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Euronews: Symbian Staff Flee Accenture

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), Accenture and Orange (NYSE: FTE) are in Tuesday's EMEA headline mix.

  • Nearly half of the 1,200 Symbian developers transferred from Nokia to Accenture last fall are now seeking redundancy packages from their new employer, according to the Finnish news website YLE. A shop steward interviewed by YLE said that there was so little work for the Symbian developers at Accenture that some are left twiddling their thumbs. (See Euronews: Nokia Seals Symbian's Fate and Euronews: Symbian on Life Support (Until 2016).)

  • Valérie Thérond has been appointed senior vice president of Sourcing and Supply Chain at France Telecom. Previously she was chief accounting officer for the group. Among other responsibilities, she will be charge of purchasing activities that are not covered by the BuyIn procurement joint venture with Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT).

  • The Guardian reports that the U.K. government's plans to increase the surveillance of email, Web browsing and the use of social networks has prompted a warning from Internet firms that more repressive regimes elsewhere will use such powers to justify their state surveillance and suppression of political opponents. Thousands of people have already signed a petition against the proposed measures.

  • The CEO of Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) , Saud al-Daweesh, has resigned, reports Reuters. No reason was given.

  • The northern English county of Lancashire is to benefit from government funding channeled through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) after the local authority there agreed a £62.5 million ($100 million) deal with BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) to take fiber broadband to areas of the county not currently covered by commercial rollout plans. Lesser websites might now make reference to ferret-to-the-home (FTTH) or data flat caps, but Light Reading prefers to rise above such infantilisms. (See BT Builds FTTX With Govnt Funds and Broadband Delivery UK Formed.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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