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Mobile Technology Provider Mobixell Cuts Staff

So much for 2009 being the year of mobile, (or was that meant to be 2008)? Mobixell, the Israeli techonology provider for mobile messaging,…

Pandora Mobile Advertising Numbers Encouraging

Online radio service Pandora has seen its figures boosted by the number of new subscribers coming from its mobile applications for the iPho…

Report: Mobile PC Data Card Growth Crashes

The growth of mobile PC data cards in the U.S. slowed to a relative crawl at the end of 2008, according to a report from comScore (NSDQ: SCO…

Carrier Share Of Content Sales Falling

A growing number of people are getting their mobile content from sources other than their carrier, reports BusinessWeek. The article cites S…

Mobile Barcodes Flop With Students

In recent months, selling and advertising products and services through 2D barcodes, or Quick Response (QR codes) has been generating growin…

Alltel Privatisation Finalized

Alltel (NYSE: AT) has completed its privatization with a $24.7 billion buyout by private equity firms TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners. A…

Orange Launches Recommendations On Portal

Orange UK has launched real-time recommendations on its Orange World Portal, which was foreshadowed back in September. The idea is to recomm…

Alltel To Launch Parental Controls

Alltel (NYSE: AT) has announced the launch of Parental Controls, due out in February next year. The content filtering application will be av…

Round Up: Tesco; AFP; HTC Sued

— Tesco Mobile is planning to roll out banner advertising across its mobile WAP portal in November. The WAP page is the default WAP destina…

Orange Music Store Sales Doubled Since January

Operator Orange has released its mobile music download figures, showing a 70 percent increase in sales in the past six months and an almost…

Games2Win Launches Racing MMOG – CT Racer

Games2Win (G2W) has launched CT Racer, a racing Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) in collaboration with Japanese gaming company SEGA…

MetroPCS & Leap Merger Talks Off

MetroPCS has pulled out of its deal — worth about $5.2 billion — to buy Leap Wireless with both sides saying the other was unwilling to co…

FCC Approves Alltel Buyout

Alltel (NYSE: AT) has received FCC approval for the $24.7 billion buyout by private equity firms TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners. The FC…

Virgin Canada Launches Unlimited Data Plans

Virgin Canada has launched some data plans, which isn’t common in the country according to Electronista. The plans are here, with the smalle…

Vaporware Xero MVNO Being Eyed By Rok

Talk about vaporware: The terminally-vaporware ad-supported MVNO Xero Mobile is being eyed by press-release happy also-ran mobile video comp…

Alltel Launches Game League

This week Alltel (NYSE: AT) has launched the Axcess Game League from Alltel Wireless, a community gaming league that lets people play in tou…

MVNOs Work In Europe, Why Not US?

With the recent flagging of Disney possibly joining the not-so-exclusive gang of failed MVNOs it’s not surprising that the general business…

Leap Rejects MetroPCS Offer

Leap Wireless has rejected a merger proposal from MetroPCS, claiming that it undervalues Leap and complaining that MetroPCS hadn’t been keen…

Blyk To Launch In September In UK: Report

Hyped-up European MVNO Blyk, which has yet to launch, continues to play the will-they-won’t-they game: Reuters is today reporting that Leif…

MetroPCS Proposes Merger With Leap Wireless

MetroPCS has proposed a merger with Leap Wireless International, in a deal with an estimated value of $5.1 billion. The tax-free stock-for-s…

MVNO Kajeet Launches AOL IM

AOL adds another mobile operator to the list using its instant-messaging client: Maryland-based MVNO kajeet will be using an IM solution fro…

Alltel Launches Location Finder Service WHERE

Alltel has launched an LBS application dubbed Where which provides detailed and customized information, maps and directions for thousands of…

Alltel Launches On-Demand Video Service

Alltel (NYSE: AT) has launched an on-demand video clip service, dubbed Axcess TV on Demand. It’s a two-tier service: For $3.99 it offers cli…

Our Coverage List of Public Companies

We have been compiling this list for a while now: a list of public companies (168 till now) we cover across our three sites: if you see any…

Virgin Mobile USA Structure After IPO

If you are confused with all the parties in Virgin Mobile USA’s structure, below is how it will look after the IPO…the chart is from its a…

NBC Universal Signs Content Deal With Alltel

NBC Universal (NBCU) has signed a deal with Alltel Wireless which will see the telco distribute NBCU’s eleven video on-demand channels, mobi…

