News Scan: Blackberry beefs up security bona fides; iWatch could be Apple's mobile payments play; more


>> BlackBerry beefs up enterprise mobile security bona fides

Mobile firm BlackBerry has agreed to buy German encryption firm Secusmart for an undisclosed consideration. The purchase is part of an effort by BlackBerry to beef up its enterprise mobile security bona fides. Secusmart provides voice and data encryption technology to prevent eavesdropping and supplies its products to the German government, including Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read more

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>> Apple could be targeting mobile payments with iWatch

Apple could be eyeing the mobile payments market with its rumored iWatch (or iTime) smartwatch, reports Business Insider. Mobile payment functionality would require near field communication (NFC) capability, something that Apple has so far been reluctant to include in its mobile devices. However, recent reports suggest that NFC might be included in the next iPhone and iWatch, the report notes. Read more

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>> Pirate Bay sails on the mobile seas

Pirate Bay, the torrent site that has been the target of numerous copyright enforcement efforts, has launched a mobile site, the first major design change in nearly a decade, reports TorrentFreak. The Mobile Bay offers a more mobile friendly interface to browse the torrent site. Previously, mobile users had to deal with a smaller version of the site that was hard to read and navigate, the report comments. Read more

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>> Facebook removes messaging from mobile app

Facebook is removing the messaging feature from its mobile app and requiring users to download its standalone Messenger app to send messages, IDG News Service reports. The move is part of Facebook's effort to turn Messenger into an important business for the social network. "In the next few days, we're continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they'll need to download the Messenger app," a Facebook spokeswoman tells IDG in an email. Read more

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>> FTC issues recommendations to stop mobile 'cramming'

The Federal Trade Commission is recommending that mobile carriers take steps to prevent "cramming," the unauthorized charging of mobile services to a customer's bill. These steps include giving consumers the right to block third-party charges; ensuring that advertising, marketing and opt-in process for charges are not deceptive; getting expressed, informed consent before charging consumers; clearly displaying third-party charges on bills; and creating an effective process for resolving disputes. Read more

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