France plans to retain stake in Orange; Internet giants slam UK over snooping plans

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> France says it would remain a key shareholder in Orange and would assess any plans to merge with Bouygues Telecom, according to Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy. Reuters article

> Samsung's preliminary fourth quarter 2015 operating income of KRW6.1 trillion (€4.6 billion/$5 billion) fell short of the average KRW6.64 trillion predicted by analysts. Bloomberg report

> Apple, Google and Facebook were among a number of U.S. tech companies to slam UK government proposals to beef up its communications monitoring powers. Wall Street Journal article

> Lebanon-based mobile operator touch extended a network monitoring deal with Astellia to cover its 4G network. Astellia announcement

And finally…Morocco takes the direct approach to dealing with OTT threats to voice calls. Reuters article