BT completes EE acquisition; Telefonica to take €2.9B charge on early retirement plan

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> BT said it completed the acquisition of UK mobile operator EE on Jan. 29, as expected. BT announcement

> Telefonica plans to offer employees the option to take early retirement in a plan that will cost €2.9 billion ($3.18 billion). Bloomberg article

> Transport for London (TfL) revealed that mobile device payments account for 3.5 per cent of daily contactless ticket sales, with some 35,000 transactions paid by mobile. Telegraph report

> Apple could turn to wireless charging to give future iPhones a competitive edge. Bloomberg report

> Google faced a fresh European tax demand, as Italian authorities revealed they are seeking around €300 million ($326 million) in back taxes from the company. Wall Street Journal article

> Ericsson said the inauguration of a new 20,000 square metre Global ICT R&D facility in Sweden is an important step in its ICT transformation. Ericsson announcement

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