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After five losses, Apple finally wins a round in $600m VirnetX FaceTime patent mega-battle
Tuesday, 26 November 2019 08:02

Apple has won the latest round in its nine-year patent mega-battle with VirnetX – with a US appeals court rejecting a $600m jury decision and sending it back down to the district court to redecide.

The victory saw Apple’s share price go up by more than one per cent but, in an indication of their comparative sizes, VirnetX’s share price collapsed by 50 per cent on news of the decision [PDF] on Friday. As everyone has had time to digest the decision, however, VirnetX’s share price has partially recovered – in large part because Apple is still on the hook

Uni of London loses attempt to block mobe mast surveyors from Paddington rooftop
Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:02

The University of London has lost a Court of Appeal attempt to block a new mobile phone mast that would have served Vodafone's London HQ.

Cornerstone Telecommunications, which is jointly owned by Vodafone and Telefónica (parent firm of O2 UK), saw off the university's attempt to overthrow an earlier judgment giving them the right to inspect a student halls' roof with a view to putting a new mast on it.

When Cornerstone asked the university in 2018 if it could poke around the roof of Lillian Penson Hall , across the road from Paddington Station, the academic institution refused –

Internet Society's Vint 'father of the 'net' Cerf dodges dot-org sell-off during public Q A
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:02

Analysis At this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, the opening ceremony, featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was immediately followed by an hour-long session on the “future of internet governance.”

That session, held yesterday morning, featured seven internet luminaries on stage, including “father of the internet” and founding president of the Internet Society Vint Cerf, as well as Goran Marby, the CEO of DNS overseer ICANN.

Audience members were invited to ask questions through an online portal for others to upvote, with the results displayed in real time. Toward the end of the session, a moderator and the chairman

Your WiFi signals are revealing your location
Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:00

The home may be the hearth, but it’s not going to be a place of safety for too long.

With the abundance of connected devices making their ways into our homes, increasing levels of data may allow for more accurate methods for remote surveillance. By measuring the strength of ambient …read more

Vodafone UK links arms with Openreach to build out its full-fibre network
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:57

Vodafone has inked a deal with BT's Openreach to expand its gigabit broadband network by 500,000 premises – on top of its existing deal with alternative network provider CityFibre for 5 million premises.

From spring 2020 Vodafone will begin using Openreach's Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) pipes in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, intended to reach 500,000 premises by mid-2021.

Voda is already rolling out gigabit broadband in 12 locations via its agreement with CityFibre. In 2017 it signed a deal for one million homes to get full fibre by 2021, with plans to extend that to another four million in 50 locations by

Vodafone takes €1.9bn punch to wallet thanks to India's decision on airwave licence fees
Wednesday, 13 November 2019 02:05

Vodafone reported a loss of €1.9bn (£1.6bn) in its latest half-year results ended 30 September , chalked up mainly to India's decision to change the way it charges telcos for using airwaves.

In October, India's Supreme Court ruled against the industry in a dispute over the calculation of licensing and other regulatory fees, with Vodafone now liable "for very substantial demands", it said.

Overall revenue rose 0.4 per cent to €21.94bn (c £18.84bn), while sales in the UK were flat at €2.45bn (c £2.1bn) and EBITDA fell 0.8 per cent to €658m (c £565m).

The company blamed its sluggish performance

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