Michelle Richardson, legislative council with the American Civil Liberties Union, told the publication she thinks CISPA is “dead for now,” and said the Senate will “probably pick up where it left off last year.”
Smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time in the first quarter of 2013, according to the International Data Corporation. Vendors shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in 1Q13 compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012 and 483.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.
In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, which marked the first time more than half (51.6%) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones. The market grew 41.6% compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12.
The other major trend in the industry is the emergence of Chinese companies among the leading smartphone vendors, noted Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team.
“A year ago, it was common to see previous market leaders Nokia, BlackBerry (then Research In Motion), and HTC among the top five. Now Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE as well as Coolpad and Lenovo, have made significant strides to capture new users with their respective Android smartphones.”
“We don’t and can’t compete on breadth with Comcast, Sky, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, or Google. For us to be hugely successful we have to be a focused passion brand. Starbucks, not 7-Eleven. Southwest, not United. HBO, not Dish.”
Hastings said Netflix is now spending over $2 billion a year on the licensing and creation of content and spending another $350 million a year on improving its service and apps and $450 million per year on marketing in all of its markets around the world.
Ericsson, the world’s largest telecom equipment vendor, earned USD $181 million on sales of USD $7.8 billion during the first quarter. Sales were up 7% year-on-year, but operating margin and earnings declined.
Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, said that network rollouts can put pressure on margins as vendors compete to win new contracts. With many parts of the world rolling out LTE, Ericsson expects more pricing pressure.
A source close to Huawei followed up by saying it was premature to conclude the company would scrap its plans for the American market. The company encountered a series of problems in the U.S., but the American market has never been a major source of business.
“Without a doubt they will continue to do business in America, but Huawei’s main markets are in Asia and Europe, amongst others,” the source added through e-mail.
The two sources said Verizon was considering a 50:50 cash and stock bid for the 45 percent stake it does not already own.
Vodafone investors and analysts said the $100 billion figure was too low and more of an opening gambit to bring the British firm to the table. Shares in Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile operator, were up 2.6 percent.
The two sources who spoke to Reuters late on Wednesday said any deal would be structured such that the eventual tax bill would likely be $5 billion or less.
Analysts have said a sale of Verizon Wireless would enable Vodafone to return cash to shareholders, purchase fixed-line assets in Europe or potentially make the company an attractive takeover target for other telecom giants such as AT&T Inc.
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