News Scan: Google violates antitrust laws, suit says; IoT security to prompt IT overhaul;

>> Google violates antitrust laws with Android agreements, alleges lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday alleges that Google's agreements with certain Android device makers violate U.S. antitrust laws, Re/code reports. Plaintiffs, who include Android device makers not named in the suit, argue that mobile application distribution agreements (MADA) that Google has with Android device makers that use Gmail, YouTube and other Google apps hinder competition. "Google's MADAs are contracts in restraint of trade that are designed to maintain and extend its monopolies in general search and handheld general search," according to the lawsuit. Read more

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>> IoT security will force overhaul of IT security programs, says Gartner

The power and proliferation of connected objects, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will prompt chief information security officers to reassess the scope of their security responsibilities, predicts Gartner. The research firm forecasts that IoT security needs will force the overhaul of more than half of enterprise IT security programs by 2020. "The IoT is redrawing the lines of IT responsibilities for the enterprise. Securing the IoT expands the responsibility of the traditional IT security practice with every new identifying, sensing and communicating device that is added for each new business use case," says Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner. Read more

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>> Tablet shipments stagnate in first quarter, says IDC

Worldwide tablet shipments, which include 2-in-1 devices, totaled 50.4 million units in the first quarter, a modest 3.9 percent year-over-year growth and steep 35.7 percent sequential decline, according to preliminary data from IDC. "The rise of large-screen phones and consumers who are holding on to their existing tablets for ever longer periods of time were both contributing factors to a weaker-than-anticipated quarter for tablets and 2-in-1s. In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments," says Tom Mainelli, IDC program vice president for devices and displays. Read more

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>> Indoor location retail revenues to pass $5B in 2019, predicts ABI

Revenues from indoor location-based retail services are forecast by ABI Research to surpass $5 billion in 2019. "Retailers now understand the need to address the newly emerging smartphone shopper. Analytics is a fundamental first step, but longer term, a combination of targeted in-store offers, hyperlocal search and in-application advertising will drive $5 billion in revenue in 2019, enabling retailers to better reach their customers both in-store and at home," says ABI senior analyst Patrick Connolly. Read more

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>> Carriers to ramp up Wi-Fi access point deployments, predicts Infonetics

Carriers surveyed by Infonetics Research said they plan to increase the average number of Wi-Fi access points to more than 44,000 next year, up from 32,000 access points this year. "Operators are betting pretty big on carrier Wi-Fi, but they're also keen to develop ways of monetizing services so that Wi-Fi starts to pay for itself over the coming years. Wi-Fi roaming and location-based services are examples of customer plans that are growing fast," says Richard Webb, directing analyst for mobile backhaul and small cells at Infonetics. Read more

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