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Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

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China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

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Ukraine Secures Debt-Relief Deal

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Tradition und Revolution auf dem Mobile World Congress

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Besucher des Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Der Mobile World Congress 2013 geht zu Ende – was bleibt, ist die Erkenntnis, dass Konkurrenz eben doch das Geschäft belebt:

Telekom-Riesen wollen das Smartphone-Duopol mit Firefox knacken

Nach vielen Ankündigungen gemeinsamer Zusammenarbeit haben sich die europäischen Telekom-Riesen in diesem Jahr doch mal entschlossen, an einem Strang zu ziehen und unterstützen Mozillas Firefox als neues Betriebssystem für vor allem preiswerte Smartphones. Die Deutsche Telekom will damit beispielsweise in Polen anfangen, weitere osteuropäische Märkte sollen folgen, ob Firefox Smartphones irgendwann auch mal in deutschen T-Shops liegen bleibt offen.

Immerhin: die Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica und andere setzen ein Zeichen: sie sind das Duopol der Betriebssystem, Apples iOs und Googles Android leid sind und auch, wie diese Firmen ihnen das Geschäft erklären (wollen).

Samsung dominiert mit Stand in Größe eines Fußballfeldes

Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass Google sich langsam Sorgen macht, dass Samsung zu übermächtig wird. Die Südkoreaner erlebten in den vergangenen Jahren einen kometenhaften Aufstieg, zogen an Apple als Top Smartphone-Verkäufer vorbei. Entsprechend dominant war ihr Auftritt auf dem diesjährigen Mobile World Congress: Der Stand war so groß, wie ein Fußballfeld. Apple, so viel amerikanische Arroganz muss dann doch sein, zeigt übrigens nie Flagge auf der Veranstaltung in Barcelona, die zu den wichtigsten der Branche in der Welt zählt. Doch der Schein trügt: Mehrere hundert Apple Mitarbeiter nehmen an der Messe teil, die von rund 70.000 Menschen besucht wird.

Weggeblieben ist diesmal auch Blackberry. Ein Manager gestand dem Wall Street Journal Deutschland, dass die Marketing-Ausgaben in diesem Jahr schon für die Einführung des seit über einem Jahr erwartetem Blackberry 10 verbraten wurden, der ab sofort dann doch endlich in Deutschland erhältlich sein werden, exakt ein Monat nach der offiziellen Vorstellung.

Tradition bei Nokia

Derweil lebt Nokia Tradition. Am Messe-Montag um viertel vor neun lädt ihr Boss Stephen Elop die Weltpresse ein – die strömt ein und entdeckt, dass das spannendste  dann doch ein 15 Euro teures Einfachhandy ist, dass nur einmal im Monat an die Steckdose muss. Natürlich zielt Nokia auf potenzielle Kunden in Entwicklungsländern, die noch nie ein Handy in der Hand hatten. Aber auch in Deutschland würde sich das Gerät sicher bestens verkaufen, als Notfall-Handy im Handschuhfach des Autos.

Ob die Finnen aber jemals wieder Anschluss an die Smartphone-Welt in Deutschland gewinnen werden, muss zumindest bezweifelt werden. Chancen, die die neuen schnellen LTE-Netze den Smartphone Herstellern bitten, werden von der asiatischen Konkurrenz – ob LG, HTC, Sony oder Huawei – besser verwertet. Letztere stellten mit dem Ascend P2 sogar ein Smartphone  vor, dass eine Download-Geschwindigkeit von 150 Megabit pro Sekunde bietet – schneller als jedes LTE-Netz in Deutschland bislang ist.

Das Datennetz zählt

Aber das gibt zumindest den Trend vor, den er in Barcelona bekannt machte: mobiles Internet zählt und O2 hat in Deutschland den Trend als erstes erkannt. Ab Freitag bietet es Tarife an, bei denen klassische Telefonate und SMS kostenlos sind, der Kunde zahlt nur noch für mobile Daten – je mehr, je schneller und je mehr er verbraucht.

Mahnende Worte kommen zurecht von Vodafone Boss Vittorio Colao: In der mobilen Welt ist niemand unverletzlich oder gar unsterblich. Das macht den Mobile World Congress in Barcelona jedes Jahr so spannend. Auch wenn die Sensation manchmal ein Einfach-Handy von Nokia ist.

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Google Rebuffs European Union on Antitrust Charges

Google rebuffed the European Union’s demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle.

U.S. Stocks Rally Amid Recovery in Global Markets

Stocks soared for the second day in a row, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average erasing its losses for the week, as renewed optimism about the U.S. economy eased concerns about the pace of global growth. 50

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Austrian Police Find Up to 50 Migrants Dead

Europe’s migrant crisis took a deadly turn deep in the continent with the discovery in Austria of a truck containing up to 50 decomposing corpses.

In Depth

Jihadi Trails: Paths to Syria and Iraq

More than 20,000 foreigners from across the globe are fighting in Syria and Iraq and many come to fight with Islamic State. We chronicle the global scope of their recruitment efforts via the lives and journeys of 10 men and women who traveled to the war zone.

China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The Eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Ukraine Secures Debt-Relief Deal

Ukraine’s government secured a vital debt-relief deal, the country’s finance ministry said, a key step toward unlocking billions of dollars in emergency financing.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece on Thursday named Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou, head of the country’s Supreme Court, as interim prime minister, with the task of leading the country to an election.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

NATO Chief Opens Joint Training Base in Georgia

NATO’s secretary-general opened a new joint training base in Georgia, promising the country could count on its western allies.

The Katrina Diaspora, 10 Years Later

Katrina uprooted tens of thousands of people, scattering them across 45 states, and they settled permanently in new cities such as Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.

U.K. Immigration Reaches Record Level in Year to March

Immigration flows to the U.K. reached a record level during the year ended in March, amid a surge in new arrivals from other European countries as well as from further afield.

Icahn Discloses Stake in Freeport-McMoRan

Activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed a 8.5% stake in mining-and-energy giant Freeport-McMoRan on Thursday, saying its shares are undervalued and that he plans to talk with management about costs.

Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices

Amazon is scaling back its efforts to develop consumer devices, laying off dozens of engineers at its secretive Lab126 hardware-development center and trimming or halting other projects. 50

French Telecom Tycoon Drahi to Hire Alcatel CEO Combes for Top Jobs

French telecommunications tycoon Patrick Drahi will hire Michel Combes, the departing chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent to take top jobs at his French company Numericable-SFR and his holding company Altice.

Port of Hamburg Shows Germany Is Vulnerable on China Trade

China is by far the biggest trading partner for Hamburg, the largest port in the world’s fourth-biggest economy. Now that lucrative traffic is slipping.

Fed Urged Not to Waver on Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Federal Reserve that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already.

Bank Scrambles to Price Funds After Glitch

Computer problems plagued the U.S. asset-management industry for a fourth day, causing hundreds of mutual and ETFs to miscalculate the value of fund assets.

Mitsubishi Corp. to Take Strategic Stake in Olam International

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Canadian Banks Beat Profit Forecasts

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Mansion

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Life

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