Monthly Archives: May 2011

European privacy body’s opinion on geolocation services on smartphones

Regular readers will recall the curious case of Mr Spitz and his surprise at the amount of data his mobile phone company retained about his whereabouts, whilst Apple has recently come in for its fair share of opprobrium for collecting location … Continue reading

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Another £50 million for rural broadband in UK – a drop in the ocean?

Fifty million pounds is a very large amount of money, and it was great to read last week’s DCMS announcement that it would be made available to support the roll-out of broadband across Wiltshire, Norfolk, Devon and Somerset. As my … Continue reading

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Mobile banking and payment: what consumers really want?

Mobile banking and payment is a recurrent theme for this blog. I have previously posted on rumours that the iPhone 5 might contain NFC technology, and mused on the possibilities unlocked by the integration of mobile payments with location-based offers and services. This … Continue reading

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Significance of mobile data growth

Whilst this blog often picks up on topical news, sometimes I am prompted to reflect on some of the meta-themes that provide the context for day-to-day news. I have recently been thinking about the issues facing the mobile telecoms industry over the medium term and it … Continue reading

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UK Government starts Communications Act review

As previously anticipated, the UK started this week a wholesale review of the legislation in the communications sector. Minister Jeremy Hunt published an open letter seeking replies by 30 June. The letter addresses 3 themes: Growth, innovation and deregulation; A communications … Continue reading

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into spectrum

The UK system of government and regulation can sometimes be confusing, with the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the House of Commons this week announcing an inquiry into the use of spectrum in the UK and issuing a … Continue reading

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BT accounts reveal fear of retrospective price adjustments

BT announced its annual results today. Press comment focused on BT’s profit growth and the reduction in their pension deficit. However, both of those stories are not quite such good news for BT as might be supposed. Profit growth came … Continue reading

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Microsoft buys Skype: comparison with eBay deal logic

The big story yesterday was the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. It was only 6 years ago that eBay bought Skype for $ 2.6 billion. I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the publicly … Continue reading

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UK Information Commissioner makes a mess of cookies

The UK’s Information Comissioner has not done a great job in introducing recent changes relating to the use of cookies. They put out very late, confusing guidance and finally (the day before the rules came into force) decided to give a year’s … Continue reading

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Lenders over-exposed to real estate move into TMT

I was lucky enough to chair Olswang’s semi-annual CPD catch-up day for in-house lawyers today. It was a very interesting set of talks (for those who are interested I commented using twitter, see: #olswangcpd), which covered a wide range of topics: Session Speaker … Continue reading

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