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Analyst view: Facebook renews its push into mobile payments

According to the Financial Times, Facebook is just ‘weeks away’ from getting an e-money license in Ireland that would allow its users to hold and exchange money on the social networking site. Eden Zoller, m-payments experts at Ovum explains the rationale behind this move: “Ovum predicted Facebook would launch a renewed push into mobile payments… Read more

Eden Zoller

Ovum: A wave of consolidation will occur in social messaging in 2014

The recent acquisitions of WhatsApp by Facebook and Viber by Rakuten signal that social communications, and particularly messaging, are becoming a core part of OTT services, whether their primary focus is social networking, gaming, or even commerce. Ovum expects a wave of consolidation to occur in the social messaging industry in 2014, and some players… Read more

Neha Dharia

Analyst view: ECJ ruling creates a gap in data retention regulation

Today’s decision of the European Courts of Justice, ruling that the Data Retention Directive of 2006 is invalid, has some significant implications but is also an excellent opportunity for the European Commission to rethink its rules on the matter. Luca Schiavoni, telecoms regulation analyst at Ovum has the following comment: “Given the recent efforts of… Read more

Luca Schiavoni