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Eurobites: Germany Gets Tough With Facebook

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: smartphones spreading more malware; ADVA joins 5G initiative; major subsea link lands in France.

  • Germany's cartel watchdog has launched a probe into Facebook 's use of personal data in the light of concern that the US giant is abusing its dominant position in the social networking market, reports Reuters. Germany has adopted a tough stance on what it sees as the cavalier use of its citizens' data by foreign -- and especially US-based -- companies, with Chancellor Angela Merkel having mooted at one point the possibility of a "Europe-only Internet." (See Euronews: Merkel's Mad as Hell at NSA and Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass.)

  • A report from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab shows that smartphones now account for 60% of malware in the mobile network, and that the amount of iOS-based malware is on the rise, with iPhone malware now representing 6% of all infections. (See The Unprotected Connected.)

  • Germany's ADVA Optical Networking has joined the 5G-XHaul project, an EU-funded initiative to develop the next generation of mobile networks and services. The vendor's WDM-PON technology is being used to create optical links between the project's testbeds. 5G-XHaul will culminate in 2018 with a large-scale field trial in the go-ahead British city of Bristol.

  • The 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea fiber cable, which connects France to Singapore and serves 17 countries in total, has landed at La Seyne-sur-Mer in south-east France. Orange Marine manages the installation of the cable in the Mediterranean region.

  • UK incumbent BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is to use the Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform to power its cloud-based storage service for customers. Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: SNCR), based in New Jersey, has already seen its technology taken up by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), among others.

  • Telefónica has signed a ten-year deal with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) for the upgrade of its financial and human resources systems. As part of the agreement, IBM is acquiring three companies of Tgestiona -- a Telefónica company specializing in finance and human resources processes management for the communications sector -- in Spain, Argentina and Peru.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is hoping to buff up its sustainability credentials by adding the Fairphone 2 to its range of smartphones. The Fairphone, made by an eponymous Dutch startup, is manufactured in accordance with fair trade principles, meaning that there is a focus on the "ethical" extraction of raw materials, socially responsible production conditions and the longevity of the product.

  • Facebook at Work: It's a concept that fills the team here at Eurobites Towers with horror, but not so Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN), which says it has become the first telco in the world to adopt the collaboration tool. Dopey "memes" and cute pet videos as an aid to productivity? The jury's still out….

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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