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Apple’s Jobs takes medical leave

Apple’s Steve Jobs has revealed that he will be taking a medical leave of absence, but has said he will remain CEO of the company and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company. Current Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook takes on responsibility for Apple’s day-to-day operations. Jobs also took a leave in the […]

January 17, 2011

China’s tougher stance on online piracy

China will step up its fight to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) by targeting online piracy, state media has said, amid calls for Beijing to do more on widespread copyright infringement. “It is vital to protect online IPR,” Wang Ziqiang, spokesman for the National Copyright Administration, was quoted as saying by the China Daily. “If […]

January 17, 2011

Russia: Internet users responsible for piracy

Internet users — not Internet companies — should be held legally accountable for uploading pirated content on web sites, Russian Communications and Press Minister Igor Shchyogolev has said. But Shchyogolev added that it is in the responsibility of the Internet companies to delete illegal content “upon the signal from the lawful property rights owner.” The […]

January 17, 2011

South Africa: DSO completed in 2013

South Africa will complete the process of migrating from analogue to digital television by December 2013, Communications Minister Radhakrishna Padayachie has stated. The analogue switch off date was originally set for November 2011 but has since been changed to December 2013 by government. The minister also confirmed South Africa would adopt the DVB-T2 standard for […]

January 17, 2011

US and Europe Cable Labs co-op

Cable Television Laboratories and Cable Europe Labs have committed to a closer and more extensive working relationship under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a one-year trial programme by which the two cable research and development organisations might develop longer-term joint cooperation. “This accord builds upon the five years of collaboration on specification development and […]

January 17, 2011

Grass Valley unveils new leadership team

Following its acquisition by Francisco Partners, Grass Valley has announced a new executive team which will be headquartered in San Francisco, California.  Leading the team as President and CEO will be Alain Andreoli. Alain was most recently an Operating Partner at Francisco Partners, and prior to that has held leadership positions at several technology companies […]

January 17, 2011

BBC: Ofcom says BSkyB bid must be referred

The BBC’s Business Editor Robert Peston says the Ofcom report to Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary  recommends News Corp’s proposed takeover of BSkyB should be referred to the Competition Commission. Ofcom handed its report into the Department of Culture of Media and Sport on December 30th and speculation has been widespread that it ‘plays safe’ […]

January 14, 2011

ProSieben owners sell stake cut

The private equity owners of ProSiebenSat.1 have sold €196 million of preference shares in the German television broadcaster, highlighting a sharp recovery at the company that had been considered a potential write-off during the economic crisis. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Permira, which bought a controlling stake in ProSieben four years ago in a deal valuing […]

January 14, 2011

Index Ventures in America

UK VC Index Ventures, home of Mike Volpi former CDEO of Joost, is opening an office in San Francisco. Volpi says Index has invested in more than 58 companies which started in the US and 35 European companies that conduct business in America. Index investments include OpenX, Flipboard,, Stardoll, Mind Candy, Go Try It […]

January 14, 2011

Hunt: BSkyB decision bound to be challenged

Jeremy Hunt, UK Culture Secretary, admitted that whatever decision he took on referring the News Corp BSkyB bid to the Competition Commission it was bound to be judicially challenged by the ‘losing’ side. He refused to give a timetable for his decision but said: “”This is a very, very hot potato and I’m aware of […]

January 13, 2011