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Business

Nokia agrees to buy networks rival Alcatel

Two of the industry's biggest network players, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, are  merging.

Adam Ewing and Marie Mawad   Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-stock deal valued at 15.6 billion euros ($21.8 billion) to create the world's largest supplier of equipment that powers mobile phone networks.

Business

Nokia in merger talks with Alcatel-Lucent as competition escalates

Two of the industry's biggest network players, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, are in advanced talks.

MARK SCOTT and DAVID JOLLY   Two of the industry's biggest network players, Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, are in advanced talks toward a merger.

Business

Westpac's IT department seeks gender balance

Carmen Beverley-Smith is  head of technology optimisation for Westpac.

Beverley Head   Carmen Beverley-Smith left school at 17 with no idea that one of her first ever IT roles would be as head of technology optimisation for Westpac.

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Anti-trust

New EU competition chief gives hope to Google anti-trust complainants

The stakes are high for Google, which faces a fine of as much as $US6.6 billion if found guilty of anti-competitive behaviour.

After waiting more than four years for Brussels to resolve his anti-trust complaint against Google, Michael Weber held out little hope of success. Until now.

Business

Samsung shows signs of a turnaround

Refreshing: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

After nearly two years of suffering at the hands of upstart rivals and established industry giants, Samsung may finally be on the mend.

Business

Is this Silicon Valley's most hated man?

Jay Edelson claims to have won more than $1 billion in settlements, a number that is difficult to confirm because many of those agreements are private.

Conor Dougherty   When tech executives imagine the bogeyman, they see Jay Edelson, a baby-faced lawyer in wire-rim glasses.

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Antitrust

US tech giants targeted in Europe antitrust inquiries

A commuter wearing Beats headphones in New York. European concerns focus on whether Apple may try to persuade labels to favour its new streaming service over those of rivals.

Mark Scott   Apple, which already is under scrutiny for its low corporate tax arrangements in Ireland, is now facing potential antitrust questions from the European Commission about the company's new music streaming service expected this year.

The PayPal Mafia's unicorn factory

Investor Peter Thiel.

DAVID GELLES   The ride-hailing app Uber, the apartment rental site Airbnb and other darlings of the next generation of Silicon Valley startups are reshaping the way people use the web.

Business

The key to getting ahead for female tech entrepreneurs

Caroline Woodhouse says she needs a man in meetings to get attention.

Beverley Head   Caroline Woodhouse needed a man to reach the big end of town.

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Former army officer Kerry lists his warning system start-up on the ASX

Kerry Plowright.

Kerry Plowright lives in Byron Bay and has been plugging away at delivering weather and natural disaster warning information straight to your smartwartch. On Wednesday he listed his company on the ASX.

The tweet that added $1 billion to company's bottom line

Elon Musk's news sparked the hashtag #TeslaNewProductGuesses, with guesses ranging from a time machine to a real-life Iron Man suit.

Elon Musk, the billionaire technology entrepreneur, has announced a "major" new Tesla product line that is "not a car", in a cryptic tweet which has left millions guessing.

Business

Will Quickflix become digital roadkill in streaming war?

Stephen Langsford's video streaming platform Quickflix is in a fight for its life.

Hannah Francis   The day after Netflix launched in Australia, Quickflix founder Stephen Langsford sent an email around to his staff asking if they were still alive.

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Apple chief Tim Cook Cook to give wealth away

Tim Cook plans to give his wealth away.

Apple chief Tim Cook is joining Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and other technology titans who have vowed to donate their wealth to charities, according to a report in Fortune magazine.

How one woman disrupted Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao (R) and attorney Alan Axelrod walk to their courtroom before the start of her trial at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California, February 23, 2015. Pao, a former partner at prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is seeking $16 million for discrimination and retaliation in a lawsuit against the firm, a Kleiner attorney said earlier this month. Kleiner has denied the accusations of discrimination and retaliation, along with accusations that it did not take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

FARHAD MANJOO   Ellen Pao's gender bias case has accomplished something improbable.

Social

Facebook wants Messenger to become a hub for commerce

Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's F8 developer conference in San Francisco.

Vindu Goel   Social network opens chat app up to developers, allowing for applications like ordering food or tracking packages through chats with businesses, or more customisable games and emoji.

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Streaming

Apple, Beats move forward with streaming service to rival Spotify

Moving to the Beats: Ian Rogers, the chief executive of Beats Music (left), Luke Wood, chief executive of Beats by Dre, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, record producer Jimmy Iovine, and Dr. Dre.

Ben Sisario, Brian X. Chen   Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

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Software

Microsoft partners with Android tablet-makers in mobile Office push

Samsung will be one of 11 partner companies to pre-install Microsoft Office on their Android devices.

Nick Wingfield   Microsoft is serious about making its most lucrative business, Office, relevant for mobile users. What is less clear is how much money it will be able to make from them.

Wearables are the next smartphones, says Telstra

Telstra chief technology officer Vish Nandlall.

Hannah Francis   Telstra is preparing for the "Internet of Things", and 5G will play a crucial role.

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Start-up

Melbourne clusters around start-ups

Cluster

Lia Timson   Lord mayor Robert Doyle says the Victorian capital has the economic pillars needed to sustain business growth.

CeBIT

Angela Merkel urges closer ties with rising tech giant China

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China's Vice Premier Ma Kai (L) and Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma at the official opening of the CeBIT Hanover 2015.

Frank ZELLER   German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged closer high-tech cooperation with China as she opened a major IT business fair where the Asian giant is the official partner country.

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