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AT&T has taken a minority stake in Vlingo in a move that could have major repercussions for Nuance’s patent infringement suit against the voice navigation startup. As part of the deal, Vlingo will integrate its offerings with AT&T’s Watson, a core speech recognition technology that serves […] Read more »

The U.S. government should deregulate the mobile telecommunications industry and open mobile networks to more applications and foreign players, according to a new study from The Brookings Institution. Such policy changes would fuel growth and drive business for players along the wireless value chain, despite the […] Read more »

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Perfecto Mobile, which aims to help companies deploy applications across a wide variety of handsets and networks, has pocketed $7 million in a second round of funding from existing investors Carmel Ventures and Vertex Venture Capital. An Israel-based startup, Perfecto (which recently changed its name from […] Read more »

Shares of Sprint got a boost this morning after the Sunday Telegraph reported T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG may acquire the carrier and merge it with its own T-Mobile USA. But a tie-up with Comcast would be a better fit for the beleaguered carrier. Read more »

Skype has tapped Unified Communications (UC) provider ShoreTel Inc. as the first partner for its enterprise-focused Skype-for-SIP offering. The companies announced a deal today to allow ShoreTel’s 11,000 customers to register for the beta version of Skype for SIP, a PBX-centric product targeted at small- and […] Read more »

In the serious world of high-tech executives, Jon von Tetzchner stands out as a refreshingly irreverent leader. The Icelandic-born CEO of Opera Software — who in 2005 comically attempted to swim from Norway to the U.S. as a public-relations stunt — preaches the company’s vision of […] Read more »

Orange will merge with T-Mobile UK in a deal that will see the combined company become the largest player in the UK, with 28.4 million customers and a 37 percent market share. And it likely foreshadows more consolidation as the ultra-competitive wireless market moves from 2G […] Read more »

Bob Borchers thinks the mobile industry is ripe for opportunity and that it’s going through a transformation in terms of technologies. You may know Borchers as Apple’s sedate host for its online tours of the iPhone, but his career goes far beyond video demos of high-tech […] Read more »

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The days are getting shorter, the mercury is falling and the kids are headed back to school. And network operators are pouring boatloads of money into marketing campaigns to turn those youngsters into high-end, ARPU-boosting customers. Read more »

Sony Ericsson is hoping that a brand makeover can somehow heal its critically wounded handset business. The joint venture between Ericsson and Sony said today that it will adopt Sony’s “make.believe” tagline in its marketing campaigns to “reinforce its entertainment credentials” with consumers. The company promises […] Read more »

Nokia executives are using the company’s current annual European show to plug its new Booklet 3G netbook as well as three new handsets, but the company has so far offered few details for U.S. consumers looking to get their hands on the stuff. Executives at Nokia […] Read more »

Verizon Wireless is once again overhauling its mobile data plans. And if you’re planning to purchase a new mid-range feature phone from the nation’s largest carrier, it’s going to cost you. The Boy Genius Report has turned up an internal slide deck outlining new data plans […] Read more »

As we enter the era of the app store, Apple is clearly the dominant player on the field. The company’s iTunes-based mobile application business generates an estimated $2.4 billion hundreds of millions of dollars a year. (According to AdMob, $200 million a month, though some have […] Read more »

Ask Phil Asmundson what his duties are at Deloitte & Touche and be ready for an earful. As the vice chairman and national managing partner of Technology, Media & Entertainment and Telecommunications (TMT), Asmundson helps set the overall TMT strategy for the firm, advises clients directly, […] Read more »

Speculation surrounding Nokia’s Linux-based OS flared up again this morning with a Reuters report that the Finnish manufacturer will showcase a Maemo phone at Nokia World in Germany this week. So what would that mean for Symbian? It’s getting tough to dismiss Nokia’s attention to Maemo. […] Read more »

Much of the increased uptake on the wireless web is being credited to Apple’s iPhone, but Opera continues to make impressive gains with its Mini browser. In particular, users are increasingly tuning in to YouTube via Opera Mini. The Norwegian developer said today that 29.1 million […] Read more »

[qi:115] Mobile Internet ad spending is expected to increase fourfold over the next five years, according to new projections from Juniper Research, with emerging markets fueling much of the growth. Despite all the hype, though, mobile ads will remain a small sliver of overall advertising dollars […] Read more »

Nokia’s struggles over the last couple of years are well-documented: The Finnish handset manufacturer has watched its Symbian platform consistently lose market share in recent years, falling from a staggering 73 percent in 2006 to 51 percent in the second quarter of this year. And as […] Read more »

Few people understand the video game space the way Robin Boyar does. She boasts 15 years of research experience including online, console and mobile gaming and is the head of thinktank, a Berkeley, Calif.-based research consultancy specializing in gaming, entertainment, new media and young consumers. Before […] Read more »

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