It's very easy to ascertain that 'open is good', but is there a clear business case for opening up your data? That's been a key question at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, and not one with easy answers.
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David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.
Jens Schulte-Bockum, the chief executive at Voda's German operations, has claimed a surprisingly high proportion of the operator's traffic is video. And that figure is a lot higher on '4G' LTE, too.
Vodafone has hired Phillipp Humm, who was until earlier this week the chief of T-Mobile USA, to head up its northern and central European operations.The operating region is a new one, as Vodafone also announced on Thursday that it was splitting its European business in two: northern and central Europe, and southern Europe.
Google has released an iOS version of its Chrome browser, after taking the Android version out of beta earlier this week.In a blog post on Thursday, Chrome chief Sundar Pichai said the move would give users "a consistent, personalised web experience across all devices".
France's Minitel system, which provided online services for millions of people in pre-web days, is to be shut down on Saturday.France's Minitel system, which provided online services for millions of people in pre-web days, is to be shut down on Saturday.
The Digital Economy Act is 'back', not that it ever went away. It's only been dormant, and for now it remains so, but now we at least know a bit more about what it will look like in practice.
Qualcomm has moved to get developers writing apps specifically for Android devices running Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset, by giving them a software development kit for the platform.The SDK was announced on Tuesday at the Uplinq 2012 developers' conference.
Bank of England governor Mervyn King has called for the Financial Services Authority to carry out a detailed investigation into the massive NatWest outage.The FSA had already asked parent company RBS for a report into the software failure, which stopped customers' bank balances being updated for days and delayed direct debits and standing orders.
Microsoft has bought the enterprise social network Yammer in a bid to boost the software giant's cloud portfolio.The $1.
The Scottish government has announced £120m in funding for a super-fast broadband rollout in the Highlands and Islands.The project will be the largest and one of the trickiest regional deployments in the UK, given the area's topography.
Virgin Media has launched a tariff that features all-you-can-eat data, offering it at a discount to existing customers of the company's TV and broadband services.The new Premiere tariff costs £26 per month and includes unlimited texts and data, 2,500 monthly voice minutes, bundled phone insurance and a pre-installed Mobile Rescue remote security app.
Google TV is finally coming to the UK, with people being able to pre-order the Android-based set-top boxes now.Google has announced plans to bring its Android-based set-top box Google TV to the UK in July.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has started a petition against the extradition of British student Richard O'Dwyer, who faces being sent to the US over alleged copyright infringement.At the time of writing, the Change.
NatWest hopes to have most of its customers' account balances rectified on Monday, the bank said on Sunday as the effects of a massive technical failure entered their sixth day.The IT problem began late last Tuesday, making it impossible for many customers of NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank to access their accounts online or through ATMs, and stopping direct debits and standing orders from processing.
Microsoft's Surface tablets will initially reject mobile broadband connectivity for a Wi-Fi-only approach, according to reports.Sources quoted by Bloomberg on Friday said the first models of Microsoft iPad rival would come without the option of 3G or '4G' LTE, both of which are options in Apple's tablet.