Mobile Bits: Keyboard War; TeleNav; Skype IPO; PlayStation & BOKU Rumors

New virtual keyboard approaches: Just when you think there will be a face-off between Swype and Nuance, which are both creating alternative keyboard input methods, there’s a new entrant. 3qubits, which was started by two PhD math student at Cambridge University in England, is introducing their a new virtual keyboard today they call 8Pen, which is available on the Android Market. [NYTimes]

TeleNav (NSDQ: TNAV) launches social network: Known for its mobile navigation software, TeleNav has launched a mobile-only social networking app for the iPhone called MyTies. The big selling point of the application is its privacy settings, and taps into your address book to create a personal social network. The app is free and supports text, picture, video, voice recording and location-based updates. [TeleNav Blog]

Skype’s IPO: After filing the appropriate paperwork with the SEC in August, Skype may be beginning to move forward with its IPO that could offer up to $1 billion, according to several people close to the situation. But it probably won’t happen before the end of the year. [Reuters]

Is the PlayStation phone real?: Perhaps it’s not any more clear now whether those images reported on Engadget are real, but Sony (NYSE: SNE) executives have held two recent conference calls that “seemingly acknowledged last Friday that they were working on products that will address the “light gamer” segment of the mobile gaming market.” [VentureBeat]

Are Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) circling Boku?: It’s all rumor and speculation, but it appears that both Apple and Google are taking to mobile payments startup BOKU about maybe an acquisition, or maybe a partnership. No one is commenting on the rumors. [TechCrunch]