Buy Content Once, Play It Anywhere

CNNMoney has a good overview piece on the direction of the content industry, arguing that the media industry is moving towards people buying…

Canadian Telcos Investigate Merger

The two largest telcos in Canada, Telus and Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) are pursuing “a “non-exclusive discussions” about a possible “busi…

Users Just Wanna Have Fun & Funky Bundles

Marketnews.ca’s coverage of the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto gives us an insightful look at the lessons mobile company exces have lear…

French MVNO Runs Out Of Money, Seeks Buyer

French MVNO Ten Mobile has run out of cash and is reportedly looking for funds to support its activities… “Orange and Alice (ISP owned by…

Operators Should Welcome Web Brands

One of the most common pieces of advice to operators is to stick to their core competency — running a network. BusinessWeek does a pretty g…

Could Communications

Users aren’t consuming content en masse

Alltel, MetroPCS Keen On Spectrum Auction

Alltel has encouraged the US Federal Communications Commission to offer smaller regional licenses during the auction, which it argues will e…

Alltel Facing Three Lawsuits Over Buy-Out

Alltel is reportedly facing three lawsuits over the planned buy-out of the company: “One lawsuit alleges shareholders are being shorted and…

Qualcomm Plans Healthcare MVNO

A strategic MVNO if there ever was one: Qualcomm and several unnamed parnters are planning to launch an MVNO in the second half of next year…

WMG’s New Division For Original Programming

Warner Music Group has created a new division, named Den of Thieves, which will produce original programming for the mobile platform, as wel…

Movistar Espana Launches Advertising Initiative

Movistar Espana has launched a mobile advertising initiative which includes banner ads, sponsored links, SMS promotions, short codes which a…

Sonopia Raises $12.7 Million In Second Round

Affinity-based MVNO service Sonopia has announced it has raised $12.7 million in its second round of funding led by Cardinal Venture Capital…

Alltel Launches “Day Pass” For Web Access

Alltel is offering a “Day Pass” for $1.49, which lets customers have access to the mobile internet for 24 hours. The service works through t…

CTIA: Helio’s Ocean Casts Wide Net

Content providers, service providers and telcos continually announce exclusive deals, and it’s been pointed out many times by many people th…

Text Messages: Bundles Beat a la Carte

I was astounded by the US carriers rising the price to send an SMS considering it’s the most profitable use of data on a per kilobyte basis…

MVNO Kajeet Gets Best Buy Distribution

Tween-focused MVNO Kajeet, which currently only sells services via its website, has signed a deal with retail chain Best Buy, reports RCR Ne…

Revol Trials Ad-Supported Mobile Service

Regional flat-rate carrier Revol has started a trial of ad-supported mobile content, reports RCRNews. The 60-day trial lets people get a dis…

CompUSA To Sell XE Mobile

Big-box retailer CompUSA is now selling handsets and airtime cards for prepaid MVNO XE Mobile, reports RCR News. CompUSA has over 220 stores…

Charitable MVNO Partners For Sub-MVNO

Working Assets Wireless is an MVNO (on the Sprint network) that donates 1 percent of the amount its customers spends on mobiles to charitabl…

Music Execs Criticise DRM Systems

It seems that music executives aren’t as out of touch with general opinion as people think… the BBC writes on a study by Jupiter Research…

Time Warner Launches MVNO For Quadplay

Time Warner has launched a mobile service in Raleigh N.C. with plans to expand nationwide, reports Wireless Week. It seems to be a straight…

TeliaSonera Buys Danish MVNO

Swedish telco TeliaSonera has announced plans to buy Danish MVNO Debitel Danmark, according to Cellular News. “TeliaSonera has agreed to acq…

XE Mobile Gets Office Depot Distribution

MVNO XE Mobile has signed a distribution agreement with Office Depot, and will now be sold through 3,500 retail stores…in the US a retail…

MetroPCS Files For $1.1 Billion IPO

US regional carrier MetroPCS has filed for a $1.1 billion initial public offering, according to RCR News, and will use the money to expand i…

Polish Media Group Buys Into Game Developer

Polish media group MNI has bought a stake in Polish mobile game developer Breakpoint, spending 1.2 million euros (US$1.57 million) to buy a…

SFR Slashes Music Pricing

French operator SFR has halved the price of full-track music, in a bid to get downloads to triple to one million a month as a result. This w…

