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16 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave? Yes, at Vodafone

Company to also offer full pay for 30-hour weeks for mom's first 6 months back

(Newser) - The US is the only country out of 38 that doesn't require paid maternity leave, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. And while the US Family and Medical Leave Act does provide for up to 12 weeks of leave for some employees with a new baby or... More »

Egypt Launches Terror Probe Against ... a Puppet?

Vodafone ad sparks conspiracy theory

(Newser) - Prosecutors from Egypt's feared state security unit this week called in Vodafone Egypt executives for questioning about allegations that it was delivering coded messages to Muslim Brotherhood terrorists … via a commercial starring puppets. Egypt has been buzzing over the ad, in which a motherly figure named Abla Fahita... More »

Verizon, Vodaphone CEOs Strike Vast Deal—at the Gym

Verizon buys out Vodafone in 3rd-biggest deal ever

(Newser) - Things seem pretty cozy at the top in the world of telecommunications: Verizon has bought out its British partner Vodafone and the CEOs involved say the third-biggest corporate deal in history was forged in a San Francisco gym. "We got up early. We were both down at the gym... More »

New Vodafone CEO Has Tough Calls Ahead

Verizon partnership, growth will be at the top of Colao's to-do list

(Newser) - A slowing global economy and continued investor unease over Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless will likely provide a turbulent welcome for new CEO Vittorio Colao when he takes the reins of the wireless provider in July, the Wall Street Journal reports. Colao will succeed Arun Sarin, who's set... More »

Reorganization Shakes Microsoft Management

Cellphone, online services VPs out

(Newser) - Under pressure from strong competition, especially in the cellphone business, Microsoft revealed a major executive shakeup yesterday, reports the New York Times. Mobile communications operations senior VP Pieter Knook is heading off to help Vodafone get into mobile Internet services, according to the Wall Street Journal. Another big departure is... More »

India Rolls Out $20 Cell Phone

The bare-bones 'people's phone' aimed at the half of Indians who have no mobile

(Newser) - On the heels of India’s $2,400 car comes its $20 mobile handset, the “people’s phone,” the Times of London reports. It has no smart features—not even a screen. “It is just a phone,” says the chairman of Spice Mobile, the phone’s... More »

Deutsche Telekom Wins Back iPhone Locking Rights

German appeals court reverses Nov. injunction

(Newser) - T-Mobile regained the right to sell iPhones in Germany that use their network exclusively, in a reversal of an injunction last month that forced them to start selling an unlocked version, the AP reports. T-Mobile’s parent, Deutsche Telekom, will link the phones to a two-year contract in an arrangement... More »

Court: Deutsche Telekom Must Sell iPhone Minus Contract

No exclusive deal with Apple allowed

(Newser) - Deutsche Telekom can't force customers to buy a phone contract from them if they buy an iPhone in Germany, says a German court decision in a suit brought by rival carrier Vodafone, reports the Financial Times. DT says they will start offering the phones without a contract immediately, but they... More »

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