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iPad Users Don't Mind Paying For News

According to new research, iPad users are forking over plenty of money to read their favorite digital publications on Apple’s tablet. In the…

Smartphones Make Big Gains In Prepaid

Smartphones long ago lost their hoity-toity status as the toys of the technological elite, but in the last few years they have been moving d…

UBS: Half Of New iPads Sold Will Tap Into 4G

UBS believes the new iPad will be the catalyst that drives consumers to connect their tablets to mobile broadband networks. In a new report,…

Hey SXSW, Where Are The Mobile Payments?

I’ve seen a lot of things at South by Southwest, but what I haven’t seen are mobile payments. I haven’t seen a single person pay for somethi…

Live Blogging The Apple Event Today

Today at 10 a.m. PT Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) executives will take the stage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to unveil what is…

Our Tweets From 04-05-11

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Our Tweets From 04-04-11

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Our Tweets From 03-23-11

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Our Tweets From 03.15.2011

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Our Tweets From 03.01.2011

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Our Tweets From 02.23.2011

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Our Tweets From 02.16.2011

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Our Tweets From 02.09.2011

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Our Tweets From 02.03.2011

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Our Tweets From 01.31.2011

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Our Tweets From 01.26.2011

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Our Tweets From 01.06.2011

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Our Tweets From 01.05.2011

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Our Tweets From 12.09.2010

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Our Tweets From 12.08.2010

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Our Holiday Plans

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon is — and yes, even we take breaks. Starting this afternoon, we’ll be updating the site mainly just for bre…

Our Tweets From 11.11.2010

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Our Tweets From 11.10.2010

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Our Tweets From 09.22.2010

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Our Tweets From 09.01.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.25.2010

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Our Tweets From 08.24.2010

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We’re Hiring Reporters

Do you break news on important stories? Have insights on those stories that get people talking? Can you juggle deadline reporting/writing wi…

Our Tweets From 08.10.2010

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Skype Planning VoIP Over Verizon Wireless?

This just in: Skype tells mocoNews.net it will be hosting a joint news conference with Verizon Wireless at Mobile World Congress in Barcelon…

mocoNews Quick Hits 01.28.2010

»  Video demo of the touchscreen-Qwerty keyboard BlackBerry Magnum. [The Cellular Guru]

»  Why a Zune phone wouldn’t be…

mocoNews Quick Hits: 12.31.09

»  The Apple tablet/ereader rumor now has a name. Or two, to be exact. Various companies with links to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) have re…

mocoNews Quick Hits 11.13.09

»  Will Apple’s treatment of its app developers eventually alienate coders? [Venture Beat]

»  Trade group GSMA is predi…

mocoNews Quick Hits 9.16.09

»  Palm (NSDQ: PALM) is paying developers to create apps for its WebOS. [palm WebOS]

»  An app store and OS upgrade fo…

mocoNews Quick Hits 9.08.09

»  Video of Palm’s new webOS has been leaked. [JK On The Run]

»  Will a batch of bad camera parts ruin Apple’s big “onl…

mocoNews Quick Hits 8.05.09

»  Sprint (NYSE: S) is trying to cut costs by hiring a middleman, Brightpoint, to sell its products where Sprint doesn’t doesn’t h…

mocoNews Quick Hits: 7.30.09

»  Even though there was an 8% drop in mobile handset shipments last quarter, there’s a hint of recovery in those numbers. [Cellul…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.29.09

»  Why is Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) keeping quiet on an iPhone SMS vulnerability that may unleash bad things during the Black Hat securit…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.28.09

»  The story behind Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) rejecting the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice app from its store, even after Apple

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.27.09

»  Is Verizon (NYSE: VZ) rushing to get its LTE service up and running by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the new Ap…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.23.09

»  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has captured 90% of the “premium” ($1000-plus) personal-computing market. During the first quarter of last y…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.22.09

»  By the end of next year, half of HTC’s phones will use the Android OS instead of Windows Mobile, up from 30 percent. [Digitimes…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.17.09

»  Has overselling mobile broadband degraded the networks? A study says only 10% of users are satisfied with their service. [Cellu…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.15.09

»  Intel’s shares are jumping thanks to new sales figures for its Atom netbook processors. [LA Times]

»  Nokia (NYSE: N…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.9.09

»  How much does it cost to buy every iPhone app? [Busted Loop]

»  Time to make the donuts… and beyond — T-Mobile wi…

mocoNews Quick Hits 7.07.09

»  The HTC Hero is the first Android phone with Flash. [Adobe Blogs]

»  Will Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) let this Gmail push not…

mocoNews Quick Hits

»  China Mobile’s 3G service isn’t off to a rousing start. [Network World]

»  Samsung is looking forward to a sales bo…

mocoNews Quick Hits

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The Problems With Over-Texting

Stories about the dangers of mobile phones are a dime a dozen, but here’s a new one: “excessive texting.”