Carriers Urged To Become Labels

Entertainment executive Kedar Massenburg (from Kedar Entertainment Group) told network operators at the Mobile Marketing Forum 2006 in Los A…

Groove Mobile On Canadian Telco

Groove Mobile has signed a deal with regional Canadian telco SaskTel to “provide full-track music downloads direct to mobile handsets, acces…

Stelios Pulls Plug On easyMobile

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the man behind the “easy” brand, has cancelled the license of Danish operator TDC to run an MVNO service under the bra…

Moving Beyond Operator Portals

Brand Republic has a piece about brands offering mobile content through channels other than the operators portal. By effectively forcing the…

Titan Global Holdings Revenue Forecast

Titan Global Holdings has issued a revenue forecast for fiscal 2007 of $140 million, with $17.5 million in EBITDA. The mobile part:
“Titan W…

Operators Losing Their Grip On Value

This is a very good indication of the problems facing the operators if they continue to try and generate value through specific content — u…

Orange Announces One-Stop-Shop

Orange (the mobile arm of France Telecom) has announced an Application Shop that its customers can use to download mobile applications, and…

Major Labels Embrace Mobile Technology

“It’s becoming popular and sort of a cachet to have a mobile presence, and that extends outside of ringtones,” Hudson Entertainment COO Mike…

Carriers Are Not In Competition

The second part of an interview with Karl Woods from mobile games company Kiloo covers the normal ground…poor quality games (the developer…

Big Music Takes on Steve Jobs

Mobile music is increasingly becoming a larger part of digital music, and the fight between record labels and Apple over control of music ha…

T-Mobile Aggressive In US Spectrum Auction

As expected, T-Mobile is going hard in the US spectrum auction as it seeks the capacity to compete with the other carriers. It has bid $226.…

$15 Data Charges To Download A Song

Something that everybody knew — unreasonable data charges can make song downloads stupidly prohibitive. Research and Markets has released a…

Carriers Should At Least Pretend To Care

A little commentary on carrier’s attitudes from the Mobile Games Conference…”What really chaps QuicklyBored’s ass isn’t necessarily what c…

Dreams of a Truly Mobile Web

The Wall Street Journal has some commentary bemoaning the lack of innovation in the US mobile market, or at least its slow pace (Net Needs t…

The Well’s Book Value: $200K; No Buyer Yet

Salon.com-owned The Well, the pioneering online discussion forum, has not yet found a buyer, according to Salon’s latest 10-Q filing. “Salon…

Earnings: Salon’s Revs Increasing Slightly

Salon Media Group’s Q3 revenues increased slightly, and losses shrunk. It had revenues of $1.7 million, an increase of 32% from $1.3 million…

CTIA: Put Another Dime In The Jukebox

Mobile music is big! Huge! It will save the music industy! And the carriers! Of course, until that happens there’s a lot of arguing about wh…

Interview With Greg Ballard, GLU Mobile

Glu Mobile — the rebranded combination of Macrospace and Sorrent — seems to be doing very well, recently closing a $7.75 million investmen…

Salon Media Puts The Well On The Block

One of the most venerated online communities, The Well, has been put up for sale by parent Salon Media, according to its latest 10-Q, pick…

AOLMobile.com Launched

AOL continues its stagger into the mobile market…it has launched aolmobile.com, a “personalized mobile portal that makes it easy to learn…

Nellymoser Boosts Management Team

Nellymoser — which provides interactive mobile media solutions for direct to consumer content and marketing companies — announced that Mic…

Salon’s Hybrid Mix Works

We’ve been following Salon’s mixed approach with interest. Adam Penenberg does some updating on how the choice between the $35 subscription…

Symbian Appoints New CEO

Wireless device operating system developer Symbian said it appointed Nigel Clifford as its chief executive officer, to take over the post in…

Salon.com’s New TV Ad

Sign of the returning times..Salon.com’s now advertising on TV…the ad, being aired on Bravo and Cablevision, is narrated by “West Wing” st…

Salon in Pro Forma Profits For First Time

Salon Media Group, parent of Salon.com, has reported its first ever pro forma profits in Q2. The net loss was on par from last year: it lost…

Salon’s Earnings

Plough through this 10-Q, if you want…

KeepMedia As Magazine Industry’s iTunes?

