Global News Round-up – Week 17th June


Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content & commerce snapshot.

 Global News Stories

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Samsung to Discuss Partnerships


FBFacebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to boost advertising sales from mobile devices, discussed potential partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co., according to the head of the South Korean company’s handset division.

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European Mobile Market Isn’t Globally Competitive, says EU

Mobile Marketing Magazine

The EU’s commissioner for the digital agenda has outlined her vision for a single European mobile market, which she says is vital if the region is to compete with the US and Asia.

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Connected devices drive online shopping in Hong Kong

Online shopping

Digital Market Asia

Rising ownership of the three screens—personal computers, smartphones and media tablets in Hong Kong has made allowed online shopping to pick up pace in the market. A Gfk report highlights that Gen Y adoption of smartphone for online shopping is highest.

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Starbucks: Mobile payments now 10% of all U.S. transactions


Fierce Mobile Content

Mobile payments now account for more than 10 percent of all transactions across Starbucks stores nationwide, the coffeehouse chain said Tuesday.

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PC, smartphones to get dearer as rupee value falls

Times of India

PC, smartphones to get dearer as rupee value fallsFor laptop, tablet, desktop and smartphone buyers the time to buy the gizmo is now as these are set to get dearer by 5-12% by month end. For the high-tech product industry which works on low inventory (2-3 weeks) and low, single digit margins, the rupee has depreciated faster than it brings out new models into the market and this will see the gadgets becoming dearer by month end.

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How mobile payments might be the global money-laundering machine criminals have dreamed about

mobile banking


Millions of people now use their mobile phones to do their banking, especially in developing parts of the world, and their numbers are growing daily. And hidden among them are criminals who some experts believe are engaged in just as wide a range of criminal activity as those using Liberty Reserve, albeit on a smaller scale—for now.

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15 Hidden iOS 7 Features Apple Didn’t Tell You About


Business Insider

Apple recently unveiled its latest mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads called iOS 7.  The operating system has a brand new look and several new features, but Apple didn’t have time to go over all the changes during its big presentation last week. So what didn’t Apple tell us about iOS 7?

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Apps national package: many questions still hang in the air


Ended this week the deadline for smartphone manufacturers would lead to government proposals for basic packages of national applications to be embedded in products discharged.

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Global News Round-up – These articles are not written by MEF and do not represent any views of individuals, members or the organisation.

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