NYTimes has a post up, stating t…

People.com Releases Pay-To-Download App

Major news sites are falling all over each other to release their own iPhone apps lately. Many hope to get some incremental ad revenue now,…

Our EconSM Event Program

Our EconSM Event Program is hot off the (digital) press. You can see it by clicking here, and register for the event, which is in San Franci…

Twitter To Expand Search Beyond Own Site

In its current state, Twitter’s search function offers a quick way to size up in real-time what people are saying on Twitter — but not much…

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YouTube Starts Testing Out Mobile Ads

YouTube has started testing out display ads for its mobile version, m.youtube.com. The company has been developing a mobile interface over t…

EconCeleb: Our Full Coverage

This afternoon we had our first EconCeleb conference at the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood where we heard from industry heads such as Harvey L…

EconSM: Two Weeks and Counting

We are in the home stretch of our second annual Economics of Social Media conference, with exactly two weeks left to the start. We have trie…

Tricia Taking A Few Days Off…

For those of you who’ve known me for some time, there’s no doubt you’ve seen me stumble through some wireless conventions, press conferences…

Our Coverage Of CTIA

Our publisher and co-editor Rafat Ali along with our mocoNews.net principal correspondent Tricia Duryee have been in Las Vegas, covering the…

EconSM 08: The Speakers Lineup

We’re about 27 days away from our Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference at Skirball Center in LA. For those of you who are attending…

You’re At CTIA If…

….the baggage carousel at Las Vegas airport has ad banners for Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericcson. Outside, it is nice and breezy this time of the…

Airport Celebs and Cameraphones

The only part of airports that I like: celebrity sightings. Below is a small collage of my sightings over the last six months: the latest wa…

Our Coverage From SxSW

Our paidContent.org correspondent Joseph Weisenthal has been at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas this past week,…

Newest Jobs In Digital Media

Latest jobs in digital media added since yesterday:

— Championship Gaming Series: Marketing Manager
— Control Room: VP, Business Develop…

The Official MocoNews Predictions For 2008

Every year — for one reason or another — we make predictions as to what the world will see in the mobile content space in the coming year.…

Mobile Content Bits: AAA; Teletext; Metro

— Alltel (NYSE: AT) and AAA Release AAA Mobile: Alltel Wireless and automobile organization AAA have rolled out AAA Mobile, a GPS applicati…

@ CES: Notebook From The Show Floor

I finally had a chance to walk around the show floor at CES Wednesday and check out some of the stuff on display. Most of the eye-catching t…

Mobile Content Bits: Airtel, UFC

— SMS 2.0 For Airtel: Indian operator Airtel has launched a new content service called “SMS 2.0”, which combines messaging with content and…

Top 10 Viewed Stories Of 2007 on MocoNews

Since everyone else is doing it, might as well…top 10 stories of the year on MocoNews, as filtered through our Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Analyti…

Opera Links Web To Opera Mini

Browser company Opera has issued an upgrade that lets people register for Opera Link, and then access the bookmarks on their Opera 9.5 web b…

@ CTIA: Trends In 30 Seconds

Kara Swisher did a short video at our Mocomixer last night, including a quick interview with me. And then, some mobile startups and their 30…

Our CTIA MocoMixer: Went Very well

About 600 people showed up in total for our CTIA MocoMixer tonight at the Palace hotel. Thanks to everyone who came, and sorry to the substa…

Mozilla Commits To Mobile

Mike Schroepfer of Mozilla has put up a blog post detailing what the organization plan to do in the mobile space, and it’s pretty different…

Quattro Raises $12.3 Million In Second Round

Mobile advertising play Quattro Wireless has secured $12.3 million in a second round of funding led by Globespan Partners and joined by prev…

EBay Launches Mobile Bidding Service In Europe

EBay is rolling out a mobile bidding service in the UK, France and Belgium. There are plenty of services which allow bidding on eBay auction…

Mobiles Do Text And Voice Well, Why Not Use It?

