VimpelCom COO René Schuster to leave company; Uber plans to woo European cities

> Russian operator VimpelCom said group COO René Schuster will be leaving the company to pursue other business interests. His responsibilities will be assumed temporarily by group CEO, Jo Lunder. Schuster has been with the company for only six months. He was previously CEO of Telefónica Deutschland. Release

> Samsung appointed Lee Don-tae, an executive from a UK design agency, as its new global design team SVP. Report

> Which?, a leading UK consumer magazine, estimates consumers are paying as much as £5.4 billion (€7 billion/$8.1 billion) more for their mobile services than they should. Article

> Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of ride sharing app Uber, launched a PR drive to woo European cities amid a raft of court-ordered bans on the service. Report

And finally…University of Surrey biology students revealed smartphones are a hive of bacteria. Report