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Mobile ESPN will officially shut its doors later this year the company said in a release, and Rafat & Staci mentioned last night. The company says December 31 is the end of the road for existing customers and sales of ESPN handsets and services are discontinued […] Read more »

So the public can officially start buying “dot mobi” domain names for wireless Internet sites today. . . Not excited? You mean you haven’t been anxiously waiting for this day for weeks? We haven’t either. There’s a lot of skepticism and division over the dot mobi […] Read more »

New York — At the Nokia Open Studio conference in New York this morning, Om got the first news of Nokia’s much talked about N95 phone, which the company says will revolutionize mobile computing. The company has been building its portfolio of N-series “multi-media computers” and […] Read more »

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As various wireless broadband options become available, a few cellular carriers have been trying to figure out the best way to offer a combined WiFi-cellular phone service to their customers. Recently more and more carriers are turning to UMA — unlicenced mobile access — to solve […] Read more »

Recently we’ve been noticing more friends using video messaging via cell phones — a three-second video message sent to party-goers trying to find a beach bonfire, or a midmorning clip snapped in a cubicle to say “I’m bored.” Of course mobile video messages aren’t half as […] Read more »

While Mountain View residents have been living under Google’s city-wide wireless for more than a month now, San Francisco is the next (if it happens) city that will go wireless via Google. In partnership with Earthlink, the duo plan to unwire SF with a free slow […] Read more »

China, which is likely to become the largest broadband nation sometime in 2007, is attracting the attention of overseas Internet giants recently. Last week it was Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace plans, and their talks with China Mobile. This week it is The New York Times, and its […] Read more »

STARTUP: mFoundry, based in Sausalito ELEVATOR PITCH: mFoundry helps businesses mobilize, and targets a variety of verticals, including mobile advertising, mobile banking, and mobile services for the enterprise. WHAT THEY DO: mFoundry provides companies with software that they use to create, deploy and manage mobile applications. […] Read more »

If the popularity of cell phone text messaging is an indicator, then mobile IM and email will one day be just as popular. In just the U.S. 70 million people, or 36.9% of the cell phone users, sent at least one text message in June, while […] Read more »

I try not to get too giddy about startup reviews, but I’m addicted to a camera phone photo sharing service called Radar, by a San Francisco-based company called Tiny Pictures. I’m more addicted than when I first joined MySpace a few years ago, and kept checking […] Read more »

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A big debate over the idea of video on cell phones, is whether or not the consumer will want to watch TV-style broadcast channels. We can envision checking in on the Yankees (or at least Om would) or some other live sports match, but not so […] Read more »

It’s not too big of a surprise that various wireless providers would focus on building out high speed wireless broadband options throughout Northern California. Whether its 3G, muni WiFi or even one day WiMAX, early adopter dominated regions like Silicon Valley and the Bay Area (that […] Read more »

While online music sites like Napster are still trying to figure out how to make money, San Francisco-based digital music startup IODA has been creating a pretty good businesses by finding a focus: Indie bands. IODA (stands for Independent Online Distribution Alliance) helps small independent music […] Read more »

MySpace has plans to expand to China, hopefully in partnership with a local wireless operator. China is one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world, and could have has plans to work with a local wireless operator. According to a source in China, MySpace […] Read more »

Updated, 09/19/06: After more than a month of bidding on the AWS wireless spectrum, the hotly contested auction was becoming a bit of a snooze. Even we were getting tired of following the slow-moving process in its closing days. But today the FCC said the auction […] Read more »

Advertising might be the salvation of content creators on the web, but will it translate to the small screen? That was the big question on everyone’s mind at CTIA last week. The optimists (read start ups) hoped that ads could catalyze the mobile content market, by […] Read more »

CTIA, Los Angeles: Well CTIA, you really couldn’t resist that last day Paris Hilton cameo – she was on stage for about 3 seconds to support her latest music video on cell phones before a mobile social networking panel, and now wireless geeks at the show […] Read more »

It’s the last day of the CTIA mobile convention and while the gadget announcements haven’t been exactly flowing out of the show, there’s been a few notable newly launched phones around the floor and more than enough gadget-related press releases shoved into reporters hands. What do […] Read more »

CTIA, Los Angeles: News Corp’s COO Peter Chernin is certainly getting a lot of attention this week after emphasizing MySpace’s weight in the web 2.0 world. This morning, however, he was concentrating on Mobile as part of his keynote at the CTIA wireless convention in Los […] Read more »

CTIA, Los Angeles: It was easy to doubt RealNetwork’s potential success in the wireless market when its CEO Rob Glaser made a sort of mobile coming-out speech at the CTIA convention in 2005. (This is a guy I once saw doze off during an onstage panel […] Read more »