It’s a well-known but often overlooked fact that the most popular use of mobile phones is to make voice calls, and the second most popular u…

HP's Mobile Printing Idea: A Joke, Right?

John Markoff, who really just needs to get out of Silicon Valley once-in-a-while, thinks a new HP mobile-enabled printing service is, well,…

The US Mobile Content Classification Scheme

It’s not really news, but useful for the mobile content industry: Mark Desautels, Vice President of Wireless Internet Development at CTIA, h…

Very Competitive Mobile Market In US: FCC

CTIA has filed a letter with the FCC promoting the competitiveness of the US mobile marketplace and refuting the “circulating myths” about t…

Vatican Anoints T-DMB For Mobile TV

The Vatican will go with T-DMB for its mobile TV service, and Vatican Radio has already started a pilot run across the city state reports Te…

Round Up: Hallmark, LocatioNet, CBS

–Hallmark is launching a mobile storefront which will feature its own content as well as licensed material from other sources. The content…

Italian Writes Novel On Mobile Phone

In a sign of how mobile phones are improving in terms of computing power and usefulness an Italian man has written a 384-page science fictio…

Premium Game Texting: All Bets Are Off

SMS voting has been a cash cow for mobile operators and TV producers, but it could turn out to be sour milk if a hairdresser, a secretary an…

Dotmobi Now Tries With City Names

[by Ingrid Lunden] Not that .mobi has been a great hit till now, but that doesn’t prevent dotmobi, the company that administers the domain n…

Roundup: Vringo & UMG; Telenor

— Vringo, the video ringtones firm, has signed up with Universal Music Group to provide music video content in the form of a video ringtone…

More Trouble For Oasys Mobile

Raleigh, North Carolina-based mobile distribution company Oasys Mobile is in more trouble, after it started considering its strategic option…

Harbinger Hangs Up On Openwave

Surprise: Harbinger has given up on trying to buy majority in beleaguered mobile software firm Openwave…Openwave’s stock was down about 5…

Vodafone Sale To Verizon Rumors Start Up Again

The rumors that Vodafone may sell all or part of its stake in Verizon Wireless to Verizon Communications are doing the rounds again, apparen…

Openwave’s Bidder Ready To Hang Up

Hedge fund Harbinger Capital will likely sell its shares in Openwave if its tender offer for the mobile software firm fails Thursday, it sai…

Obama Launches Branded SMS Campaign

Barack Obama has launched an SMS service to support his presidential campaign. He’s made it easy to join: People just send “Go” to OBAMA (62…

Motorola Buys Modulus Video

Motorola has announced it is buying privately held Modulus Video for an undisclosed sum, with the deal expected to close in the second or th…

Clinton Uses SMS In Primary Campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton has unveiled a “mobile-to-mobile text-messaging push” to garner support for her presidential campaign, reports the Ne…

This Week: London ContentNext Mixer

I am back after a week’s vacation (yes, I finally took one) in Kauai (some pics here). Back to life now, and this week, our big London mixer…

Schools Consider Text Alerts For Crises

Rafat wrote about schools and colleges getting a mobile alert system last week, and it seems many of them are now looking at doing so. “Sinc…

Samsung Joines DVB-H Interoperability Alliance

Samsung and Nokia have agreed to work on interoperability of mobile TV under the DVB-H standard. This is touted as Samsung deciding to use N…

EconSM: Sold Out On Tickets

About two-and-a-half weeks before our first conference, we’re sold out on tickets. We’ll have about 500 participants in total at EconSM, on…

LG Text Messaging Competition Not The First

Reuters has drawn attention to a text-messaging competition run by LG Electronics, which it is billing as “the first organized text messagin…

CTIA To Audit SMS Programs In US

CTIA — The Wireless Association has some news of its own — it has launched an industry-wide SMS Common Short Code (CSC) Auditing and Monit…

CTIA: The Full Party List

We don’t have a MocoMixer this time at CTIA, after doing our debut one at last CTIA in LA…our upcoming EconSM conference is sucking up all…

EconSM: Who’s on Which Panel?

