Technology – 14 December 2014

United States says no to U.N. telecommunications treaty

Written by Brittany Hillen, Published on Slash Gear

Today, nations gathered in Dubai to vote on the UN’s telecommunications treaty, which many fear threatens the very foundations of the Internet. The United States rejected the agreement, stating that it will not sign unless “major revisions” were implemented.

iPhone infringes on patents from MobileMedia, jury rules

Written by Lance Whitney, Published on CNET

Ruling finds that Apple violated three patents from MobileMedia, a holding company jointly owned by Sony, Nokia, and MPEG LA.

 Threat of mass cyberattacks on U.S. banks is real, McAfee warns

Written by Dara Kerr, Published on CNET

A new security report by McAfee confirms that cybercriminals claiming to hack into hundreds of bank accounts next spring is a “credible threat.”

Alcatel-Lucent Secures $2.1 Billion Debt Financing from Credit Suisse, Goldman

Written by DANA CIMILLUCA, Published on WSJ

Alcatel-Lucent SA ALU.FR -0.12% has secured a €1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) debt financing deal with banks that the money-losing telecom-equipment company hopes will buy enough time to return the company to profitability, according to people familiar with the matter.

Seattle partners with Gigabit Squared to offer gigabit Internet

Written by Brittany Hillen, Published on Slash Gear

Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn has announced that the Emerald City will be getting its own gigabit Internet connection in the relatively near future. This comes after an agreement with the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared.

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