in the metro won't be the default technology for a while?. Beginning in November 2007, the company successfully completed the industry's first field trial of 100Gbps optical traffic on a live system. Verizon currently has 39,000 miles of 100G technology deployed on its global IP network. *PCCW Global*, the international operating division of *HKT*, has signed an MPLS interconnection agreement that will enhance *Telecom Namibia?s* international network coverage. The agreement will see Telecom Namibia?s Ethernet and IP VPN service coverage extended to meet the needs of its overseas and regional customers via PCCW Global?s MPLS network, which covers more than 3,000 cities in over 130 countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. *XDSL*, a regional South African ISP, has entered into an agreement with *Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)* and *Conduct*, DFAs last-mile fibre network subsidiary. The agreement provides XDSL with access to DFA?s 8,000km fibre network, increasing the footprint and capacity of its national network. *Elta-Kabel* has deployed what it claims is the first residential fibre-optic broadband connection in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and has introduced a premium 200Mbps/100Mbps (down/uplink) subscription, priced at BAM119.94 (USD84.76) per month. Prior to the introduction of fibre broadband, the company offered maximum download speeds of 13Mbps over its two-way capable cable network. We welcome your feedback about the Cable Compendium. If you have any questions, topic suggestions or corrections, please email editors@commsupdate.com
StarHub ends ?free? 4G; plans to implement charges from 1 June
Singapore fixed and mobile operator StarHub has revealed plans to begin charging for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) ?4G Speed Boost? service on most ?SmartSurf? tariff plans from 1 June this year, meaning subscribers who still want to use 4G will have to pay SGD2.14 (USD1.71) a month for the service. TodayOnline reports that the changes will apply to the operator?s SmartSurf Lite, Value, Premium and Elite plans, but not to those customers subscribed to its SmartSurf HD product. Further, the company?s web site announcement classes the SGD2.14 fee as a promotional rate, and suggests that it may increase the price to SGD10.70 a month at a later time. StarHub originally unveiled 4G Speed Boost service when it first launched LTE-based mobile services in 2012, subsequently extending the ?free? period from March till December last year. A spokesperson for the operator says that StarHub is taking steps to ensure that its customers are aware of the changes being implemented and that they will be given ample opportunity to unsubscribe from 4G Speed Boost if they wish. *StarHub?s two domestic rivals in the city-state?s 4G segment M1 and SingTel Mobile have yet to follow suit in terms of charging for LTE. The former states that its ?4G VAS? (i.e. value added service) will remain free until December 2014, while SingTel states only that its rival ?4G Value Added Service? offer will be free until it so determines otherwise. Both companies also state a SGD10.70 per month figure as their ?usual? asking price.
Hungarian mobile subscriber base falls again in Q1
Hungarian telecoms regulator the National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH) has published its latest ?flash report? for the domestic mobile market, for the month ending 31 March 2014, reporting that there were more than 11.544 million mobile SIM cards registered at that date, down from 11.590 million at the start of the year. Of the total, the watchdog says that some 11.059 million SIMs were ?active? (i.e. generating traffic in the previous three months), compared to a figure of 11.113 million at 31 December 2013. At 1 April this year mobile penetration stood at 116.9% (compared against population data held by the Central Statistical Office), down marginally from 117.0% previously. *In terms of market share, T-Mobile Hungary accounted for 46.72% of all mobile subscribers at 31 March, up from 46.61% at the start of the year, ahead of Telenor (formerly Pannon) with 30.84% (30.88%) and Vodafone Hungary with 22.44% (22.51%). In terms of active subscriptions, T-Mobile Hungary is also far ahead with 46.31% (46.33%), followed by Telenor with 31.36% (31.38%) and Vodafone?s 22.33% (22.29%).