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be discussing in depth what each panel will address at the EconSM conference on April 26th in Beverly Hills. If…

CTIA’s Response To PR Onslaught

CTIA has sent in a response to my post about the PR onslaught yesterday. I look like a half-fool now, so I will lay it out: looks like I did…

CTIA: The PR Spam-A-Lot

This will only be of interest to the journalists reading this…so the big CTIA show is coming up in about two weeks, and the PR onslaught i…

Going to India For Two Weeks

I am going to India (my family hometown of Aligarh) tomorrow, for two weeks, on a rather hastily-planned last-minute family trip. As regula…

Some New Stage-Setters At EconSM

We have added some new names as our stage-setters: Shawn Gold, SVP of Marketing at MySpace and Rich Skrenta, CEO of Topix.net. We announced…

Round-Up: Games, Comics And Messaging

–A new game company has opened up in the Bay area, reports Modojo. iQ212 will create casual games for web, PC and mobile.
–Comic book/str…

Vonage May Launch An MVNO

Vonage is expanding. BusinessWeek reports that the VOIP seller “could remake itself into a wireless service provider and start selling broad…

Some New Names At EconSM; Earlybird Closed

We closed early bird ticket for our EconSM conference last weekend, and now the regular tickets are for sale. We have also added some new na…

Virgin Mobile USA IPO Trial Balloon Again

These speculations were at fever pitch more than a year ago, but this BW story now says timing might be good for Virgin Mobile USA owners to…

3GSM Pic Of The Day

Flickr is already filling up with 3GSM pictures from Barcelona, a day before the show has started. Sony Ericcsion kicked off the show with i…

Anyone With Extra Hotel Room At 3GSM?

We were late in booking a hotel room for our journalist Robert Andrews for 3GSM starting next week in Barcelona. He along with Peggy will be…

Next Week: Coverage Galore From 3GSM

Next week, we’ll be at the biggest of them all, 3GSM in Barcelona. Our UK contributing writer Robert Andrews will be there, along with our B…

Wireless Launches At Demo 07

More cases of the wireless industry taking over the world… RCRWireless News has a piece up on the DEMO conference and some of the mobile a…

MocoMixer In Orlando For CTIA?

So we did our first specialized MocoMixer last year at CTIA at Staples Center in LA, and by all accounts, was the best business networking e…

Ferrari-Branded Mobile Phone

Ferrari has launched a branded mobile phone with Motorola, writes Autoblog. The 490 euro (US$632) MotoRAZR Maxx V6 Ferrari Challenge has som…

Our Mixer In SF Tonight: Went Very Well

Our ContentNext Mixer in San Francisco went very well…I hope all of the 550-600 of you who attended liked it as well. Great venue, great c…

Mobile Content And Services On Lower-End Phones

The NY Times (reg) has a piece on what people with lower end phones — those they get free or practically free from carriers on a plan — ca…

Dodgy Ringtone Sales Tactics Still Happening

(Note: This has been reposted due to accidental deletion) I thought this was mostly over, but my sister went searching on the web for ringto…

Celebrity Text Messaging Service

A new service called The In Crowd which sends text messages from celebrities to subscribers… $9.99 per month gets them three text messages…

Alltel Trying Hard; Widgetizes Its UI

Well, you have to give Alltel marks for trying…and it is starting where everyone sucks: it is working on the UI of its phone service. It h…

MSN To Launch new Mobile Homepage Beta

MSN is kicking off 2007 with the launch of its rather elaborate mobile site (in beta) here. I am not sure what the final URL will be, but th…

Bound For Botany Bay

After attending NAPTE Mobile++ yesterday (a very solid conference — not flashingly brilliant, but definitely better than a lot I’ve been to…

What's Holding Back Mobile TV?