Joh Battele analyzes KeepMedia’s prospects….”The internet seems a perfect solution to both the circulation and distribution dilemmas. If o…

Louis Borders Turns the Page. Or Does He?

“To be successful with consumers, archived magazine content should be either targeted to a reader’s specific interests or so comprehensive t…

Salon.com Dangles Two-In-One Subscriptions

Seeking to add to its base of 73,000 premium subscribers, Salon is offering a two-for-one deal: Those who sign up for the $35 offer receive…

Salon Turns 8

So much for the death-watch…

More on Salon CEO’s Departure

Michael O’Donnell, the outgoing CEO of Salon Media Group, has plans to advise tech startups in financing and distribution, according to this…

The New Digital Newsstand

Rafe Needleman at his new gig at always-off…he writes about KeepMedia: “I believe it is this service business [where they private label th…

Peak or Valley?

Despite spectacular failures, undaunted entrepreneurs persevere. Can Louis Borders’ KeepMedia succeed where others have failed? Vin Crosbie…

An Honest Admission From Salon.com

Salon.com’s been pretty honest in its financial statements, if you ask me, considering the “are-they-dead-yet” predictions all around…
Its…

KeepMedia Review 2: The Wish List

Hopefully, KeepMedia will continue adding features…right now the feature set is, well, ordinary…nothing more than what sites like NYTime…

KeepMedia Hopes to Attract Newspapers

Louis Borders is confident that he will attract newspapers for his KeepMedia service launched Monday…”There are 3,000 magazines in the U.S…

The Logic Behind KeepMedia

An interview with Louis Borders: “As we looked at the industry, we were scared away from music because of all the rights issues. One thing t…

KeepMedia Site Goes Live

KeepMedia just went live…for full list of magazines on the service, click here
Am testing the service right now…pretty good. Good functi…

More Details on KeepMedia

KeepMedia the online magazine archives marketplace, which launches today, will sell articles at $1 a pop, or free to current subscribers ($4…

The Advisory on Advisory

Hah, it’s always fun receiving media advisories…the supposed availability of expert to comment on issues of the day…especially if it is…

Can Webvan Founder Succeed

(subscription required): So it was WSJ I trumped on this news…Read my earlier exclusive, Contentville II?: Louis Borders new Venture, on L…

Salon.com Raises Yearly Subs. Prices

Salon.com is raising its annual subscription prices starting August: its two annual subscriptions packages of $30 and $18.50 are being raise…

Salon Comes Out About Even

Salon Media Group, parent of Salon.com, has reported even results for its Q4 fiscal, with revenues of $0.9 million, compared to $1 million i…

Exclusive: Contentville II?

The founder of Borders and Webvan, Louis Borders, is planning a comeback with an online content retailing solution for media industry, with…

The Salon Keeper

“When I’m making that 15th readers’ appeal, I sometimes feel like I’ve become a marketing person, rather than an editor. There are days when…

Salon Receives Additional Funding

Another back-from-the-brink funding for Salon.com: it has received $800,000, bringing the entire investment in Salon since July, 2002 to $2,…

Will Salon the Brand Save

Will Salon the Brand Save Salon.com? (via IWantMedia.com): “‘Barring a miracle, they’ll be closed within weeks’…Also counting in its favou…

The Vitriol Against Salon: An

The Vitriol Against Salon: An interesting bunch of letters sent to Salon.com, in wake of its supposed imminent demise…”Salon — and I — t…

Beautiful Losers: [Salon CEO Dave]

Beautiful Losers: [Salon CEO Dave] Talbot and [Radar founder Maer] Roshan have at least one trait in common: hubris. That’s not a criticism,…

Online Journalism and Salon: When

Online Journalism and Salon: When Dan Gillmor’s writers, people listen. Why does he support Salon: “Because I want to support excellent jour…

Pare Down That Salon Ship:

Pare Down That Salon Ship: Ken Layne has a valid argument on the bloat Salon.com is still carrying (pun intended). “If I ran Salon, I’d cut…

More on Salon.com’s New Premium

More on Salon.com’s New Premium Plan: This is Salon’s new “new deal”: Starting today, you can gain access to Salon in either of two ways: Yo…

Salon Clings to Dot-Com Swagger:

Salon Clings to Dot-Com Swagger: Salon.com is expected to announce a new scheme later this week: either subscribe, or be subjected to multip…

Salon Launches Branded Credit Card:

