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A price comparison site has revealed that mobile phone service providers in the UK have increased access charges of call made to numbers starting 084, 087, 09 or 118 by as much as 80 per cent.

The increase in charges were imposed soon after Ofcom asked mobile phone companies to provide better transparency by segregating the call charges into an access charge that goes to the mobile phone company and the service charge that is decided by the organisation that the consumer is calling.

Source: TechieNews

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It's a myth that search engines like Google need to keep track of people's digital footprint to make a profit, at least that's what Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of rival search engine DuckDuckGo, says.

DuckDuckGo bills itself as the search engine “that doesn’t track you," and recently announced it sees more than 10 million searches a day.

Sourxe: Business Insider UK

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Google also says it has indexed 100 billion links within apps.

Earlier this year, Google announced that for the first time, it was seeing more search activity on mobile than desktop. The caveat was that this was for 10 countries, including the US. Today, Google has now said this is the case worldwide.

Source: Search Engine Land

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Europe’s annulment of the framework that made it easy for companies to transfer data between data centers in Europe and the US while staying within the limits of European privacy laws has caused a lot of uncertainty for businesses that operate data centers on both sides of the Atlantic.

US cloud services giants have taken steps to make sure they continue to provide services legally using means other than the Safe Harbor framework, but actual consequences of the European Court of Justice ruling earlier this week remain unclear.

Source: Data Center Knowledge

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The Number UK has posted a 10pc fall in turnover but royalties from its European arms have propped up profits

The directory enquiries service 118 118 has seen its revenues fall 10pc last year to £62m, leaving the firm about half as busy as it was five years ago.

The Number UK, which has operated the phone number since directory enquiries were deregulated in 2003, said profits rose from £70.9m to £77m, helped by royalty fees from European subsidiaries.

Chief executive Nik Hole said there “hasn’t really been a significant change in trading volumes” since an Ofcom rule change this summer prompted 118 118 to raise its fees to £2.75 per call plus £2.99 per minute, plus an access charge for the phone operator.

The Cardiff-based company directly employed 51 people at the end of 2014, down from 64 in the prior year and more than 1,000 a decade ago, when the firm had its own call centre.

The Number UK also booked a £10.3m writedown on its subsidiaries KGB Text UK and KGB (UK) Limited. The firm’s ultimate owner is KGB, a New York-based group that runs enquiry services and deals websites around the world.

Source: The Telegraph

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