In a week full of mobile TV announcements Electronic News has done a Q&A with industry leaders as to why mobile TV hasn’t taken off in the U…

CES Day 1 Content Newswire

–Nokia’s CES PR includes a tie-in with social network service Vox (part of Six Apart) that will let users of certain Nokia Nseries (the fir…

Registration For SF Mixer Opens Next Week

Preparations for our ContentNext San Francisco Mixer on Jan 25th are coming along nicely…the venue as we announced previously is the beaut…

Paramount's New Mobile Portal

Not that launching a mobile site is a big deal, but this is among the first dedicated studio mobile portals…earlier these studios were pus…

Our New NYC Journalist: David Kaplan

We finally have ground presence in NYC: David Kaplan is our new NYC journalist…technically Senior Correspondent for our sites paidContent.…

2006: A Look-Back At My Predictions

At the beginning of the year I joined everyone else in making predictions for 2006, and in the interest of accountability here’s the list of…

Intel Bets On Non-Convergence

Intel is betting that people will be willing to carry two devices — one for making calls and one for using the internet. “Intel’s ambition…

Socialight Expands LBS Service To Texters

Socialight has upgraded its location-tagged information service, the most significant move being to extend it most mobile phone users. A soc…

Wireless Gets Caught Up In Yahoo Reorg

RCR has a bit on the effect of Yahoo’s reorganization on its mobile offerings… “Yahoo Inc. is searching for an executive to head its “audi…

Mobile Services And Youth

Nick Wright, a Research Associate at the Wireless World Forum, has described a roundtable about the mobile industry and youth held at the mo…

Mobile Vs PC Web

The Register has used a review of Opera’s new Mini service to go on a bit of a rant about the difference between the mobile web and the PC w…

Yahoo Launches Group Texting Site

TechCrunch has picked up on a new (and as yet unpromoted) service from Yahoo… a group texting service called Mixd.
“Mixd allows users to s…

An Industry Reflected In A Company

InsideBayArea has a feature on FunMobility, now enjoying good times after a lean beginning, a trajectory that pretty closely mirrors that of…

Start-up Round-up: Pitch TV; Berggi

–UK company Pitch is launching a mobile entertainment community that offers “instant messaging, photo and video upload and sharing as well…

Next Week: In B-Town At Ernie Pyle

This is probably the best one-day trip I have had to do in a while: I will be in Bloomington, Indiana on Monday, to talk to the students and…

MobiTV’s Next Step Could be U-verse

This is a very speculative piece arguing that AT&T could choose MobiTV to take its U-verse IPTV service mobile. It’s based on the fact that…

Time Warner Cable Mobile Phone UI

I had a demo from someone yesterday…since it runs on the Sprint network, it looks pretty much like that…it was a Fusic phone. The mobile…

Third Upgrade For Opera Mini Due This Month

RCR News: Norwegian software developer Opera will release the third upgrade for its Opera Mini mobile browser sometime this month. “The Java…

GigaOM At Mobile 2.0

Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOM has questioned whether Mobile 2.0 will ever be as big as Web 2.0, without coming to any conclusion. There’s an…

DC Mixer On Nov 15: Registration NOW Open

Registration now open:We invite you to our second ContentNext Mixer of paidContent.org and Moconews.net readers November 15th evening, 2006,…

Cingular Adds HBO Latino

Cingular has added content from HBO Latino to the HBO Mobile service it offers for $4.99 per month. “The HBO Latino category on HBO Mobile i…

Google Launches Mobile E-mail App For Speed

Google is hoping to boost its mobile e-mail business by offering a Java application for people to check their Gmail accounts (downloadable f…

Maine Gubernatorial Race Goes Mobile

Here’s an interesting use of mobile technology in politics…Green Independent candidate for Maine Governor Pat LaMarche has launched an SMS…

Latest .Mobi Sales Figures

mTLD has clocked up “218,000 .mobi registrations by customers in 104 countries around the
world”. The auction at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferen…

Mobile Comparison Shopping With Offers

Here’s something we missed earlier, which is interesting. DealMine has gone wireless with the idea that people can comparison shop while out…

T-Mobile to Participate in Hiwire Trial

T-Mobile USA will be participating in the HiWire DVB-H trial due to start in December. However, the operator hasn’t agreed to do anything mo…

SavaJe On Its Last Legs?

