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Monday, November 26, 2012

Last week at The Fonecast: 26th November 2012

HP says Autonomy deal was spiced up

Mark Bridge writes:

It’s time to ‘ketchup’ with last week’s biggest mobile industry news stories - and where better to start than with HP’s claims of ‘saucy’ behaviour?  It’s launched an investigation into last year’s acquisition of UK company Autonomy, claiming the software company had ‘spiced up’ its valuation. Condiment-based puns aside, it’s a serious matter that could see key players from the deal charged with cooking the books.

Fortunately, there’s been some good news around as well. For example, new UK virtual network The People's Operator is trying to make the world a better place by promising to give 25% of its profits to charity. EE and Vodafone are joining Virgin Media in offering their customers free WiFi access on the London Underground. Orange introduced an all-in-one cross-network app with free voice calls, messaging and voicemail. And Ofcom is getting closer to allowing ‘white space’ mobile devices into unused UK radio spectrum.

We also saw assorted research reports about spam SMS messages, about mobile app revenue, about NFC uptake, about data traffic growth, about roaming usage and about WiFi offloading.

Finally, thanks to Thanksgiving, we’re even able to predict some of this week’s news stories. For as surely as Boxing Day bargains follow Christmas, Thanksgiving Day in the USA precedes Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As a result we’re expecting to hear from various companies about the volume of online shopping and mobile purchases for the rest of the month.

Naturally, we’ll be reporting any tasty morsels.

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