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At CTIA: Making Money with Mobile Web & Apps

May 8, 2012 5:39 am | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS—One of the more intriguing questions at Monday’s 5th annual Mobile Web & Apps preshow conference at CTIA Wireless 2012 was one that didn’t get answered. Josh Rochlin, CEO of the 3 year old mobile technology company Xtify, moderated

OpenMarket Debuts Push Notifications Services

May 7, 2012 5:23 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

OpenMarket today announced its Push Notifications services, an expansion of its mobile messaging capabilities, for businesses that want to go beyond SMS and engage with consumers via smartphone applications. It’s a significant development for the company and the time is

Possible Jury Impasse Looms in Oracle-Google Trial

May 4, 2012 6:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court jury is having a difficult time reaching a verdict in a complex copyright infringement trial pitting Oracle against Google. A question posed late Thursday in a note from one of the 12 jurors

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LG Beta Program Takes to the Clouds

April 30, 2012 6:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LG Electronics is setting up shop on the cloud, with the beta opening of LG Cloud service on May 1. LG promises “seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices,” in much the same way

Microsoft Buys into B & N Nook Business

April 30, 2012 6:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a contentious history of patent wrangling between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft, the two companies today announced that Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, forming a new subsidiary, Newco. The formation of

Keynote Index Shows Flaws in Mobile Travel Sites

April 24, 2012 6:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While you might not feel like the airlines are the fastest and most reliable industry in the world while you're waiting for your plane to arrive at the gate, they do have some of the fastest and most reliable mobile

AT & T Offers Watson API for Speech Recognition

April 20, 2012 7:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has announced it will offer developers access to its Watson speech recognition engine through new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Watson can detect spoken words, regardless of accent or dialect and turn them into text. The API would allow developers

Microsoft Revenue Up 6%; WP7 Still Struggling

April 20, 2012 7:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft late Thursday reported fiscal third quarter 2012 earnings that beat analyst expectations. The company reported revenue up 6 percent to $17.41 billion. Operating income came in at $6.37 billion, while net income of $5.11 billion, or 60 cents per

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eBay CEO Talks Impact of Mobile

April 19, 2012 7:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

eBay CEO John Donahoe sees enormous opportunity for PayPal online, on mobile devices and, increasingly, in the offline environment. "PayPal is delivering this innovation on a global scale," Donahoe said, according to a transcript of the company's earnings call provided

YouMail Ends BlackBerry Support

April 16, 2012 6:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In what appears to be a sign of the times for Research In Motion (RIM), YouMail on Friday announced via its official blog that it is abandoning support for the BlackBerry platform.  YouMail, which provides voicemail service, has just released

DOJ Suit Alleges Apple, Publishers Fixed eBook Prices

April 12, 2012 7:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple, along with five major book publishers, alleging the parties fixed prices on the eBook market. At a press conference yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder

Loyal Instagram Users Fret about Facebook's Reach

April 11, 2012 7:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Poor Instagram users. First, their beloved photo sharing application moves from iPhone only exclusivity to the Android phone masses. A week later, Facebook swallows up the tiny startup behind the app for $1 billion. The purchase

Facebook Acquires Instagram for $1B

April 9, 2012 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook today said it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram for approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and Facebook shares. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter. Instagram,

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Greystripe Intros PC-to-Mobile Ad Targeting

April 6, 2012 7:09 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Greystripe is using its relationship with parent company ValueClick to up the ante in the mobile ad network space. Yesterday Greystripe announced ValueClick Audience Mapping, a proprietary technology bridging ValueClick’s online tracking data with the mobile space.    Kurt Hawks,

eBooks, eReaders Growing, But Print Still Dominates

April 6, 2012 7:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The PEW Internet and American Life Project released a report that shows Americans are increasingly reading books on tablets and eReaders. In a February survey, 21 percent of adults said they had read an eBook in the last year, compared

Opera Aims to Balance Privacy, Data Mining in Apps

April 3, 2012 7:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile browser maker Opera Software today announced a solution that aims at protecting privacy, while also allowing advertisers to mine user data. Opera launched App Tribute via its advertising subsidiaries AdMarvel, Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising. According to a

Japan Launches First Smartphone-Only TV Channels

April 2, 2012 7:02 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

TOKYO, April 1 (Kyodo) — A subsidiary of Japan's top cell phone service provider, NTT Docomo, on Sunday began offering the first TV channels aimed exclusively at smartphone and tablet computer users. The NTT Docomo subsidiary, mmbi inc., launched its

ADA Announces Board

April 2, 2012 6:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Application Developers Alliance (ADA) today announced a number of new members to its Apps Alliance Board ahead of an April 24 meeting in San Francisco. The board members bring a broad range of expertise to the alliance, including global

FTC Report Tackles Privacy, Suggests Changes

March 27, 2012 6:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is calling on mobile companies to work toward improved privacy protections, including the development of shorter, more succinct privacy disclosures, according to a report released yesterday by the commission that seeks to understand how

Microsoft, Nokia AppCampus Recruits Developers

March 26, 2012 6:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft and Nokia are feeling the heat to drive developer support for the Windows Phone operating system. The companies today announced they will each invest up to 9 million euros ($11.94 million USD) into a newly established mobile application development

U.S. Army Launches App Marketplace Prototype

March 26, 2012 6:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The United States Army is working to put approved apps in soldiers' hands with a newly launched "Army Software Marketplace" prototype, which delivers 12 mobile training applications for use on personal phones or tablets. The new apps were developed by

Angry Birds Space Takes Flight Today

March 22, 2012 7:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Let the birds fly and the pigs fall and this time from space. Rovio yesterday launched Angry Birds Space, the sequel to its popular app Angry Birds, which since launching on Apple's App Store has made its way onto everything from

FirstNews Briefs for March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 7:35 am | News | Comments

The United States wireless market is past the 100 percent saturation rate, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma. The U.S. mobile penetration rate stood at about 110 percent at the end of last year thanks to growth in

Report: Mobile Websites Need to Prepare for Outages

March 21, 2012 7:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Keynote Systems' March Mobile News and Portal Index saw reliability of the Fox News mobile site drop 10.14 percent from February. The company noticed that on March 19, Fox's mobile site went down (with the exception for some iPhone users

HP: We’re Here to Help Enterprises with Mobile Solutions

March 20, 2012 7:19 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

HP might not be doing anything hardware wise with its Palm webOS acquisition, but that doesn’t mean it’s ignoring the mobile apps space. The company today announced new “application transformation solutions” designed to help enterprises with the integration of mobile

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