Developers use Android Wear to build a Chromecast smart watch remote

This is pretty cool: Some developers from the Telefonica-owned European mobile carrier O2 have been toying with the idea to use an Android smart watches as a Chromecast remote. The O2 Lab team first used Google’s newly-released Android Wear SDK to build a basic remote control app, and then ported the same app to Sony’s Android-powered smart watch – presumably because they wanted to run it on an actual device as well. Check out the video below:

Is Jajah dead? Well, depends on who and what you ask

Over the weekend, news broke that Telefonica was killing Jajah. While the news created a lot of consternation, the reality is that both parties got what they needed from the $207 million deal. Investors made money and Telefonica got something else.

The U.K.’s smart meter plan kicks into high gear

By the end of the decade almost all of British homes are supposed to get smart, digital, connected utility meters installed. And the plan is seeing some large contracts handed out to vendors like Landis+Gyr and Telefonica.

Telefonica’s E-Plus takeover will get scrutiny at EU level, antitrust chief confirms

European competition chief Joaquin Almunia has reiterated his wish that his department examine Telefonica(s tef)’s proposed takeover of KPN’s E-Plus, which would create Germany’s largest network by subscriber count. Almunia said a week ago that he doesn’t want to leave the case in the hands of the German national regulator due to Telefonica and KPN’s size and importance at the EU level. On Friday, he added that the Commission would “likely continue to assess [mergers such as O2/E-Plus] on the basis of national markets — at least for some time.”