– Zed launches mobile content platform for carriers: Mobile content company Zed, which has offices in Denver and Spain, is announcing at CTIA today that it is offering carriers a platform to manage and sell content to the end user. Called Master Content Provider, the service will compete directly with companies, such as Motricity, Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM), Qpass and Amdocs (NYSE: DOX). Brian Casazza Zed’s CEO of U.S. operations, said those companies come at it from a different view — billing platforms, chip makers, etc. Zed is approaching it as a content company. He said the timing is right to pitch carriers: “While they are still trying to figure out their app store strategy, and they are seeing a flattening of their traditional content revenues, the time is right to try to maximize and wring out every dollar.” Release.
– Sony (NYSE: SNE) Pictures announces mobile game line-up: The company today is releasing the list of mobile games it will roll out between now and September 2010. The games include updates of Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, The Three Stooges, The Karate Kid, Salt and The Joker’s Wild. Most of the games will be available on Android, BlackBerry, Brew, Java, iPhone, Palm (NSDQ: PALM) and Windows Mobile. Kara Chalom-Bilkiss, Sony Pictures’ VP of mobile entertainment, said the group’s philosophy is to license about a third of the content to create mobile games, which is why not all the games are Sony properties, like Three Stooges which is not tied to the movie. “We do not solely exist to support the theatrical and TV properties. It’s phenomenal when it does, but we do see ourselves as a mobile games publisher. We are fifth in terms of downloads.” Sony will make between eight and 10 mobile games this year.
– TravellingWave releases voice-recognition application: Seattle-based TravellingWave is releasing an application for Windows Mobile phones that uses its voice prediction software to easily send an SMS, or update your status on Twitter or Facebook. The application is in beta and is available for download at www.voicepredict.com. To make the voice recognition more accurate it utilizes some text. For instance, when sending an SMS, a user would first speak the word