So says a story in eWeek…the alternative Java mobile OS firm SavaJe, which recently did a $41.5 million recap round, might be close to thr…

Saving Mobile Gaming With D2C

Playphone biz dev VP Dave Bell argues that rather than the quality of mobile games being an issue, the thing that is holding back the indust…

The Wildest Mobile Applications

Telecom Asia: Telecom Asia has compiled a list of mobile phone applications that move beyond the music/video/gaming/social zeitgeist. It’s g…

FaithFone Launches Mobile Bank

Christian News Wire: Christian mobile provider FaithFone has launched a mobile banking service (Banking On You) with an account linked to a…

BenQ-Siemens Aims To Be Designer

The official in charge of a 90-day last ditch attempt to salvage something from the BenQ-Siemens handset business has announced that 1,900 o…

Amp’d Launches Mobile Payments

Amp’d has signed up Obopay to offer a mobile payments solution. From the press release: “Amp’d Mobile device users will be able to send mone…

London Mixer Report: “Bloody Brilliant”

Yes, I am indulging in cliches, but that’s what someone said to me…we had a very good one. Despite the fact that the venue was slightly of…

.Mobi Descending Into Farce

mTLD will auction the first ten “premium” .mobi domain names at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East domain conference. The title might be a little harsh…

Motricity Reorgs; Cuts Jobs

Motricity, one of the few biggish mobile content tech players left after a round of consolidation, has reorganized and “to better respond to…

Motricity Cuts Jobs & Reorganizes

Motricity has reorganized itself, resulting in the loss of some jobs. “The mobile-entertainment company has grouped employees by customer ty…

Almost, Almost Famous

Imagine trying to move 17,000 pieces of furniture into a new house, all at the same time. And of course, you want none of them to break, and…

Thanks For Your Patience

No, you’re not hallucinating … We had every hope of meeting today under different circumstances but the weekend process Rafat described as…

Content Deals For This Week

Artificial Life to Develop 3G Mobile Games with CBS Digital Media: This is an interesting development — Artificial Life is best known for i…

What Cellphone Users Want

Pogue over at NYT has published some suggestions from readers about what they want their mobile phones to do. The suggestions are all about…

@ Mipcom: Voice Of The Handsets

Nokia VP Mark Selby knows how to command the attention of an audience. I’m not sure I’d agree with him though that the mobile industry has a…

Sony Pictures’ First D2C Deal

Some more needle moving on the D2C front: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has inked its first direct-to-consumer mobile deal with online mo…

@ MIPCOM: Our Detailed Coverage

Most of it is not yet mobile related, so on our sister site paidContent.org:
–@ Mipcom: Piracy Is A Business Model, Says Disney Co-Chair An…

Our Servers Today; And Changes Ahead

As you may have noticed today, our servers have been very flaky, and you may be getting the database errors left and right.

More Softbank Rebranding — Yahoo Ketai

Softbank’s ongoing rebranding of Vodafone Japan continues apace, with the latest changes (apparently from Oct 1) below:
“Vodafone live” –>…

Top New Jobs In Mobile Content

–Hudson Entertainment: Marketing Manager, Mobile Content – Redwood City, CA
–Mobile Sidewalk: Online Marketing Manager – Irvine, CA or Wes…

All News This Week: Headlines

–Our London Mixer Date: October 18, Not October 17
–Coming Next Week: Extensive Coverage From Mipcom
–Mobile Content Aggregator MSpot Get…

SMS And The Mobile Internet

This article focuses on network speeds and latency, but there’s an interesting quote early on: “The mobile Internet provides wireless applic…

New Jobs In Mobile Content

–Mobile Sidewalk: Online Marketing Manager – Irvine, CA or West Los Angeles, CA
–Mobile Sidewalk: Online Search Manager – Irvine, CA or We…

Nokia Unveils Bluetooth Rival Technology

Nokia has unveiled a new short-range wireless connection that it says is smaller and more energy-efficient (10-times more) than Bluetooth te…

Now Luxury MVNO Voce Halves Its Price

Just after ESPN closes up shop, Voce (the luxury MVNO targeted at the stupidly wealthy) has halved its prices, now going for a start-up cost…

Wiping Content On Stolen Mobiles

The Beeb is reporting on a new service which sends a signal to a mobile phone once it is reported lost or stolen, causing it to “emit an ala…

Portrait Of The Artist As A Mobile Screen Saver

Mobux is selling wallpapers by independent Australian artists, as well as some from around the world, for $2.50 a pop. “The managing directo…

All Posts For The Week: Recap

Probably way too long, but a list of all the stories we did over the last week:
–London Mixer On Oct 17th: Venue: Rich Mix
–Rok Goes Free…

Xero Mobile Sold, To Newly Formed Company

I’m not an expert in these matters, but this sounds fishy… much maligned incipient MVNO Xero Mobile has signed a deal to be sold to a newl…