TIM Brasil board recommends bid for 4G 700MHz spectrum
The board of Brazilian wireless carrier TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has set out its stall to actively participate in the forthcoming auction of wireless spectrum in the 700MHz band suitable for the provision of 4G services. In a securities filing on Monday, TIM Brasil said that securing 700MHz spectrum in the regulator Anatel?s upcoming auction this August was ?a very important resource to strengthen 4G networks in Brazil and elsewhere in the world?.*As previously reported, TIM Brasil?s board has also approved a study to start evaluating the sale of its telecommunications towers in the country, as part of a bid to improve efficiency and ?create value? for its assets there. However, TIM Brasil stopped short of providing detail on the exact number of towers it intends to offload or indeed, the likely sums involved in any deal.
Zain to launch 4G before year-end
Zain Jordan, the nation?s largest cellco by subscribers, has secured 4G and 3G frequencies for a total of JOD192 million (USD270.2 million) and plans to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services with speeds of up to 150Mbps by the end of the year, the Jordan Times writes, citing officials from the company. Zain paid JOD142 million for the 4G frequencies and a further JOD50 million for additional 2100MHz spectrum to bolster its existing 3G airwaves. TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database notes that the nation?s incumbent cellcos Zain Jordan, Orange Jordan and Umniah boycotted the auction of 2G, 3G and 4G spectrum in mid-2013 in protest against the government?s decision to double taxes levied on mobile phones and services to 16% and 24% respectively. Consequently, the Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC) received just two bids for the frequencies, both of which were rejected for failing to satisfy the basic criteria for the tender. The TRC subsequently invited the incumbent trio to submit requests to acquire 4G frequencies and earlier this month it was reported that an unnamed cellco had broken ranks and entered an offer for the spectrum. *Having purchased its frequencies outside of the auction structure, it is unclear which spectrum range Zain?s new concession uses; the TRC had previously allocated airwaves in the 1800MHz, 2300MHz and 2600MHz for 4G use. Mohammad Taani, the chief commissioner of the TRC clarified that there are still frequencies available for Orange and Umniah, saying: ?There will be no exclusivity for Zain Jordan. Any other operator can acquire frequencies to introduce the services at any time.? Taani went on to note that the remaining duo had also now expressed an interest in entering the 4G market.
MTS Belarus secures fourth channel to boost 3G bandwidth
Belarusian mobile operator MTS Belarus has reportedly been allocated a fourth mobile radio frequency (RF) channel (of 5MHz) to boost its 3G/3G+ mobile bandwidth capabilities, ahead of the country hosting the upcoming World Hockey Championship, due to be held in the capital Minsk in May. Further, at a meeting attended by its CEO Vladimir Karpovich, MTS Belarus confirmed its intentions to hold on to the fourth carrier frequency permanently at all base transceiver stations (BTS) after the event. Retaining the fourth RF channel for 3G is intended to help the cellco increase its data transmission speeds to a maximum of 42Mbps. *According to TeleGeography?s GlobalComms Database, in February 2013 MTS Belarus switched on its third 3G/3G+ frequency channel in the country, to help increase throughput capacity on its W-CDMA networks. At that time the 5MHz of additional frequencies in the 2100MHz band were used via 500 BTS around the Republic, covering areas of high traffic to improve capacity and coverage. The additional frequencies are needed as the cellco is close to full utilisation of its second carrier channel in urban areas.*In a separate development, MTS Belarus reported at the start of this month that it has extended the coverage of its Ethernet fixed internet service in the country and connected a further 560 new residential custoemrs for a total of 1,070. So far this year, MTS Belarus has increased its Ethernet coverage in the metropolitan districts of Brilevichi, Dombrovka West, Green Meadow, Stone Hill, Loshitsa, Michalowo, Serebryanka Sukharava Uruchcha and Southwest Minsk. Meanwhile, it connected a number of other districts in Brest, Vostok, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Grodno and Gomel.
Indonesian round-up: Indosat to reduce debt; Biznet boosts metroNet; Telkom t...