Nokia is starting to push the wireless technology unlicensed mobile access, or UMA, in the U.S., and will offer a cell phone for T-Mobile’s planned UMA launch in September. Earlier this month Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told the WSJ that Nokia had developed a UMA phone […] Read more »

Like many other large technology companies with a sizeable installed base and big developer communities, Skype Technologies, a division of eBay, habitually takes the innovations emanating out of its developer community and reinterprets them under its own label. Today thousands of developers are looking to create […] Read more »

Reports are starting to pick up on the fact that Qualcomm, the San Diego-based wireless company that has thus far dominated the key cellular standards, is staring an uncertain future in the eye. It seemed like the company would make an easy sweep of the wireless […] Read more »

Friendster might have taken some hits over the years, but the social network recently raised a new round of funding and has become surprisingly popular in the Philippines. Given that Filipino mobile users are some of the most avid text messagers in the world, it’s a […] Read more »

DivX, the video company well known for its coding and compression technology, quietly launched a YouTube-style online video sharing community, Stage6, a few weeks ago. While there seems to be no end to the video-sharing sites out there, DivX’s site already has a pretty impressive set […] Read more »

We wrote a bit about using text messages to find information over cell phones this week. 4INFO, a company we mentioned in passing, announced a deal with TV Guide to provide local TV listings via SMS and WAP today. The company’s CEO Zaw Thet said in […] Read more »

As the average cell phone user in the U.S. becomes more comfortable with text messaging, startups are busy creating services to unlock information with SMS. Only 36% of U.S. cell phone subscribers send text messages according to M:Metrics, though that usage grew almost 6% over the […] Read more »

Soon after the AWS spectrum auction exited stage one, more than $12 billion had been bid, and two high profile groups — the satellite consortion, Wireless DBS, and the cable group Dolan Family Holdings — had already left the building. In the second stage of the […] Read more »

Startups like Vancouver-based EQO, which have been working on getting more support from Skype as a mobile partner, got some bad news recently — competitor iSkoot scooped up a coveted deal to help Skype mobilize. While three-old EQO didn’t seem too pleased with Skype’s moves in […] Read more »

Qualcomm, says its buying a wireless startup called Qualphone for $18 million. Um, talk about a company that seems built to flip to the Qualcomm buyout machine. Not just the obvious name, but the two companies are both based in San Diego, California. We didn’t get […] Read more »

AirG, a Vancouver-based mobile social network provider, says it has hit the milestone of 10 million unique users, growing from 7 million users just a few months ago. Unlike social networks like MySpace and Facebook that have mobile services, AirG has no PC-based network, and works […] Read more »

At the Linux World conference in downtown San Francisco this week, the world’s leading cell phone manufacturers, Nokia and Motorola, took a decidedly different approach to embracing the Penguin. Motorola took the stage – Nokia chose a back seat. Motorola played up an aggressive strategy proclaiming […] Read more »

The AWS spectrum auction bids are still climbing. The auction, so far has brought in over $10 billion in total bids. At Round 22, and day seven, the bidding has reached a total of $10.75 billion, with the traditional wireless carriers dominating the board — T-Mobile, […] Read more »

Tropos, the WiFi mesh hardware company behind GoogleFi, and Earthlink’s city-deployments, might have been smart in cornering the market on MuniFi networks, but it also realized that it needed to upgrade in order to meet the demands of heavily-used networks. It has faced competition from other […] Read more »

Pando, the startup that has created a drag-n-drop file-sharing application, says it’s hit the one millionth install mark, in just the three months since it launched into public beta. Pando has released a plug-in for Outlook and Yahoo Messenger, and founder Yaron Samid says several other […] Read more »

GigaTeam stopped by Cyworld’s launch fiesta at San Francisco’s Fluid Ultra Lounge last night and mingled with the Cyworld crew, relaxing after their debut. A lot of high-level execs from Korea were wandering the floor, from both SK Telecom and Cyworld division, along with Cyworld U.S. […] Read more »

Google Talk is offering an update today, according to reports, that will enable users to easily transfer files, set presence with music, and send and receive voice mails. According to the article its also Google Talk’s first birthday. We haven’t checked out the upgrade because it […] Read more »

T-Mobile plans to launch a Wi-Fi-cellular converged phone service in Seattle and potentially one other market next month on September 12th, sources say. More markets will follow soon after. The city of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area are the likely candidates for a possible […] Read more »

The AWS spectrum auction has now hit over $7 billion in total bids, which is just the minimum bidding total that analysts had predicted the entire auction would deliver. The more traditional carriers are starting to move past the much-talked-about media consortiums, and Verizon Wireless led […] Read more »

The super-speedy next generation WiFi standard (802.11n) could be delayed, according to some reports. Another draft of the standard was due out later this year, but now isn’t expected until the beginning of 2007. That means final ratification probably won’t be until 2008. Standards fights, especially […] Read more »

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