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What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots

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Mobile messaging apps — WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, Line, WeChat, Voxer, Kik, etc — are in an interesting spot. They are some of the largest, most-used and best-loved apps in the world. They dominate their various countries and regions. But it’s not necessarily clear how they evolve and become long-lasting businesses. Are...
What's Next for Kik, One of the Original Mobile Messaging Hotshots

Report: Project Oscar, UK's Multi-Carrrier Mobile Payment JV, Could Get Regulator Nod This Summer

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Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica’s O2 are all pushing ahead on their own mobile payment services, but in a bid to outpace companies like Apple and Google that may disintermediate them completely, these carriers are also working together. Now, a carrier JV in the UK, code-named Project Oscar, which...
Report: Project Oscar, UK's Multi-Carrrier Mobile Payment JV, Could Get Regulator Nod This Summer
RIM under pressure to slash carrier fees, which now account for one-third of revenue

BSkyB buys Telefonica UK's fixed-line business for $300M

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British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) will buy Telefonica’s UK fixed-line broadband and telephony business for up to £200 million ($303 million), the companies announced early on Friday. The deal, which is subject to regulatory clearance, should close in April. If that goes ahead, the customers will be moved off the...
BSkyB buys Telefonica UK's fixed-line business for $300M
Less than 2% ‘Like’ mobile carriers despite millions spent on Facebook campaigns

Brazilian court forbids mobile carriers to sell phones when tied to a contract

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Mobile operators in Brazil are now forbidden to sell phones that are tied to a one-year contract, the Brazilian tech blog Conteúdo Nerd reports. This is the result of a court decision announced last Friday, which will see disobeying companies pay a hefty daily fine of R$50,000 (US$25,100). According to...
Brazilian court forbids mobile carriers to sell phones when tied to a contract

Japan's Mobile Carriers to Begin Service on Tokyo Subways This Week

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Train passengers will soon be able to use their mobile phones on the city's subways....
Japan's Mobile Carriers to Begin Service on Tokyo Subways This Week
NFC Task Launcher App Maker Tagstand Partners With T-Mobile on Tap Tag App, Plus Other Carriers And OEMs

Funambol gets $5.75M to fuel mobile carriers' cloud services

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Funambol just got a $5.75 million vote of confidence that it can help mobile carriers that want to challenge the likes of Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. The later-stage funding round was led by previous investors HIG Growth Capital, Nexit Ventures and Castile Ventures. Funambol won’t just get the...
Funambol gets $5.75M to fuel mobile carriers' cloud services

Telefónica launches Tu Me app: brings free VoIP calling and messaging to the iPhone

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We don't understand exactly what European big-hitter Telefónica is set to gain from its new app. Free VoIP calls and messaging doesn't sound like a massive money-spinner for a company that steers several of Europe's biggest mobile carriers, but that's what its new app is offering. Tu Me can...
Telefónica launches Tu Me app: brings free VoIP calling and messaging to the iPhone

iPhone 3GS Finally Arrives to Russia: 9 Months Later and $100 Less Expensive

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Today here in Russia we have finally learned the date when we should expect iPhone 3GS to become officially available in the country as one of the leading local mobile carries and one of the largest electronics retailer have announced that they are initializing the sales this week, on the...
iPhone 3GS Finally Arrives to Russia: 9 Months Later and $100 Less Expensive

Meet Line, The Messaging App That Reaches About One-Third of Japan's Mobile Phone Users

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It would be easy to assume that giants like Apple, Facebook and the carriers will control smartphone messaging. But the reality is that the global messaging market remains fragmented with several independent players like Sequoia-backed WhatsApp and Korea’s Kakao TALK. Japan, in fact, has a dominant smartphone messaging app...
Meet Line, The Messaging App That Reaches About One-Third of Japan's Mobile Phone Users

HasOffers scores $9.4M first round led by Accel Partners

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HasOffers, a company offering tools to help companies track the performance of their online ads, has raised a Series A led by Accel Partners, with additional funds from RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser and Founder’s Co-op’s Chris DeVore. HasOffers is based in Seattle and has 79 employees. It has been...
HasOffers scores $9.4M first round led by Accel Partners

US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

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The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S.--AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile--have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911. The four carriers have committed to major deployments of text-to-911 in 2013, with nationwide availability by May 15, 2014, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski...
US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

Does the iPad Replace the Need for a Smartphone?

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We’ve covered the Apple iPad several times on CenterNetworks. The device appears to be launching next month and I believe it will be a game changer. Andreas discussed how he sees the device being used in the home and I agree with him that a whole new set of consumers...
Does the iPad Replace the Need for a Smartphone?

