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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SoftBank to buy T-Mobile US? Irish merger plan has its critics; Google caters for would-be data-deleters.

Eurobites: SDN's Italian Job

Paul Rainford
5/30/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SoftBank ready to buy T-Mobile US?; Irish merger plan has its critics; Google caters for would-be data-deleters.

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) has teamed up with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and five Italian universities to build a testbed for research into SDN. A blog by Cisco's Erica Schroeder reveals that the consortium in question, Joint Open Lab, began its first six-month research phase earlier this year and could continue its work until 2017. One of the first projects looks into what Cisco calls "network slicing" using OpenFlow, which is intended to allow different teams to experiment on the network without impinging on each other.

  • Has Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) agreed to SoftBank Corp. buying T-Mobile US Inc. ? That's the rumor being aired on Reuters, citing a Japanese news agency. The German giant has so far declined to comment on the matter. In other DT news, Reuters reports that the operator has complained to the European Commission about what it sees as some municipal utilities firms cross-subsidizing the expansion of their broadband networks from their principal energy-related businesses. And, rounding up the DT bulletin, the operator is seeking more partners for its Qivicon smart-home consortium. Its current Qivicon partners are Samsung Corp. , Miele, EnBW, and eQ-3.

  • The European Commission may have given its blessing to Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY)'s proposed acquisition of Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s O2 unit in Ireland, but the country's own regulator and the operator's rivals aren't so sure, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Ireland's Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) said that "competition concerns will not be fully addressed" and warned that "significant negative consequences" might unfold for the Irish consumer should the deal go ahead. Vodafone Ireland , meanwhile, has warned that it may consider using legal options to block the deal.

  • Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has responded to the recent Court of Justice "right to be forgotten" ruling by launching a service that allows disgruntled Europeans to ask for personal data they'd rather wasn't visible to the whole of planet Earth to be removed from online search results. According to this BBC report, Google says it will assess each request on its merits in an attempt to balance the "privacy rights of the individual with the public's right to know and distribute information." Sounds like quite a big job, and a job that won't make Google any money.

  • Turkey's highest court has ruled that a block on access to YouTube imposed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government two months ago was a violation of rights, reports Reuters, citing local media outlets. The YouTube ban, imposed because the site was being used for criticizing the government, was lifted in April, along with a similar ban on Twitter.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Kruz
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    Kruz,
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    6/9/2014 | 2:07:31 AM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    unless what they are doing is judged to be private, then they have the right to claim back that photo.
    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    6/8/2014 | 10:53:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    ... not that anyone should want to take my photo. Seriously, that's true for anyone. No one has a right not to be photographed.
    Kruz
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    Kruz,
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    6/6/2014 | 2:07:47 AM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Glad he can Mitch :)
    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    6/5/2014 | 3:46:18 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Kruz - A photographer has every right to take my photo without my consent, if I'm out in public. 
    Kruz
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    Kruz,
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    6/3/2014 | 6:05:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Because it is made available to the largest possible audience(public) and there is the risk of the info becoming viral/harmful with all the possible moral and financial damage it can trigger. I would compare this to not allowing a camera man taking a photo without your consent. Now this will really need to be judged on case by case: what if the user deliberately posts updates,what happens in this case?
    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    6/3/2014 | 5:42:44 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Since when is the "right to be a forgotten" a thing, anway?

    Freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, sure? Right to pursue happiness, heck yeah?

    But why should I be able to demand that factual informaiton about the past be suppressed simply because it makes me uncomfortable to have it known?

     
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    thebulk,
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    5/31/2014 | 11:02:59 PM
    SDN Testbed
    I will be interested to see some of the results from the SDN testbed, in the past few years Italian universities have produced some very good journal papers on SDN and network virtulization. 
    Kruz
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    Kruz,
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    5/30/2014 | 6:46:17 PM
    Re: "Right to be forgotten"
    Agreed. And this might go in favor of other search engines and help these gain some traffic.
    Mitch Wagner
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    Mitch Wagner,
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    5/30/2014 | 11:25:28 AM
    "Right to be forgotten"
    What a disastrous decision. It's going to be exploited by powerful criminals while everyday people won't be able to afford to be able to push legitimate requests through. The first people seeking protection under the EU's right-to-be-forgotten ruling are a pedophile, a corrupt politician, and a doctor who wants protection from negative reviews from his patients.
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