Alexander Rusli, the CEO of Indonesia?s number two telecoms provider by subscribers PT Indosat, says his company plans to repay debts totalling IRD2.3 trillion (USD201.1 million) in fiscal 2014, using its own cash resources. The telco reported revenue of IDR23.86 trillion in FY 2013, up 6% year-on-year. *Meanwhile, Indonesian fibre-based broadband provider Biznet Networks has reportedly upped its bandwidth availability for metroNET broadband services, Telecompaper writes, citing a company statement. metroNET is targeted primarily at the country?s SME segment, with Biznet Networks now offering end users high speed internet packages ranging from 1.5Mbps to 75Mbps. *Finally, state-owned telco Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) intends to finalise the details of its share sale of tower operator subsidiary Daya Mitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) in Q3 2014, the company?s director has said. Telkom is selling its 49% stake in the unit so that it can concentrate on its core business in the country. Mitratel owns and operates a total of 4,000 cellular towers in Indonesia; its total assets were valued at around USD410 million in September last year. As reported previously, Telkom is weighing up no fewer than five possible options: the spin-off of Mitratel as a separate company via an initial public offering (IPO); a sale to another publicly listed tower operator; a fully-fledged merger with a rival tower firm; a backdoor listing and doing nothing. It is understood to prefer an IPO or a backdoor listing.
ACCC publishes report on fixed line service regulation
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its final report into the regulation of fixed line telecommunications services, revealing that it will continue to regulate wholesale services supplied using fixed line incumbent Telstra?s copper network for another five years. As per the watchdog?s decision, all six fixed line services ? unbundled local loop (ULL), Line Sharing Service (LSS), PSTN Originating and Terminating Access (PSTN OA and PSTN TA), Local Carriage Service (LCS) and Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) ? will remain regulated until 2019. Some adjustments to the scope of regulation have been made, however, with the ACCC saying such changes would ?ensure that regulation is only applied where it is necessary to promote effective competition?. To that end, only resale voice services supplied in CBD areas where infrastructure-based competition has proven not to be sufficiently effective will be regulated, while it was noted that resale voice services provided using the National Broadband Network (NBN) will not be. Meanwhile, having launched a public inquiry into making new final access determinations (FADs) for the regulated fixed line services and the wholesale ADSL service in July 2013, the ACCC said it does not expect this to be complete before the existing determinations expire on 30 June 2014. Citing the ?number and complexity of the pricing issues?, the watchdog has therefore confirmed the extension of the existing FADs until such time as it can finalise revisions to the determinations. Saying it expects to complete the variation inquiry in June 2014, the ACCC is seeking views from industry players on it proposals to ensure the regulated resale prices will apply in central business district (CBD) areas and a regulated charge will continue to be available for the internal interconnection cable that is required to connect to Telstra?s network. With an ongoing consultation regarding arrangements for disclosing certain information on forecast expenditure and demand provided by Telstra for use in estimating prices in the FAD inquiry, once these are complete the ACCC aims to release a discussion paper in mid-2014, with a draft FAD to follow. Commenting on the developments, ACCC chairman Rod Sims was cited as saying: ?Regulating these services has promoted competition over bottleneck infrastructure. This has been fundamental to the development of competition in retail voice and broadband markets, which benefits Australian consumers ? The ACCC?s decision to continue regulating the wholesale fixed line services will support continuing competition and efficient investment.?
Megacom added 200 base stations to footprint in 2013
Kyrgyz mobile network operator Megacom has revealed that it deployed more than 200 new base stations across the country in 2013, extending its network to a total of 85 agglomerations. According to an unverified report by Telecompaper, the operator now boasts 3G coverage of 60% of the country?s populated areas, while its 2G GSM network is accessible to 95% of the population.
Cellcom inks deal with NSN for 4G network rollout
Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has announced that it has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for the supply of its 4G network. In announcing the deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, Cellcom confirmed its intention to commence a ?rapid? deployment of the infrastructure, which it noted would also support LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology. A ?wide and high quality deployment? is expected by the end of 2014, the cellco said, noting that commercial activities over the infrastructure remained subject to the regulator?s approval and availability of spectrum.
