News of Note—Telefónica's new optimization service for mobile; Akamai partners on blockchain and more

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VMware paid $449 million for SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud in the fourth quarter of last year. (Pixabay)

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> Telefónica International Wholesale Services is offering its customers a new service, Data Optimization, which allows them to get quicker access to their mobile content.  Press release.

> Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has partnered with Akamai on a new blockchain payment process that will be in place by 2020.  Fortune article.

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> While the price for VMware's fourth quarter purchase of SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud wasn't released when the deal was first announced, it now looks like VMware forked out $449 million. Futorium article.

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