Vivendi, the French conglomerate that has been going through various personnel ructions of late, has made Jean-Yves Charlier senior executive vice president in charge of telecom operations, with effect from October. Charlier is currently a member of Vivendi's supervisory board and chairman of its Strategic Committee. (See Vivendi Appoints New Exec VP for Telecom and Euronews: All Change at Vivendi.)
It's party time, sort of, in Berlin, though it doesn't sound like the kind of party that puts carpets in peril. Telefónica Deutschland GmbH and Nokia Networks are the hosts of what they are calling the "first ever pan-European Campus Party," a week-long event intended to show off their LTE capabilities to more than 7,000, ahem, "campuseros" bent on gaming and video streaming to their hearts' desire.
Barnes & Noble Inc. is to launch its Nook e-reader device in the U.K. this fall, in what represents the U.S. bookseller's first venture beyond its home turf. But with the Kindle already well established in Britain, the question has to be asked: Will there be a niche for the Nook? (See Microsoft Fights Fire With Nook Investment.)