– Germany to auction second tranche of 3G licenses: Germany will launch a second round of 3G auctions next year that will allow both new entrants and incumbents to participate, reports Reuters citing the Financial Times Deutschland. The second round of 3G auctions will give operators a wider spectrum range–between 1.8 and 2.6 gigahertz–in which they will be able to offer more bandwidth-intensive services such as mobile television and music and video downloads.
— Diet Coke launches mobile portal: Coca Cola has launched a mobile portal for Diet Coke aimed at women, reports Brand Republic. The portal is subdivided into four categories–‘Access’, which includes information on music and ticketing; ‘Gossip’, with celebrity news from Heat magazine; ‘Style’, with content from getlippy.com, and ‘R&R’, with downloadable games and environmental content from Green Things.
— *Sprint* launches MyMoneyManager: Sprint (NYSE: S) has launched MyMoneyManager, which allows subscribers to access their bank accounts and connects to PayPal, so payments can be sent to friends and family. The downloadable application, running on mFoundry’s Mobile Financial Platform, connects to BB&T, Citibank, IBC Bank and PNC Bank accounts, and allows people to check balances, pay bills and find nearby banks and ATMs. Simply Everything subscribers get the app for free, and others will have to pay data rates. Release.
— *Nokia* announces software for natural disasters: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced Nokia Data Gathering, which is software that helps public sector and non-governmental organizations collect data on disease outbreaks or disaster relief on mobile devices. The Amazonas State Health Department in Brazil will be the first to use the software to help fight against dengue fever in Northern Brazil. Personnel surveying local conditions can complete questionnaires and transmit their findings to a central database. Data can be geo-tag using GPS.The software will be free to public sector organizations.