South Korean cellcos agree registration shutdown policy with KCC
South Korea?s three mobile network operators ? SK Telecom (SKT), KT Corp and LG Uplus ? are all said to have reached an agreement with the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) on a customer registration shutdown system in the event that a carrier receives an excessive number of subscribers from another company. According to JoongAng Daily, under the plans, which will be implemented after 19 May, the ?circuit breaker policy? will automatically shut down a carrier?s customer registration system if it signs up more than 30,000 new customers per day from other companies or brings in 24,000 customers or more for two straight days. Newly appointed KCC chief Choi Sung-jun is said to have suggested that the system will prevent mobile carriers from using subsidies to boost performance, with the executive cited as saying: ?The government is determined to root out illegal subsidies and thinks that competition between carriers should be based on price and service quality ? Regarding illegal subsidies, the KCC will continue searching for solutions strictly based on the law ? Some measures could be painful for the companies, but they are aimed at stabilising the market.?
Telecom Egypt to pay 6% of annual mobile revenue to NTRA under unified licenc...
Following the announcement earlier this month that Telecom Egypt (TE) would be required to pay EGP2.5 billion (USD360 million) for a unified telecoms licence allowing it to enter the wireless market, further details regarding the concession have emerged. Ahram Online has revealed that under the terms of the licence the fixed line incumbent will also be required to pay 6% of its mobile services revenues to the local telecoms regulator, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). As previously reported by CommsUpdate, alongside TE being able to acquire its new concession, the nation?s three existing mobile network operators ? Vodafone Egypt, MobiNil and Etisalat Misr ? will each be required to pay EGP100 million for a unified licence under which they would be allowed to offer services over the incumbent?s fixed infrastructure. While a similar annual fee is expected to apply for the cellco?s fixed line services, should they launch them, the rate has yet to be confirmed, however.
KDDI, Softbank oppose NTT discount bundle deregulation
Japanese telecoms companies KDDI (au) and Softbank Corp have reiterated their opposition to a possible lift of the ban currently installed on Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to offer a discount for bundled mobile and fibre-optic fixed line services, the Japan Times reports. The government has barred mobile unit NTT DOCOMO from providing such discounts due to fears that it could lead to a monopoly situation; rivals KDDI and Softbank are not subject to such regulation. The two operators voiced their concern at a meeting of the Information and Communications Council, allegedly pointing out that the deregulation would have a reverse effect on consumers, as it could allow NTT to regain control of the domestic wireless market, which is currently competitive. The Information and Communications Council is expected to submit its report on the topic in November 2014.
Virgin France launches LTE over SFR, Bouygues networks
French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile has introduced Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the country, with domestic cellcos SFR and Bouygues Telecom acting as network hosts, La Tribune reports. The operator?s introductory IDOL 4G plan, priced at EUR19.99 (USD27.66) per month, provides unlimited voice calls to France and 50+ destinations, unlimited SMS/MMS and 3GB of data, while the premium IDOL plan, with 5GB of data (and an additional 1GB roaming allowance for mobile data in Europe) is priced at EUR24.99. *As previously reported by TeleGeography?s CommsUpdate, in September 2013 Virgin signed an LTE lease agreement with Bouygues Telecom, with the MVNO entering into a similar agreement with SFR to offer 4G services over its network in December 2013.
Zain Saudi limits net loss to SAR318m in 1Q14
Zain Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Kuwait-based telco Zain Group, has published its consolidated financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2014, reporting a net loss of SAR318 million (USD84.79 million). Despite incurring a loss, the figure represents a 20.1% year-on-year improvement on the SAR398 million loss reported in the corresponding period of 2013. Zain Saudi mainly attributed the positive development to a ?phenomenal 68% rise in data service revenues during the first quarter of 2014?. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the period under review also increased, by SAR93 million (or 45% year-on-year), to SAR300 million due to the company?s ?transformation programme?, which focuses on cost optimisation in sales, distribution and marketing expenses. In operational terms, Zain Saudi reported that its customer base increased by 10% to 8.7 million users in the twelve months to end-March 2014, with the majority of net additions signing up for an ?internet service?; internet data traffic also increased, by 274% year-on-year. The number of network sites reached a total of 5,918 in 1Q14; Zain?s 2G footprint was extended to 93% of the population (compared to 91% in 1Q13), while 3G population coverage was reported at 84% (up from 80%). LTE networks were available to 51% of Saudi Arabia's territory, compared to 46% at end-March 2013.