Japan’s DeNA cuts mobile gaming deals with Chinese carriers that have a billion users

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Japanese mobile social gaming network firm DeNA has announced it has signed deals with China’s three largest mobile carriers, enabling DeNA’s games to get in front of nearly 1 billion mobile subscribers. DeNA’s Mobage China network, which allows gamers to buy social games and play them with their friends, will...
Japan’s DeNA cuts mobile gaming deals with Chinese carriers that have a billion users

Mobile payment platform tPago expands across Latin America to cater for the unbanked

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Mobile transaction platform tPago is expanding across Latin America to cater for the unbanked, its parent company GCS International has announced. As you may know, it has been operating in the Dominican Republic since 2010, and will now be available to users in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Puerto Rico. Mobile payments are...
Mobile payment platform tPago expands across Latin America to cater for the unbanked
State of the Internet: The broadband future is faster, but still unevenly distributed

Small-cell chip, network rollouts point to a diverse future

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In Star Wars terms, the small cells that mobile carriers and vendors will be talking up this week at Mobile World Congress are more like the odd-couple androids R2-D2 and C-3PO than like their foes, the Empire's phalanxes of identical storm troopers....
Small-cell chip, network rollouts point to a diverse future
U.K. To Get First 4G Network On October 30; EE's LTE Will Kick Off In 10 Cities, 16 By Year's End

FCC moves to expand mobile spectrum

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission took the first step Friday toward groundbreaking auctions of television spectrum to mobile carriers faced with skyrocketing bandwidth demands from their customers. The FCC approved a notice of proposed rulemaking (PDF) (NPRM) that lays out proposed rules and asks for public comment on so-called...
FCC moves to expand mobile spectrum

Isis partners with American Express to bring m-commerce to millions in the US

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American Express and Isis, the m-commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, have announced an agreement that will see American Express’ US Consumer, Open (small business) and Serve Cards made available through the Isis Mobile Wallet. New York-based Isis is striving to transform how people shop...
Isis partners with American Express to bring m-commerce to millions in the US

Someone Just Used WiFi To Put Hardcore Porn On Best Buy's In-Store TVs

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Gloria Berg was browsing TVs at the local Best Buy with son and grandchildren when suddenly some hardcore pornography was flashed on one of the TV screens. Here's how she described it to the local CBS news outlet: "It was extremely, extremely pornographic image," customer Gloria Berg says.  "I...
Someone Just Used WiFi To Put Hardcore Porn On Best Buy's In-Store TVs

After sorting out mobile carriers' APIs, Apigee targets healthcare and the airlines

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I don’t travel by air that often, but I fly enough that I’ve managed to build up quite the collection of airline apps on my phone. Every time I find myself trying to remember my Delta or United password to download my boarding pass, I can’t help wondering why someone...
After sorting out mobile carriers' APIs, Apigee targets healthcare and the airlines
How to set up public Wi-Fi at your business

Technology Failed Many in Today’s Explosions in Moscow Subway

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As many of you already know, earlier today a terrible tragedy happened in Moscow - two explosions in the subway executed by two female suicide bombers and took lives of 38 people (with many still in intensive care of various hospitals so the number will probably increase still in the...
Technology Failed Many in Today’s Explosions in Moscow Subway

Facebook Home: Who Wins & Who Loses

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Facebook did not just launch a "Facebook Phone" last week, as was expected. Instead, along with the HTC First, it offered up Home, a "family of apps" that is neither a phone nor a smartphone operating system - but which may ultimately have a far greater impact on the mobile industry...
Facebook Home: Who Wins & Who Loses

Inrix Now Collects Traffic Data From 100M Drivers, Shows Black Friday Congestion Up 32.5% Despite Ecommerce

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Black Friday online shopping sales were up 26% this year, the number of people driving to brick and mortar stores increased even faster says Inrix. Congestion was up 32.5% this year according to the traffic data Inrix now pulls from over 100 million drivers. This and another report about Thanksgiving traffic...
Inrix Now Collects Traffic Data From 100M Drivers, Shows Black Friday Congestion Up 32.5% Despite Ecommerce

AT&T bashes T-Mobile with full-page newspaper ad

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AT&T thinks poorly of T-Mobile and they’re running full-page newspaper ads to prove it. In the latest chapter of the bash-fest between the two mobile carriers, AT&T began running attack advertisements yesterday in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. In the ad, AT&T claims that T-Mobile’s network has twice as...
AT&T bashes T-Mobile with full-page newspaper ad

ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured

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Smartphones with custom versions of Android offered by large mobile operators in the U.S. are not getting security updates as regularly as phones from Google, or smartphones from other vendors like Microsoft, according to a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Federal Trade Commission....
ACLU complains to FTC that mobile carriers leave Android phones unsecured
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