Apple acquires FoundationDB; BT to start selling wireless in the UK

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> Nielsen will begin offering data on Netflix and Amazon viewing by midyear. Article

> Apple agreed to acquire Virginia-based startup FoundationDB, which has developed database technology that compiles large quantities of digital information quickly. Article

> Google hired Ruth Porat, CFO at Morgan Stanley, as its CFO. Article

> Telefonica SA is selling British cellphone operator O2 to Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong for $13.8 billion in cash. Article (sub. req.)

> BT Group Plc started selling wireless plans in the United Kingdom. Article

> Realm, a startup launched by three former Nokia engineers, says its mobile database is running 100 million devices. Article

> The FCC and FDA are hosting a public workshop March 31 to discuss wireless medical test beds. Article

European Wireless News

> 5G networks will operate like a virtual network designed to support different use cases. Commentary. 

> Telefónica and Hutchison Whampoa Group face a battle with authorities as they seek approval to merge their U.K. businesses, a leading Ovum analyst warned. Article

> The mobile industry has often been criticized for putting technology ahead of what users actually want, but operators and vendors appear to be putting significantly more effort into putting users first as they prepare for "5G" networks. Article

> Dutch operator KPN is waving goodbye to its youth-focused brand, Hi, on May 1, saying that the advent of 4G services means there is a growing lack of differentiation between the needs of Hi and KPN customers. Article

Online Video News

> Jason Kilar's latest venture, Vessel, has launched to the general public, offering monthly subscriptions for $2.99. Article

> The NFL has earmarked one of its Week 7 games, the Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game being played in London, England, to be streaming-only. Article

Cable News

> The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a class-action suit filed against DirecTV over early-termination charges will be subject to continued litigation or binding arbitration. Article

> Describing Sony's over-the-top pay-TV service as a product grossly mismatched with its young, price-conscious male target market, TDG analyst Joel Espelien has declared PlayStation Vue "dead on arrival." Article

Telecom News

> Google Fiber is extending is presence in Utah by naming Salt Lake City as the next city where it will deliver its 1 Gbps-capable fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service. Article

> Verizon is moving ahead with plans to incorporate 100G optical technology into its U.S. metro network, naming Ciena and Cisco as its packet optical network system suppliers. Article

And finally … Ever wonder what you were doing on a certain day in the past? Facebook has a new feature that will help you find out. Article

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