Apple hasn't even confirmed the next version of the iPhone and already Chinese online retailers are offering it on pre-order, according to a Reuters report. Sellers on the online retail platform Taobao are said to have started taking orders for the device, asking for deposits or full payments of more than $1,000. Reflecting the uncertain nature of when the new iPhone will be released, the sellers aren't promising specific delivery dates.

Employees of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North railroad will be able to use their smartphone to buy train tickets starting this summer. The transportation agency is working with mobile ticketing company Masabi on the pilot project, which will let railroad employees buy tickets through apps on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices. If the trial run is successful, Metro-North will offer the service to regular passengers. Separately, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is working with Masabi to launch a smartphone rail ticketing system this fall.

Mobile advertising platform Tapjoy is working with Kontagent, which specializes in enterprise analytics. The companies aren't providing details on joint products, but Tapjoy CEO Mihir Shah said in today's announcement that the partnership will "provide more solutions to help developers improve user acquisition, retention and monetization."

ViewCast Corporation has appointed Wayne Shackelford as its new vice president of worldwide sales. Shackelford most recently served as general manager of hosted sales for ASSIA's DSL management software division, where he helped forge key partnerships with global telecommunications clients. ViewCast specializes in streaming video over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks.

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, is launching two apps today, both built by and powered by Adobe. NBC Olympics Live Extra, will allow cable, satellite and telco customers to live stream more than 3,500 hours of content, including all 32 sports, every athletic competition and all 302 medal events. The second app, simply titled NBC Olympics, will provide short-form highlights, TV and online schedules, live results, columns and the new Primetime Companion feature, which offers a "second-screen experienc"e for NBC's nightly primetime Olympic broadcasts.