Norwegian mobile browser specialist Opera Software has agreed to acquire Californian video optimization and smartphone app specialist Skyfire in a deal that could be worth as much as US$155 million over the next three years. Skyfire, which claims three major U.S. mobile operators as customers, gives Opera video and app optimization expertise and a strong base in North America, said Opera CEO Lars Boilesen in the official announcement of the acquisition. Once the fat lady sings (or, in financial parlance, once the deal closes) Skyfire CEO Jeffrey Glueck will become executive vice president of the Operator Business for Opera, as well as continuing as the CEO of Skyfire, which will remain as an independent entity. (See Opera Acquires Skyfire.)
On a more constructive note for Virgin Media, the firm has announced the creation of 400 jobs in the U.K. in the areas of customer care and technical support.
Lebanon is hoping to become a "digital hub," and, as part of this project, the Lebanese government is planning to launch a tender to run its two state-owned mobile operators, reports Reuters. A new submarine link to Cyprus is also planned.
Talk about leaving a sour taste in the mouth… A cider store in Norfolk, U.K., is having to change its name after being bombarded by disgruntled users of various malfunctioning Apple Inc. devices, reports the BBC. The Apple Shop was fielding more than 20 such calls a week, which was more than it could bear. So from Easter it shall be known as The Norfolk Cider Shop. Apparently the nearby Blackberry Shop has been rather quiet of late.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.