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Euronews: Skyfire Is In Da Opera House

Opera Software ASA, Skyfire Inc., Telefónica Digital and Virgin Media Inc. proffer something for the weekend in today's roundup of EMEA activity.
  • 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.)
  • Telefónica Digital and the fabulously-named FeedHenry Ltd. have teamed up to offer European enterprises the chance to develop, host and manage mobile applications in a cloud environment. The package comprises Telefónica Digital's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering and FeedHenry's mobile application development platform. The two companies first announced their love for each other a year ago. (See The Mobile Cloud: Opportunities & Threats, Telefonica Digital Teams With FeedHenry and Telefónica Picks FeedHenry Mobile App Platform.)
  • Board members of U.K. cable operator Virgin Media are being sued in the U.S. for alleged breaches of their "fiduciary duties" after accepting a takeover bid from Liberty Global Inc., reports the Daily Telegraph. Among those facing the legal action is Neil Berkett, the soon-to-depart CEO. (See Euronews: Virgin CEO to Exit After Takeover and Liberty Makes $23.3B Play for Virgin Media.)
  • 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

  • Ray Le Maistre 2/15/2013 | 4:53:37 PM
    re: Euronews: Skyfire Is In Da Opera House I hope The Apple Shop sold some of those hacked-off iPad users a litre bottle of cider for them to drink in the park...
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