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Day one at CTIA, was slower than usual, as it was the enterprise day. Tomorrow will be the mobile entertainment day, and the keynotes reflec…

Day one at CTIA, was slower than usual, as it was the enterprise day. Tomorrow will be the mobile entertainment day, and the keynotes reflect that: Peter Chernin, President & COO of News Corp is speaking and I have heard that he’ll announce some new things (besides talking about the Jamba deal).
— The talk of the day was the News Corp-Jamba deal. And the biggest question everyone had: why just 51 %, why not full 100 %. Our exec editor Staci Kramer posed that question to Stratton Sclavos, CEO of VeriSign and Lucy Hood, president of Fox Mobile Entertainment, but didn’t get a clear answer.
— The RealNetworks-WiderThan deal overshadowed the second half of the day. Some said RNWK overpaid, most didn’t understand this was purely a backend deal…Real is not getting into ringbacks, and Rhapsody music service will gain from the deal, but only peripherally.
— The mini conferences within CTIA…my question: why bother? The day one Mecca was enough. How many times can you say mobile advertising etc?
— I heard about this mobile gaming firm, which rebranded earlier this year after a merger, about the be bought, but couldn’t nail down other details.
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By Rafat Ali

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