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Disruption in banking as Indian telecoms deals done in-house

Disruption in banking as Indian telecoms deals done in-house

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Investment banking business in India should be enjoying bumper fees after a record year of dealmaking. It’s not, and big banks blame in-house teams of advisers that have proliferated as the country’s top family-owned conglomerates tighten their grip. This week’s $23 billion tie-up between Idea Cellular, controlled by the Aditya Birla […]

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Vodafone is at risk as rivals get serious about transformation

Vodafone is at risk as rivals get serious about transformation

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – British mobile operator Vodafone risks being left on the sidelines as rivals converge to break free from just selling ever-cheaper data bundles and become internet companies offering combined services from phones to TV to broadband. Vodafone expanded at breakneck speed through audacious takeovers and now has nearly half a billion mobile customers […]

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Wikileaks offers tech companies CIA tools, industry nervous

Wikileaks offers tech companies CIA tools, industry nervous

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Wikileaks will provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools that it possesses so they can patch software flaws, founder Julian Assange said on Thursday, presenting Silicon Valley with a potential dilemma on how to deal with the anti-secrecy group. If the offer is legitimate, it would place technology […]

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End of an unhappy marriage – Uber and Google Ventures

End of an unhappy marriage – Uber and Google Ventures

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When Uber Technologies Inc was raising venture capital in 2013, it was one of the hottest deals around – and no one was more eager to write a check than Bill Maris and David Krane of Google’s venture capital arm. Not everyone at Google Ventures, since renamed GV, agreed. The firm […]

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Analysis: Why was Snap IPO so popular?

Analysis: Why was Snap IPO so popular?

Written by on March 3, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Snap Inc’s shares ended up 44 percent on their first day of trading as investors flocked to buy into the hottest technology stock offering in three years, overcoming doubts about the loss-making messaging app company’s slowing user growth. The stock closed at $24.48 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, […]

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Telecom operators at MWC – do you have the DNA to change?

Telecom operators at MWC – do you have the DNA to change?

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Features, News with 0 Comments

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – Seeking to escape a cycle of falling prices and tight regulation, big telecom operators from Vimpelcom to Telefonica are set to reinvent themselves as internet players to escape the industry’s straight-jacket of low growth. Next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will feature phone companies in various stages of acceptance that the […]

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Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing […]

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The new Apple building – is this the true Jobs legacy?

The new Apple building – is this the true Jobs legacy?

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products. His last work – Apple Inc’s sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. – will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing […]

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Analysis of the visa crackdown: the damage to startup companies

Analysis of the visa crackdown: the damage to startup companies

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don’t travel outside the country right now. “Common sense would say, why take the risk?” said Mitchell, co-founder and partner at Scale Venture Partners. Silicon Valley draws on a global workforce. […]

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“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear

“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear

Written by on February 1, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear from their CFO or management team. Often this statement will be made by a person who has no idea what that risk is, and would not think of justifying this decision with a formal risk assessment. If they […]

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