Skype’s Mobility Problem

Skype has been trying to get onto mobile phones for a couple of years now, with little success. There are some technical issues but they cou…

Great New Jobs In Mobile Content

–Starcut: Mobile Project Manager – New York
— OpenMarket Exchange: Mobile Sales Executive, Seattle
–Qpass/OpenMarket: Senior Product Mana…

London Mixer On Oct 18th: Venue: Rich Mix

Update: We have changed the date to October 18, because of concerns of clash with other events the day before.
So we are getting close to ou…

Reply All Text Messaging

3Jam is pushing an application that allows “reply all SMS”, a fairly simple idea in concept. When someone sends a message to multiple people…

Recent Content Deals

–Groove Mobile has signed a distribution deal with Iris Distribution for independent record labels, which will see Groove offering full-tra…

.Mobi Gets 75,000 Registrations

The WSJ is reporting that “businesses and individuals in more than 100 countries registered over 75,000 wireless Web sites with a “dot-mobi”…

Jamster Signs Disney Deal For North America

Jamster has signed a deal with the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) to distribute mobile content from WDIG’s publishing labels mDisney, cre…

Great New Jobs In Mobile Content

–Qpass/OpenMarket: Senior Product Manager, User Experience, Seattle
–Qpass/OpenMarket: Senior Software Engineer, Seattle
–New York Times:…

.Mobi Launches Today

For those who have been breathlessly waiting, today is the day — .mobi is available to everyone. Here. This excludes premium words.
Some (n…

Mercora To Debut Mobile Music Service

Mercora has announced a new application called Mercora M, which allows people to stream music from their music library on their PC as well a…

Concern Over .Mobi

The Financial Times has a piece on .mobi, writing about the concerns of the business community about the proliferation of domain names which…

These Blogging Fingers

Quick, what is the worst thing you can wish for a blogger? Well, you don’t need to … it happened to me. Yep, broke my small right-hand fin…

Some Content Announcements This Week

–Qmobile has scored a deal with the Walt Disney Internet Group to offer mobile content (wallpapers, ringtones and video clips) through its…

Great New Jobs In Mobile Content

–New York Times: Director of Mobility, NYC
–New York Times: Mobile Platform Engineer, NYC
–New York Times: Mobile Applications Engineer,…

Post-Auction Speculation Begins

Wireless Week said it all in its headline, which I’ve appropriated…the article goes on to point out that it was the big carriers who were…

Great New Jobs In Mobile Content

— Fotolog: Product Manager: Mobile, NYC
–Third Screen Media: Producer, Boston, MA
–Third Screen Media: Client Engineer, Boston, MA
–NBC…

Select New Jobs In Mobile Content

Lots more in the right column..check there.
–Third Screen Media: Producer, Boston, MA
–Third Screen Media: Client Engineer, Boston, MA
–N…

@CTIA: Round-up Of CTIA Round-ups

There’s not much news around today, but there’s quite a number of CTIA pieces…
–IT Business Net focused a lot on AOL Mobile, which is bus…

US Spectrum Auction — Preliminary Results

The preliminary results: T-Mobile was the top bidder, offering almost $4.2 billion for 120 licenses. Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $2.8 bil…

Things I Learned @CTIA

Well, I’m back from CTIA for another year, and I have a number of interviews which I’ll write up over the next few days.
Here are some thin…

Who Needs Mobile Content? Not The Consumer…

This article expands on Chernin’s theme of “Consumers don’t need mobile content but we need to work together to make them desperately want i…

CTIA Wire: Day Two

— Amp’d Adds Advertising: It will begin selling ad spots within its video content offerings, and has partnered with advertising vendor Rhyt…

@ CTIA: The Show Floor

Overall, a subdued CTIA, for some reason. Except for the News Corp-Jamba deal, and the RNWK-WTHN deal, nothing much…mobile advertising is…

Cartoon Network Hits Arabia

Nothing to do with CTIA, but Turner Broadcasting has signed a deal with Info2cell.com for the latter to provide Java games, wallpapers, them…

@ CTIA: The Day One Buzz

Day one at CTIA, was slower than usual, as it was the enterprise day. Tomorrow will be the mobile entertainment day, and the keynotes reflec…

