Telefônica gets green light for GVT buy; Isabel dos Santos drops Portugal Telecom bid

> Huawei increased sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year after copying Xiaomi's online sales strategy. Article

> Isabel dos Santos has dropped her €1.2 billion ($1.46 billion) bid for Portugal Telecom SGPS (PT SGPS), removing a potential hurdle to Altice's purchase of PT Portugal from Brazil-based Oi. Article

> O2 Czech Republic Chairman Luis Malvido will leave the company on Dec. 31, 2014. Article

> Brazil's telecoms regulator Anatel approved Telefônica's plan to buy Global Village Telecom (GVT) subject to the fulfilment of a number of conditions. Article

> Sierra Wireless agreed to buy Wireless Maingate AB, a Sweden-based provider of M2M connectivity and data management services, for $90 million (€74 million) in cash. The transaction is expected to close in February 2015. Release

And finally… Repeated use of smartphones is "changing our brains." Article

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