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Amazon introduces new Echo smart home devices, revamps Echo Show

2018-09-21 09:52:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Amazon has launched a range of new voice-activated Echo devices at a hardware event in Seattle, including a connected amplifier, camera, clock and microwave, while introducing revamped versions of its Echo Show smart home hub and Echo Dot speakers. The new smart home lineup includes a USD 60 Amazon Basics microwave with Alexa voice controls and Dash button functionality, a USD 180 Ring security camera, a USD 50 Echo Auto hands-free dashcam device, a USD 30 wall clock, a USD 25 Echo Smart plug and a USD 300 connected amplifier called Echo Link Amp with a built-in 60W 2-channel amplifier to improve sound quality. 

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Comcast, Fox agree to auction in Sky bidding war

2018-09-20 14:33:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) The UK Takeover Panel has declared that Comcast and Fox will need to compete in an auction to determine which company wins the bidding for pay-TV provider Sky. As neither has been able to complete its bid, they will enter a one-day auction of a maximum three rounds on 22 September. 

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Vonage expands in call centre market with takeover of NewVoiceMedia for USD 350 mln

2018-09-20 14:19:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) Vonage announced an agreement to acquire NewVoiceMedia, a cloud Contact Center-as-a-Service (CCaaS) provider, for an equity price of USD 350 million in cash. The deal builds on Vonage's expansion into the business services and UCaaS market with a strong player in the growing segment of contact centres. 

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Nigeria central bank says working on 'equitable resolution' of MTN funds claim

2018-09-20 10:35:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) The Central Bank of Nigeria said it's working on an "equitable resolution" of its claim against four banks and mobile operator MTN Nigeria of USD 8 billion in illegally expatriated funds. In a statement, the central bank said it is reviewing additional information received from the banks and MTN with a view to reaching a settlement. 

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Amazon faces EU competition investigation over use of sellers data

2018-09-20 08:52:00| Telecompaper Headlines

(Telecompaper) The EU's competition authorities have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant's treatment of smaller merchants on its website. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she wants to examine how Amazon uses data it gathers through transactions, including those involving rival sellers, on its platform, the Washington Post reports. 

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