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  • Handango Receives $9.5 Million in Seed Money

    Handango, a provider of smartphone content, raised an additional $9.5 million in its Series C round of financing. The money will be used to support the company’s new distribution deals, improve the scalability of its infrastructure and expand globally. Handango also plans to enhance the consumer experience to make smartphone content easier to brows, find and purchase online, and… Read More

  • Yahoo’s New Bookmarking Tool OnePlace

    Yahoo revealed its new bookmarking tool today. OnePlace is an application that lets users keep track of their favorite Web topics on their cell phones. OnePlace, which is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of this year, allows users to mark links, news feeds or search results that lead them to fresh information on favorite topics when clicked. While bookmarks are not new, Yahoo says… Read More

  • Google Gears is mobile

    Google Gears, the programming framework designed to allow users to run apps in Firefox and IE while offline. The new framework only works with Pocket IE on Windows Mobile 5 and 6. At launch, several partners, including Zoho and Buxfer, will introduce mobile apps that can run on Pocket IE even when not connected to the network. Zoho Writer (which first went offline with Google Gears in August)… Read More

  • Qualcomm Loses another Legal Fight with Nokia

    Mobile technology company Qualcomm lost another legal fight with Nokia. A British court ruled today that Qualcomm’s claim of patent infringement against handset maker Nokia were invalid. The U.K. High Court said Nokia had not infringed on patents regarding GSM mobile phone standards. Qualcomm has been trying to bring an injunction against Nokia that would keep it from selling products… Read More

  • China Mobile Still Interested in iPhone

    China Mobile, the largest mobile phone operator, said today that it is still interested to hosting the iPhone. The companies aren’t in official negotiations China Mobile said, but it would like to bring Apple’s iPhone to the mainland. Talks between China Mobile and Apple broke down last January. It was rumored that China Mobile was unhappy with revenue sharing numbers. “We… Read More

  • Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Keynote Speaker at CTIA

    The international CTIA WIRELESS 2008 trade show announced that Virgin founder and chairman Sir Richard Branson will deliver a keynote address on the show’s opening day, April 1 at 9:oo a.m. Keynote speeches will take place in the Barron Room at the Los Vegas Hilton. CTIA WIRELESS will take place April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson… Read More

  • T-Mobile USA Posts Strong Fourth-Quarter Numbers

    T-Mobile USA reported good numbers for the fourth-quarter of 2007. The company added 951,000 new customers and generated $4.4 billion in revenue. These numbers are up from 2006’s fourth-quarter, when T-Mobil USA added 901,000 customers and had $3.81 billion in revenue. By the end of 2007, T-Mobile was the fourth largest cell phone service provider in the United States with 28.7… Read More

  • Nortel Networks Sees Tuff Times

    Nortel Networks, a telecommunications equipment maker, lost $957 million last year and announced another reorganization. To stop the bleeding, the company will cut 2,100 jobs and move another 1,000 jobs from North America to low-wage countries. News of the staff reduction sent shares down 13% to $9.93 a share in New York trading. Several analysts are questioning Nortel’s reliance on a… Read More

  • Speakers Selected for CTIA Wireless Educational Sessions

    The speakers for this year’s International CTIA Wireless 2008 Educational Sessions, which takes place in Las Vegas April 1-3, have been chosen. Approximately 175 speakers will lead discussions on this year’s topics. These sessions will address the most important issues facing wireless carriers, mobile device and infrastructure manufactures, content developers, media companies… Read More

  • Google Made Opera Mobile’s Default Search Engine

    Opera announced today that Google will become the default search engine in Opera’s mobile Web browsers on March 1 of this year. Anyone using Opera Mobile or Opera Mini can access Google directly from the browser start page. Opera Mini targets mobile phones that posses limited browsing capabilities. Opera customers tend to use the mobile Web more frequently and actively than consumers… Read More

  • Over a Billion Mobile Phones Sold in 2007

    In 2007, over one billion mobile phones were sold worldwide for the first time. With growth expected to grow in Asia and other developing markets, 2008 may surpass last year’s numbers. Industry watchers are asking if Nokia can expand in North America and if Motorola can stop its loss of market share. According to figures from Gartner, sales of mobile phones surpassed 1.15 billion units… Read More

  • Texas Instruments to Expand OMAP Chip Line Beyond Phones

    Texas Instruments announced today that it will add new chip applications beyond the mobile phone market. The new chips will be used in everything from music players to medical equipment. The company, which faces stiff completion from Qualcomm in the wireless arena, will expand its OMAP product line. OMAP is currently used to support gaming and video in cell phones. “We’re… Read More

  • Number Two U.S. Music Retailer is iTunes

    Apple’s iTunes digital media store has beat out Best Buy and Target to become the second largest music retailer in the United States. Wal-Mart is still number one according to data released today from the tracking firm NPD Group. Sales made in 2007 show that legal music downloads account for 10% of all music sales in United States. But an increase of download sales hasn’t been… Read More

  • Daem Interactive’s Skuair Image Reader

    Daem Interactive has developed Skuair, new technology that it is calling the next generation of 2d code readers. Skuair isn’t limited to reading barcode lines and numbers but can read product logos or images. Skuair works with any mobile phone camera and is easy to operate. The user simply takes a picture of an advertisement or product logo and a low resolution image is sent to the… Read More

  • Qwest Promises to Offer Better Services

    Qwest Communications International announced today that it plans to deepen partnerships to offer better video, Internet and wireless services. The company plans on spending around $1.8 billion for capital improvements. Qwest forecast that revenue for 2008 will be flat or down slightly as improvements are made. Recent quarterly profits have been up, thanks to a tax benefit and an increase… Read More

  • TalkShoe Now Available on iPhone

    The community chat service that brings together phone callers and online chatters is now available on the iPhone. TalkShoe is designed for talk shows, podcasts or corporate events. Users are able to join events via a phone or computer, where they can listen or talk depending on how the host sets up the event. Participants can also join in using Skype or Voice over IP (VoIP) services as well. Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Congratulations’ go out to Konami for winning both the Grand Prix and Operator’s Choice Awards at this year’s International Mobile Gaming Awards. Out of nearly 400 entries, Metal Gear Solid Mobile was golden. (That’s the type of solid metal anyone can appreciate.) The mobile game… Read More

  • T-Mobile Experiments with Landline Service

    The mobile phone company T-Mobile will experiment with providing landline services to customers. Starting today, it will offer wired service for $10 a month to its wireless subscribers in the Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. Unlimited local and long distance calls can be made with the service which is called, Talk Forever Home Phone. The service will be carried on customer’s… Read More

  • BlackBerry Subscriptions Underestimated in Fourth-Quarter

    Research in Motion, the BlackBerry manufacturer, announced today that it underestimated last year’s fourth-quarter subscription additions by 15 to 20 percent. Last December the company said net subscriber account additions would total 1.82 million, but a more accurate count shows 2.09 million to 2.18 million new subscriptions. Research in Motion credits the increase to the popularity… Read More

  • Vivendi’s Zaoza Launched Today

    Vivendi launched its new Internet music, ringtone and videogame provider Zaoza today. The service costs 3 euros a month and is expected to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year. Vivendi owns the world’s largest record company, Universal Music. The company also controls France’s number two phone operator SFR and Macoc Telecom, and the pay-TV group Canal Plus. “This… Read More