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Vodafone Privacy Disclosures Seen Spurring Rivals ...

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s sweeping disclosure of wiretapping on its network worldwide means technology and phone companies could follow by revealing how much access governments are seeking to phone calls, data and e-mails.

Deutsche Telekom AG, with 145 million wireless customers in Europe and the U.S., said it may increase disclosure after Vodafone last week released its law-enforcement transparency report, the most comprehensive by a global telecommunications carrier. Vodafone said 29 governments from Albania to the U.K. asked for access to its network or user data, with requests ranging from intercepting calls and messages to accessing data such as conversation and Web-browsing records.

The report underscores how the debate over personal data privacy has shifted one year after documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden shed new light on the extent of government spying. While companies like Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and phone-service providers were long seen as being the primary culprits, Snowden’s revelations gave companies the ammunition for laying blame with governments.

“They want to put the onus back on the government and say: ‘It’s not us,’” said Chetan Sharma, an independent wireless ...

5 Tools to Secure a ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device&#...

Smartphones and tablets are powerful productivity tools. Your small business may even count on them to help your employees stay connected and productive away from the office. Some businesses issue a company-owned smartphone to each employee, but employees might be better served by a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. BYOD isn't just cheaper and easier than the alternative; it can also make for happier, more productive employees.

But using personal smartphones for business can be risky. If you're not careful, adopting a BYOD policy could compromise sensitive company data. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to mitigate security risks. Here are five simple tools your company can use to keep its data safe and secure.

1. For email…

Office 365 (all mobile platforms)

Any old webmail service will do for personal use, but when running a business it pays to invest in a secure, business-class email service — especially if your company operates under a BYOD policy. But business-class email can be pricey, especially for a small business on a limited budget.

A subscription to Microsoft Office 365 includes secure email for your employees, with ActiveSync support for every major ...

The Best POS Systems

Choosing the right point-of-sale (POS) system is critical to a business' success. An alternative to traditional cash registers and credit card readers, POS systems offer advanced capabilities beyond the ability to collect payments. POS systems also make business owners' lives easier by providing automated ways to track sales, control inventory, manage customers and streamline the accounting process.

As all-in-one solutions, POS systems include all the basic hardware and software that a business needs to manage its sales, inventory and customers. There are several types of POS systems, each of which caters to a different type of business.

Retailer POS systems typically include a terminal, monitor, bar-code scanner, cash drawer, card reader, keyboard, mouse, receipt printer and retail software. For restaurants, POS systems usually come with a touch-screen monitor, terminal, receipt printer, cash drawer, card reader and restaurant software, as well as options for kitchen printers, wireless table-side order-entry devices, and customer displays. Customized POS packages are also available for other types of businesses, such as salons and grocery stores.

BusinessNewsDaily's sister site, TopTenREVIEWS, does extensive in-depth reviews of POS systems. Here are TopTenREVIEWS' top three recommendations for POS systems:

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Rostelecom CEO Says Tele2 Russia Deal Will Create ...

OAO Rostelecom (RTKM) Chief Executive Officer Sergey Kalugin made his case for the planned combination of the state-run phone company’s mobile assets with Tele2 Russia, saying the deal will boost their competitiveness.

“Combining our mobile assets with Tele2 Russia, we will increase their value,” Kalugin said yesterday in an interview at Rostelecom’s headquarters in Moscow. “The combined business will grow faster under Tele2 management, which has proved its ability to develop regional mobile networks efficiently.”

Rostelecom is working with Tele2 Russia owners including state-run VTB Group (VTBR) to combine the two wireless operations, with Rostelecom owning 45 percent of the venture and Tele2 Russia the rest, Kalugin said. The merged carrier -- set to be worth about $7 billion, according to Otkritie Capital -- will be a stronger rival to OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MBT),OAO MegaFon (MFON) and VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) as the market benefits from rising mobile Web-browsing.

The deal also lets Rostelecom focus on building its fixed-line operations into a phone, Internet and television service resembling Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), he said. A more focused fixed-line provider is better equipped ...

10 Places Where Google Glass is Banned

Google Glass isn’t even readily available to the public yet and it’s already been banned in certain places. If you’re not keeping up with the times, I’m going to go into explaining what Google Glass or Google Glasses actually are.

Basically, Google Glass is like wearing a computer on your head and they fit like a normal pair of glasses. Yes, I’m being completely serious. It’s sort of like having your own HuD from a video game right in front of your face.

Google Glass works via voice commands and you can do some pretty sweet things with it. For instance, you can record video, take pictures, get directions, etc… Basically, you can do anything with Google Glass that you can do with your smart phone.

Even though Google Glass hasn’t officially been released to the public yet, it’s already been banned in certain places. A lot of concern has risen in regards to Google Glass and intrusion of privacy.

You have to keep in mind that with Google Glass; people could be recorded in public and never know it.

Due to these privacy concerns, Google Glass has already been banned in certain places.

Below, you will find a ...

8 Essential Apps To Help You Successfully Work Fro...

More and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. These companies have found that it’s a great way to please their employees, and it’s also a great way to cut overhead costs.

If you are working from home, it’s important that you stay organized and prove to your boss that you’re using your time wisely. After all, if your boss realizes that you’re slacking off while on the clock, they will use it as a reason to let you go. Thankfully, with the power of technology at your fingertips, there are plenty of apps that can help you be successful and organized while working from home.

1. Dropbox

When you work from home, you will need to share files with your coworkers and clients, and if you have a big attachment, you know that sometimes email just doesn’t cut it. Thankfully, you can use Dropbox, a tool that allows you to save all of your work on the cloud and share it with anyone. With Dropbox, not only will you be able to easily share your documents with coworkers and clients, but you’ll also be able ...