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Global mobile news round-up September 22nd

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.This week.. Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal, Face ID’s Ripple Effects Already Appearing in Mobile Industry, Vodafone preparing bid for Zambia mobile license, WhatsApp refused access to UK Government and much more…

Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business.
Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant.
The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

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Self Regulating the Brazilian VAS Environment

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Rafael Pellon, MEF LatAm advisor and partner at Focaccia, Amaral, Salvia, Pellon & Lamonica Advogados, here explores the latest iteration of the MEF Value Added Services (VAS) Code of Practice for Brazil, now in its recently launched third edition, and examines why it is more important than ever for the health of the market.

Since 2010, the Brazilian VAS Industry has been strongly relying on MEF’s Code of Practice to tackle industry’s biggest issues and keep fraudsters out of it.

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Digital consent regulation is coming. Are you ready?

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Is there a right way for enterprises to ask their customers for private data? Regulators think so. In many regions, they are mandating new consent guidelines. Rimma Perelmuter, CEO of MEF, offers a summary…

Next year, the laws around data privacy in the EU will change. The General Data Protection Regulation is coming, and it will mandate new practices around the way companies active in the European Economic Area (EEA) collect, store and share customer data.

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MEF Member news 19 September

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news…

Infobip, the leading global communications platform for business, which operates more than 50 offices in more than 40 countries, announces today its plans to open new offices in San Francisco and New York, establishing a physical presence in the U.S for the first time.

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Building Trust in Enterprise Messaging

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MEF’s Future of Messaging Programme today announced the roadmap for Phase 2 of the industry initiative to shape the future of enterprise messaging.

Companies from 20+ countries participate in the programme
Self-regulation to define best practices, drive innovation and increase trust in enterprise messaging
Industry consultation opens for the Enterprise Messaging Code of Conduct

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Global mobile news round-up: Apple special

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The mobile news this week was completely dominated by the reveal of the next wave of iPhones and wearables from Apple and the public and industry’s mixed reactions to the new designs, features and unexpected pricing.

Love them or hate them, Apple’s continuing influence on the global mobile industry is undeniable, so here is a round-up special on everything coming out of Cupertino.

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Empowering real consumers in the personal data maze – #MyData2017

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At the end of last month the 2nd MyData event took place. It was an ambitious 2-city location (Tallinn and Helsinki) complete with a boat trip and even a track choosing game to help delegates navigate the complexities (in case it wasn’t complicated enough!).

Here’s some of the highlights by COO Joanne Lacey, MEF’s speaker at the event which brings together a passionate community of developers, researchers, Government agencies and businesses looking to build a more human-centric approach to personal data.

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Key takeaways from MEF’s guide to digital consent in the personal data economy

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Clear informed consent is the key to ensuring consumers trust every digital transaction. It’s a critical issue – which is why MEF’s Global Consumer Trust Working Group has examined the issues in order to develop a free whitepaper on the subject. Here, we present some of the highlights.

In 2010, 7,500 people sold their souls to the UK retailer, GameStation. These unwitting customers had bought from the store and missed the “immortal soul clause” buried in the site’s terms and conditions. Thankfully, this was an April Fool’s joke and GameStation returned its harvested souls back to their rightful owners.

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Member interview: Crazy4Media and the drive for a digital Andalusia

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Brit Tom Horsey has turned Crazy4Media into one of Spain’s leading mobile and digital specialists. Now, he wants to make Southern Spain a magnet for entrepreneurs and investors. He shared his vision with Tim Green…

Throughout history, Englishmen have travelled to Spain in search of adventure (and also sunshine).

Writer Laurie Lee ‘walked out one midsummer morning’ and didn’t stop till he reached Iberia. George Orwell joined the fight against Franco. More prosaically, Terry Venables won La Liga for Barcelona.

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MEF Member news, September 11th

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news…

At IFA 2017, CEO Richard Yu unveiled HUAWEI’s vision for the future of artificial intelligence with the launch of the Kirin 970. By combining the power of the cloud with the speed and responsiveness of native AI processing, HUAWEI is bringing AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices.

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