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Our client Truphone has turned the mobile world on its head today with the launch of Truphone World literally made the most traveled parts of the world one country. Add in local numbers in eight of those, really competitive rates for calls, text and data and you see the value. Read on here or read and watch TMC's Rich Tehrani's coverage.

There's plenty more in the new today about other Comunicano clients. Vobi, an early stage collaboration and conversation startup also caught Tehrani's eye plus lots going on with the funding of Silent Circle, growth in crowdfunding and more...

 

 
 

 
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Truphone Takes on the World

Global mobile network operator Truphone is expanding its enterprise offering in a big way, adding 66 countries to its roster of eight in which users can pay local rates and share up to half a terabyte of data with their co-workers. The international roaming provider supports what it calls the Truphone Ltd.

 
 

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The investment in Silent Circle will likely cause some eyes to roll but with Blackberry no longer being the enterprises first choice in handsets the opportunity for something else that's secure and uses Android as the core OS could be a very interesting play.

 

 
 

 
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Privacy can be lucrative - Silent Circle just pulled in $30M in funding

Proving there's money in privacy these days, secure communications firm Silent Circle has announced a $30 million funding round from investors including Ross Perot Jr and Cain Capital. What's more, Perot and Sir Peter Bonfield, once upon a time the head of British Telecom, have joined Silent Circle's advisory board.

 
 

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Crowdfunding is a space that covers Crowd Equity and Rewards Funding. The space is getting more and more interesting and attractive to all kinds of serious investors as evidenced by just who is putting the money in to drive growth.

 

 
 

 
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Early Crowdfunding Player Indiegogo Brings On Famous New Investors

As the nascent industry of crowdfunding matures, some big-name investors are getting involved. Indiegogo, an early player, said an all-star list of tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists is now backing the company.

 
 

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The World's Bank: How Crowdfunding is Disrupting Old Banking

By Julie Hanna and Reid Hoffman In San Francisco, Teresa Goines is breaking down deeply entrenched cycles of poverty and crime, one bowl of peanut butter stew at a time. Old Skool Café, the 1940's supper club she started, gives jobs to at-risk and former gang youth.

 
 

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The DEMO Conference was once THE place to be. Well now they are returning to their roots, but making the entry free to seed stage companies in hopes to restore luster to the once marquee event.

 

 
 

 
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DEMO Is Now Free For All Seed-Stage Startups

By Erick Schonfeld At DEMO, we are committed to finding the very best products and startups to show the rest of the world what is possible when new technologies, great design, and entrepreneurship combine to solve big problems. We know that great ideas can come from anywhere.

 
 

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The news about changes coming to the way healthcare is applied was one of the key themes at last weeks WLSA Convergence Summit. Now Forbes is picking up on the notion.

 

 
 

 
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Healthcare Beware! New Intruders are Coming - Introducing the New Gold Rush

As the healthcare industry is transforming and becoming more consumer driven, the "5 Ps" are becoming the hub of the industry: prevention, personalization, prediction, preemption and personal responsibility. As a result, there is a rush of new stakeholders who are entering the game and changing many of the rules. Who [...]

 
 

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VoLTE (voice over LTE) is getting its push as Verizon Wireless is looking to make the V stand for video. Over in France Bouygues Telecom (who wants to merge with Orange now) is also deploying VoLTE really soon.

 

 
 

 
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Verizon's voice-over-LTE service will include Facetime-like video calling at launch

AT&T may have beat Verizon off the starting line when it took its new voice-over-LTE service live this week, but Verizon said on Tuesday it plans to finish the VoLTE race strong.

 
 

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There's a growing trend towards Voice over LTE. Now we're seeing Verizon Wireless getting ready with their own video calling service.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Bouygues jumps on VoLTE bandwagon

 

In the latest of a rash of VoLTE announcements, French carrier Bouygues Telecom said it would start carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year with a view to commercial launch of the service in 2015.

 

 
 

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If IOT (internet of Things) is going to grow it seems it will need its own network.  A company in the Bay Area, SigFOX is rolling out a LOW SPEED network to do just that. This is a boon to developers as the ideas coming along don't all need LTE as evidenced by what AT&T has shown at their recent showcase events.

 

 
 

 
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SigFox Installing a Cellular Network for the Internet of Things in San Francisco and Silicon Valley 

 

San Francisco is set to get a new cellular network later this year, but it won't help fix the city's spotty mobile-phone coverage. This wireless network is exclusively for things. The French company SigFox says it picked the Bay Area to demonstrate a wireless network intended to make it cheap and practical to link anything to the Internet, from smoke detectors to dog collars, bicycle locks, and water pipes.

 

 
 

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AT&T Innovation Showcase Features Trackable Luggage, Big Data Visualizers

At AT&T's Innovation Showcase in New York City Friday, the company showed off a variety of projects being developed within AT&T Labs. The event's general theme was the shift to more cloud-based networks and the greater interconnectivity of devices (the horribly titled, " Internet of Things").

 
 

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MiFis and Dongles/USB sticks are losing traction in Australia, and likely everywhere in the world according to a report. Most of the data that's being accessed is coming from tethered smartphone or tablets it seems.

 

 
 

 
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Australians shunning dedicated mobile broadband devices: Telsyte

Summary: Despite ever-growing amounts of mobile data being consumed, Australians are increasingly choosing to tether mobile phones and use public Wi-Fi over purchasing a mobile broadband device, a survey from Telsyte says. Australians are shunning mobile Wi-Fi modems and turning to smartphone tethering and public Wi-Fi hotspots for their internet, new research reveals.

 
 

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In an effort to aussage the challengers to the new non-neutrality network approach of the FCC's Chairman, the spin machine is at work saying "we'll look into it" surrounding the Netflix interconnection war. 

 

 
 

 
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FCC Will Look Into Netflix's Peering Complaints, Chairman Says

The FCC will look into issues raised recently by Netflix and other companies about Internet traffic delivery, chairman Tom Wheeler said at a hearing Tuesday, as he faced a bipartisan chorus of complaints about his recent net neutrality proposal.

 
 

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Time for a good laugh. BlueJeans Network pokes fun at Cisco's latest news in collaboration.

 

 
 

 
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Blue Jeans mocks Cisco's me-too cloud videoconferencing service with hilarious video

"Dudes, we forgot the cloud!" Blue Jeans, which calls itself the "#1 cloud-based video conferencing service," is mocking Cisco's announcement yesterday of "Collaboration Meeting Rooms," a cloud-based service that will bring costs down to "tens of dollars" per month. That is, of course, where Blue Jeans has already been for more than a year.

 
 

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