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UK broadband speeds continue to climb
More good news for UK broadband customers, as service speed and availability of FTTC continue to increase, although ADSL still accounts for more than two-thirds of all connections. Plus, York will become the UK?s first gigabit city. Guy Daniels reports.
Fibre, fibre, fibre: only house price comes before broadband speed when Swede...
Get some newly-minted facts and analysis on Swedish broadband by signing up for a free Webinar presented by The FTTH Council Europe and Diffraction Analysis on the results of their joint study: Why Consumers Love FTTH ? The FTTH Consumer Experience Study.
Google's business model is "a protection racket" says CEO of German publishin...
The boss of Axel Springer, the big German publishing house, says that because of the way Google fixes its search rankings to discriminate against its competitors, the company motto should change from "Don't Be Evil" to "If you don't want us to finish you off, you'd better pay". By Martyn Warwick.
SDN at the coalface: taming the ?big, dirty, living network?
Last week it was the theory, this week we highlight ?boots on the ground?. Yes there is some SDN activity out there, but it?s still limited and there are many heated points of contention - as we found out when we listened in on some of the sessions at ONS in Santa Clara last month. Here are the key insights from some of our ?after session? interviews.
Dell and Red Hat: Working Together on Open Cloud Platforms
Dell Red Hat Cloud Solutions, Powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform are now available in: USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Microsoft pops its Office apps in the Chrome OS web store
Just a bit of an about-turn: four months ago it was keen on consigning the little computers to land-fill. By I.D. Scales.
Google buys drone developer, promises to do good with them
Google has bought a specialist in high altitude, solar-powered drones. Titan Aerospace has just become part of the Google family for an undisclosed sum. By I.D. Scales.
Telefonica creates the first telco-driven mobile ad exchange
Programmatic advertising is gaining traction in Media Land, so it is about time a major telco decided to enter the fray. Guy Daniels reports.
Proof-Points: Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Solutions in Action
The history of OpenStack, an open-source cloud project, can be traced back to July, 2010 -- when the original founders created a shared vision for their bold goal.
Milking the sheep? Apple trying to push up the price of the next iPhone 6 by ...
If that's the case, why not just buy an iPad Mini and be done with it? By Martyn Warwick.
A 10 Gigabit boost for WiFi
Barely was the ink dry on the finished 802.11ac standard - ratified in January - than a chip for the second phase is announced. By I.D. Scales.
Trust me, I?m a Google Glass Doctor
Google?s revolutionary eyewear might well make you a prime target for muggers if you are brave enough to walk the city streets, and get you banned from bars and nightclubs, but it is proving popular with the healthcare sector and in particular surgeons. Guy Daniels reports.
World domination must be easier than this
The ongoing legal spat between Apple and Samsung has revealed unexpected insights into the origins of Android, and shows just how difficult it is to assert patents in a highly competitive market. Guy Daniels reports.
SDN-think: technology understood, people and business models next
It?s now about 18 months since SDN and NFV really burst onto the telecoms scene, so how has the SDN picture changed over that time? We asked attendees at last month?s ONS (Open Networking Summit) in Santa Clara for some insights into how the thinking is developing and why.
"Bowsy-Wowsy". US Federal watchdog plonks a friendly pawmark on the Facebook/...
"Old Gummy", the friendly watchdog that is the Federal Trade Commission, has agreed to let Facebook into WhatsApp's chicken coop. But with a stern and terrifying caveat: if it sees feather's flying, it'll wag it's tail, roll over and play dead. Be afraid, be very afraid. By Martyn Warwick.

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