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MWC 2013: Announcements from Mozilla, Sony, HP and LG

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Mozilla Firefox announced several key carrier and manufacturing partnerships that may give it a fighting chance at gaining a foothold in the smartphone market. Mozilla makes for an interesting new player in this space, particularly in emerging markets overseas It announced Sunday at the Mobile World Congress that it will...
MWC 2013: Announcements from Mozilla, Sony, HP and LG

A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

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Japan, long called the “Galapagos Islands” of the mobile industry for its cornucopia of sophisticated and unusual feature phones, is finally transitioning to Android and iOS in a serious way. Given the country’s historically high levels of spending on mobile apps and games, it’s becoming a market that Android and...
A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy
Sharp Aquos Phone SL hands-on (video)

In A Bid To Enter The Japanese Market, Kids' Tablet Maker Fuhu Raises $5M From Telecom KDDI

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Japan’s second largest cellular provider KDDI just announced that it has made the first US investment with its Open Innovation Fund, putting $5 million into Fuhu. The Los Angeles-headquartered startup offers a number of products and services (when Fuhu raised its Series B from Acer, we described it as an...
In A Bid To Enter The Japanese Market, Kids' Tablet Maker Fuhu Raises $5M From Telecom KDDI

HTC's new Droid DNA slated for December launch on Verizon

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It looks like the HTC (2498) Droid DNA will be launching on Verizon Wireless (VZ) sooner rather than later. A newly discovered listing on a Verizon support page clearly lists a device called the “HTC Droid DNA ADR6435″ that is listed as not having a removable battery. Additionally, the always-reliable Evleaks has posted an image of the...
HTC's new Droid DNA slated for December launch on Verizon

Mozilla makes strides with mobile-oriented Firefox OS

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Last week we suggested a few things to keep an eye out for at Mobile World Congress, and last night we had our first sighting. Mozilla announced a greatly expanded line-up for its Firefox OS. Firefox OS, or FOS, is interesting because it is entirely ‘web-based,’ meaning the average...
Mozilla makes strides with mobile-oriented Firefox OS
Sharp Aquos Phone Serie hands-on (video)
Twilio & Parse Launch Cloud Module To Bring Scalable Back-End Support, Telephony Services To Mobile Developers
Without iPhone, Japan's biggest mobile carrier is losing subscribers at a record rate
So, how good is SoftBank as a giant-killer?

Hundreds of iPhone 5 Units Stolen on Eve of Launch

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With Apple retail stores, carriers, and other retailers taking delivery of their launch-day iPhone 5 stocks overnight last night, hundreds of the units have been stolen in several incidents on opposite sides of the globe. While security is tight at Apple's own retail stores where staff were on hand all...
Hundreds of iPhone 5 Units Stolen on Eve of Launch

iPhone 4S demand sees Apple top Japan’s mobile industry for the first time, but for how long?

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The launch of the iPhone 4S in Japan helped Apple has rise to the top of the country’s smartphone market for the first time, as it took the top spot during the final quarter of 2011, according to data from IDC. Figures from the research firm show that, between October...
iPhone 4S demand sees Apple top Japan’s mobile industry for the first time, but for how long?
Hailo confirms its $30M round from Union Square Ventures, Richard Branson

Au Smart Pass, the one-year-old Android app buffet from Japan's KDDI, hits 5m customers

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A year after launch, Japan’s second largest operator KDDI says that its au Smart Pass service – an all-you-can-eat buffet selection of Android apps — has passed a cumulative 5 million customers. The service is designed to make finding and using mobile apps easier. KDDI selected 500 top apps which customers...
Au Smart Pass, the one-year-old Android app buffet from Japan's KDDI, hits 5m customers

Samsung signs deal to setup Telefónica's LTE network across Chile

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Samsung has been given the go-ahead to provide and deploy all of Telefónica’s new LTE radio access network across Chile, which will enable Movistar customers to access 4G Internet speeds on their smartphone. The deal is Samsung’s first 4G project with a European operator, and means that it will be...
Samsung signs deal to setup Telefónica's LTE network across Chile

SoftBank profit cut in half through iPhone war with KDDI

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SoftBank on Thursday said its fall quarter profit was cut in half from a year ago owed to demand for, and competition over, the iPhone 4S. It made the equivalent of $430.8 million in profit versus $858.8 million in late 2010. The company had spent nearly $393.4 million in promos...
SoftBank profit cut in half through iPhone war with KDDI
Why the iPhone may finally stop T-Mobile's subscriber bleeding

