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Global mobile news, 27 July

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. SoftBank partners with India’s Paytm in Japan, Google CEO’s approach to deal with $5 Billion Android fine, spyware-laden ‘privacy’ extensions affect over 11 million users and much more…

Japanese internet conglomerate SoftBank on Friday confirmed the news of partnering with Indian financial services company Paytm to start a payments service. Yahoo Japan Corporation will also be a part of the joint venture.

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Global Mobile news, 20th July

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Google hit with €4.3bn Android fine from EU, WhatsApp limits message forwarding to reduce spam & misinformation, phone data usage growth slows in the US, and much more…

Google has been fined a record €4.34bn ($5bn; £3.9bn) over Android. The European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating systemto illegally “cement its dominant position” in search. The firm’s parent Alphabet has been given 90 days to change its business practices or face further penalties of up to 5% of its average global daily turnover. It has said it plans to appeal.

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Global Mobile News Roundup, 6th July

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. US declares China Mobile risk to national security, research claims mobile apps are secretly recording your screen, Is GDPR a blockchain killer..? and much more.

The US government has declared another major Chinese telecom company a possible “risk to national security”: China Mobile. Yesterday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a statement advising the Federal Communications Commission not to allow China Mobile, which is the world’s third biggest carrier after AT&T and Verizon, to operate in the United States.

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Global mobile news round-up, 29th June

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week..  report finds Facebook and Google use ‘dark patterns’ around privacy settings, Supreme Court’s mobile privacy stand, what US retailers can learn from China about mobile payments and much more…

Facebook, Google and Microsoft push users away from privacy-friendly options on their services in an “unethical” way, according to a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council. It studied the privacy settings of the firms and found a series of “dark patterns”, including intrusive default settings and misleading wording. The firms gave users “an illusion of control”, its report suggested.

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Global Mobile news round-up, 25th May

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. How GDPR will impact the mobile industry, Snapchat launches incubator program for mobile, how augmented reality is poised to morph into the mainstream, banking by mobile app ‘to overtake online by 2019’ and much more.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are the biggest shakeup in privacy legislation for more than a generation. It comes into effect this Friday, as the two year grace period for any organisation that handles the data of EU citizens – even if they’re not in the EU – expires.

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Global mobile news round-up, 18th May

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. PayPal agrees $2.2bn deal for iZettle, LocationSmart location data controversy, YouTube Music and Premium details, Australia looking into claim Google harvests data and much more…

PayPal has agreed to acquire iZettle, a Swedish mobile payments firm which enables small businesses to process card payments, for $2.2bn (£1.6bn). The acquisition – PayPal’s largest ever – will expand PayPal’s in-store presence, enabling it to reach small businesses around the world through its merchant services offering. iZettle will become the European centre of excellence for PayPal’s in-store product and services offerings.

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Global mobile news roundup, 13th April

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Mark Zuckerberg Faces Congress Over Facebook Data Privacy, India is now the world’s fastest-growing mobile payment market, Mobile phishing a growing threat, warns report, Google Goes To War Against Africa’s Slow Internet Speeds and much more.

On Tuesday (10 April), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally took on the US Senate in joint committee hearing. Zuckerberg was forced to field a barrage of questions from senators over a gruelling five-hour hearing where topics ranged from Cambridge Analytica to Russian meddling in elections.

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Global mobile news roundup: MWC Special

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With Mobile World Congress behind us for another year, here’s a roundup of the week’s news you may have missed – from the biggest announcements on the latest phones and 5G, to intelligent cars and other highlights spotted on the showfloor.

Like CES, this week’s Mobile World Congress feels like a bit of a down year, now that the smoke has cleared. Perhaps it was fact that Samsung’s big news stole the show before it even began.

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Global mobile news roundup, December 8th

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This week.. Instagram experiments with a standalone messaging apps, Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook, Google makes a play for mobile Internet market in India and much more…

It happened to Facebook, and now it’s happening to Instagram. Today, the Zuckerberg empire is launching a standalone messaging app for Instagram called Direct. As The Verge reports, it’s technically a test and will only be available in six markets — Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay.

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Global mobile news round-up December 1st

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping, WeChat’s entertainment empire, Black Friday & mobile, China to Become World Leader in 5G… and much more.

Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK.

It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.

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