LibreOffice has got a vote of confidence from South Tyrol. Over the course of the next three years, the government plans on replacing Microsoft Office on 7,000 machines with the open source alternative, saving up to €600,000 in licensing costs.
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Raffaele Mastrolonardo is a journalist and co-founder of effecinque (www.effecinque.org) news agency. He has been writing about technology for the past 11 years or so for some of the most important Italian news media, both on and offline, including Corriere della Sera, Wired Italia, SKY.it. He's covered the government IT sector for several years. His last obsession is data journalism.
In the last 12 years Federico has been working as a freelance journalist, at first covering current affairs and economy and then focusing on technology, writing extensively for several Italian national media outlets. He's also the author of a number of books on social media and the Internet and was a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow in 2013.
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The EU's Horizon 2020 framework could help boost innovation in Europe and Italy in particular.
As the incumbent gets ready to shed its fixed-line business, a number of discussions on its future are set to resume.
While investors and customers wait for news on the separate of Telecom Italia's fixed-line businesses, the telco is offering to sweeten the deal by investing in fibre.
The Italian incumbent's plan to divest its fixed-line business is likely to get the go-ahead from the board, analysts say.
Touchscreen ballot boxes have replaced the usual set-up in two Italian towns.
A meeting of Telecom Italia's board isn't expected to signal the starters gun on a union between the two Italian operators, with stumbling blocks likely to consign the possibility of a merger to the scrapyard.
Digital Economy Forum finds that the Italian bureaucracy is the biggest hurdle that startups face
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Italy's biggest telco has found itself on the receiving end of a fine from the country's antitrust authority after being found to have abused its dominant position in network infrastructure.
The three main Italian operators will share costs of installing anti-interference filters all over the country, to prevent LTE hobbling digital TV transmissions.
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