KDDI announces HTC One S for Japan, renamed HTC J ISW13HT

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Japanese carriers KDDI and Okinawa Cellular have announced that a custom version of the HTC One S will be created for the Japanese market and sold as the HTC J ISW13HT beginning next month. The phone will make use of Android 4.0 (and Sense 4.0) on launch, and will kick...
KDDI announces HTC One S for Japan, renamed HTC J ISW13HT

Coalition of Tech Companies Aims to License LTE-Related Patents

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A group of large technology companies is banding together in an effort to license some of the underlying technology needed for products compatible with high-speed LTE wireless networks. Ross Among the companies banding together are AT&T, Clearwire, Hewlett-Packard, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE. The effort...
Coalition of Tech Companies Aims to License LTE-Related Patents

Visa, MasterCard and Amex back Gemalto NFC payment SIM, coming soon to Canada, France, Japan

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The world of payments has another would-be suitor knocking at its door after Gemalto revealed that its UpTeq NFC payment system for mobile SIM cards has gained the certification of three industry giants: American Express, MasterCard and Visa. The company, which specialises in chipset and device-level technology, says that UpTeq...
Visa, MasterCard and Amex back Gemalto NFC payment SIM, coming soon to Canada, France, Japan

Rumor: Leaked KDDI document points to 'iPhone 5S' pre-orders on June 20, launch in July

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A document reportedly meant for employees of Japanese telecom KDDI's "au" wireless service has been leaked, showing the carrier will begin taking preorders for Apple's iPhone 5S on June 20 ahead of a launch in July.    ...
Rumor: Leaked KDDI document points to 'iPhone 5S' pre-orders on June 20, launch in July

Facebook is probably paying an arm and a leg for its new carrier-enabled, mobile web payments system

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Now that Facebook finally unveiled carrier-powered payments for the mobile web yesterday, it’s time to look at what the potential costs might be. Last month, U.K.-based mobile billing and analytics provider Bango announced to shareholders that it had a new partnership with Facebook, but that it couldn’t disclose the terms....
Facebook is probably paying an arm and a leg for its new carrier-enabled, mobile web payments system

19 Startups Showing Their Wares At TechCrunch Japan’s TokyoCamp Demo Event

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A total of 19 Japanese startups were given the chance to show their services at TokyoCamp, a demo event held by TechCrunch Japan (one of the country’s biggest blogs) this Friday. The event, which was co-organized by hosting company KDDI Web Communications, was a blast and attracted over 200...
19 Startups Showing Their Wares At TechCrunch Japan’s TokyoCamp Demo Event

Twilio locks down a $70M Series D as it flirts with the public markets

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Twilio, the cloud-based telephony communication company, has raised a $70 million Series D round led by Redpoint Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The move is part of the company’s path towards what some may believe to be an IPO (although Twilio hasn’t commented). Known for providing companies and developers...
Twilio locks down a $70M Series D as it flirts with the public markets
Big partnerships may just give Firefox OS a fighting chance

Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors

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Its no Droid RAZR Maxx HD, but Kyocera's Dingo S just might be the trick longevity lovers in the land of the rising sun are looking for. This 4.7-inch Android 4.0 handset's 2,520mAh battery claims to have the largest capacity of any sub 5-inch device in Japan, promising more...
Kyocera announces Dingo S smartphone for Japan, promises over 18 hours of talk time in three colors
Facebook’s New Initiative Promises to Make Cross-Platform Mobile Payments Real

Apple pushes for Samsung ban in US

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iPhone maker adds phones to a case running parallel to patent infringement caseSamsung's flagship Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note smartphones, and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, could be banned in the US after Apple asked a federal court there to ban them as part of an ongoing lawsuit it is...
Apple pushes for Samsung ban in US

SoftBank buys eAccess to create global LTE band, eyes up Sprint and MetroPCS

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Early last week, SoftBank, owner of Japan’s third largest mobile network operator, announced that it is in the process of acquiring eAccess. eAccess owns Japan’s fourth largest mobile network operator, E-Mobile. Through acquiring E-Mobile, SoftBank Mobile will become the second largest mobile network operator, surpassing au by KDDI (its closest...
SoftBank buys eAccess to create global LTE band, eyes up Sprint and MetroPCS

Carrier App Stores Suck, So Japan's KDDI Did Something Different And Is Pulling In $250M A Year For Apps

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When Apple launched its app store about five years ago, the company had no idea it would become the success it is today. It disintermediated carriers from what would become a lucrative revenue stream, one that’s brought Apple more than $11 billion in gross revenue (based on the $8 billion...
Carrier App Stores Suck, So Japan's KDDI Did Something Different And Is Pulling In $250M A Year For Apps
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