— Zedge.net launches in U.S.: Zedge, a mobile content company owned by IDT Corporation, said it was going to enter the U.S. market after saying that it counts as many as 10.4 million registered members, who have collectively downloaded 500 million pieces of content for their mobile phones. It says its target market is 16 to 25-year-olds, who download content such as ringtones, videos, images, wallpaper, themes and games in a social-networking environment. Release.
— BlackBerry Pearl Gets Maps With Voice: The BlackBerry Pearl 8110, 8120, and 8130 now has access to a beta version for Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps with voice, which allows users to search for locations using their voice, rather than keying in addresses. The technology uses the same speech-recognition engine as Google’s voice mobile search product, according to PhoneScoop..
— Smaato Partners With Blue Whale: Smaato, a mobile advertising company, said it was partnering with Blue Whale Systems to provide ads to the BlueWhaleMail application to enable it to be offered for free. The application offers a mobile push e-mail and push Facebook services for feature phones.
— JOIKU Launches Premium Edition: JOIKU, a Finland-based company that allows you to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, plans to announce tomorrow that it is launching a premium edition, which comes with VPN so you can access corporate Intranet sites and email. The software only allows you to turn a Nokia (NYSE: NOK) S60 device into a hotspot. The software is for sale at www.joikushop.com for 15 Euros, or about $24.