Salon Launches Branded Credit Card: Salon has launched a branded Visa credit card. The peg: “Keep independent journalism thriving and save 5…

Salon.com Reorganizes Sections; Rumors of

Salon.com Reorganizes Sections; Rumors of Buyout by NYT: Salon.com has reorganized its sections, combining some and starting a new opinion s…

Salon Media Group Receives $200,000

Salon Media Group Receives $200,000 Additional Funding: Salon Media Group has received another round of funding (I’ve lost count…), this t…

How to Save Salon: “Becoming

How to Save Salon: “Becoming dependent on a larger site might be the only way for its independent voice to survive.”
A somewhat ironic story…

America’s New Favorite Pastime: For

America’s New Favorite Pastime: For better or for worse, weather is no longer the favorite pastime; it is Salon.com’s survival. It’s Schaden…

Salon Plans to Sell Future

Salon Plans to Sell Future Revenues To an Unnamed Bank: According to the recent SEC filings, Salon Media Groups may sell some of its future…

Salon.com Delisted From Nasdaq, to

Salon.com Delisted From Nasdaq, to Trade on OTC: If there is any company which needs to go private, it is Salon Media. The company has been…

Salon.com’s New Scheme More Than

Salon.com’s New Scheme More Than a Day’s Worth: An interesting point raised by Anne Holland on her blog: the free day of Premium Salon that…

More Details On Salon.com’s Free

More Details On Salon.com’s Free Day Pass: MediaPost does a story on “Ultramerical”, the ad format being used by Mercedes Benz on Salon.com.…

Salon Media’s Revenues Jump to

Salon Media’s Revenues Jump to $1 Million, Riding Subscription Sales: Salon Media Group’s revenues for its latest quarter jumped to $1 milli…

Salon.com’s Still Alive on its

Salon.com’s Still Alive on its Seventh Birthday: Nope, this is not an “Onionesque” headline. Salon.com is celebrating its seventh birthay, a…

Try Salon.com Premium for Free,

Try Salon.com Premium for Free, Courtesy Mercedes Benz: In essence, a user sponsorship, and you’ll see more and more of this in the future.…

Salon.com’s New Experiment: 3 Days

Salon.com’s New Experiment: 3 Days Free, 2 Days Paid: Steve Outing comments on Salon.com’s new experiment involving its sex-advice column by…

Salon Raises $200,000: Salon Media

Salon Raises $200,000: Salon Media Group has raised $200,000 in a loan from Adobe Systems founder and company director Dr. John Warnock. The…

Is Salon.com Planning a Print

Is Salon.com Planning a Print Magazine?: A new pop-up user survey on Salon.com indicates that it is may be planning to launch a quarterly pr…

Salon Gets Extension From Nasdaq:

Salon Gets Extension From Nasdaq: Salon Media Group has received an extension from Nasdaq and will continue to be listed on the SmallCap mar…

Salon.com Ties up With HBO:

Salon.com Ties up With HBO: Salon.com has struck a “first look” agreement with HBO Films, giving it the option of working with material from…

Are Slate and Salon.com Competition?:

Are Slate and Salon.com Competition?: Job Weisberg tries to answer the eternal question: “The rest of the world may see them as rivals but W…

Salon.com Net Loss Down 43

Salon.com Net Loss Down 43 Percent; Subscription Rev. Contributes 43 Percent of Revs.: Salon Media Group’s (Nasdaq: SALNC) fiscal first-quar…

Salon.com Raises $715,000 in New

Salon.com Raises $715,000 in New Financing: Salon Media Group has disclosed that it has raised an additional $715,000 in bridge loan financi…

Salon.com Moves into Weblogs; Offers

Salon.com Moves into Weblogs; Offers Publish-Your-Own-Weblog Service: Salon Media Group, the operator of Salon.com, has launched “Salon Blog…

Salon’s CEO Responds on Finances:

Salon’s CEO Responds on Finances: In response to stories about Salon.com so-called dire financials, CEO Michael O’Donnell has responded publ…

Salon.com’s Auditors Doubt Its Continued

Salon.com’s Auditors Doubt Its Continued Viability: Salon Media Group (Nasdaq: SALNC), operator of Salon.com, has just filed it annual repor…

Salon.com Earnings: Paid subscriptions for

Salon.com Earnings: Paid subscriptions for Salon.com (Nasdaq: SALNC) now contribute about 41 percent of its revenues, according to its Q4 ea…