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A split for HP, a separation for eBay and a billion dollar disagreement for Samsung

Podcast - 8th October 2014

We begin this week's podcast with stories that go beyond the mobile industry, as HP plans to split into two companies and eBay prepares to separate itself from PayPal.

We're also talking about the Microsoft/Samsung legal case, a new Tesco tablet, BT's updated text relay service, a new way to avoid buying a stolen iPhone... and #Hairgate.

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Consolidation in mobile carrier billing as Boku acquires Mopay

Consolidation in mobile carrier billing as Boku acquires Mopay

Mobile payment business Boku has acquired carrier billing specialist mopay.

The deal makes Boku the largest standalone provider of carrier billing-based mobile payment services in the world, with a combined customer base that includes Electronic Arts, Facebook, Gameloft, Sony, Spotify and Valve.

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Samsung has paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android royalties

Samsung has paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android royalties

Figures from court documents show that Samsung paid Microsoft around $1 billion (£622 million) in a year to use the Android operating system.

The two companies signed a patent licensing agreement in 2011, with Samsung agreeing to pay Microsoft, although the amount was undisclosed at the time.

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Check if an Apple iPhone has been reported as stolen

Check if an Apple iPhone has been reported as stolen

Apple has created an online tool that lets iPhone users and potential customers check the Activation Lock of a handset.

This reduces the risk of a customer unwittingly buying a stolen iPhone that turns out to be worthless.

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HP will split into two companies

HP will split into two companies

Technology giant HP has announced plans to split itself into two new companies within the next 12 months.

The personal computer and printer business will be known as HP Inc, while the corporate technology infrastructure, software and services businesses will become part of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

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