CTIA Wire: Day One

— Nokia, Warner Bros. in mobile entertainment deal: Nokia will make video clips, ring tones and other entertainment from Warner Bros. avail…

@ CTIA: CBS Wireless Goes For A Face

A pretty face for its mobile services…that will help, thinks CBS Wireless. It has sgned actress Ashley Hartman (“The O.C.”) as the company…

MocoMixer Pictures

I would have liked to take even more, but for now, I think we have enough…this is from our blowout MocoMixer at Staples Center roof last n…

Our MocoMixer Last Night

It went really well…dead tired and then this damn Verisign-News Corp news broke…I missed breaking it literally by about couple of hours.…

Weekly Sponsor Thank You

We used to do this last year, but somehow fell through. Makes sense to thanks those who help keep us in operation. Our main MocoNews.net spo…

@ CTIA: Some Possible Themes

This CTIA, starting this coming week in LA, will hopefully be a more rational one, but maybe that’s asking for too much. Some themes that ma…

Usability Guru on NYT’s Mobile Site

Jakob Nielsen, the usability guru, left a comment on our sister site paidContent.org, in response to the NYTimes.com’s new mobile site (whic…

CTIA: The Mobile Content Related Sessions

So we compiled a list of all mobile content related sessions at next week’s CTIA for our internal use, but makes sense for others to be able…

RIM Launches Multimedia Phone

Research In Motion has announced details of its push into the consumer market with a multimedia phone with a camera and music player. The “P…

MocoMixer Reminder and Other Points

Just a quick reminder post for the people who are registered for our MocoMixer on Sep 11 evening: we will send out a formal e-mail reminder…

Vodafone Germany Launches Mapping Service

Vodafone Germany has launched a mobile mapping service, Mobile Earth, which “enables mobile users to view any address in Germany over full c…

Great New Jobs In Mobile Content

–Mobile Solutions Firm: Business Development Exec. -Carrier/Handset Focused, NYC – Preferably
–NBC Mobile: Producer, NYC
–Warner Bros: Di…

A Few Fun Mobile Content Announcements

— Amp’d Mobile has announced a new series, Lil’ Bush: Resident of the United States. “This series, created exclusively for Amp’d Mobile, fo…

Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

–Warner Bros: Director, New Media & Interactive Marketing, Burbank, CA
–Warner Bros Online : Manager, Wireless, Burbank, CA
–Virgin Mobil…

MocoMixer @ CTIA Registration: Closed Now

Yes, we’re full, about six hours into opening the registration for our MocoMixer on Sep 11 evening…there’s nothing we can do. We’ll cause…

Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

— Cingular: Marketing Director, Offer Planning Redmond, WA
–Ericsson: Business Developer II – Mobility World, NYC
–InfoSpace, Inc.: Partn…

CTIA: Mobile Device Security Standard Set

The first CTIA story (apart from our MocoMixer)…A new security standard for mobile phones is set to be unveiled at CTIA on the 13th of Sep…

Mobile2win China-Disney: Deal Or No Deal?

[by Sahad] Mobile2win China’s rumoured sale to Walt Disney is back in news again. The Economic Times reports that a deal between Disney and…

Our MocoMixer Registration: Opening Tomorrow

I know you’re all sick of hearing about this…but we’re opening our MocoMixer registrations will be opening tomorrow morning…really. Than…

Getty’s Mobile Madonna Effort

Getty Images has announced it will distribute exclusive images from Madonna’s “Confessions” tour to mobile phones, via carriers. The images…

Select New Jobs in Mobile Content

Lots more in right column:
–Ericsson: Business Developer II – Mobility World, NYC
–InfoSpace, Inc.: Partnership Manager (Alltel) (Little R…

CTIA: Extra Hotel Rooms?

Wondering if anyone has any extra hotel rooms they’ve booked for CTIA that week in LA, and want to offload? We require at least two rooms ar…

US Spectrum Auction Continues To Slow

The US spectrum auction is grinding to a halt…last week the increase in the total amount bid was slowing down, now it seems the number of…

Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

They’re raining, yes they are:
–New York Times Company: Mobile Platform Engineer, NYC
–New York Times Company: Director of Mobility, NYC
-…

Classic Mobile Content From Krofft Brothers

Warner Music Group subsidiary Rhino Entertainment has announced Krofft Mobile — “a suite of ringtones, ringback tones, video ringers and im…

New Jobs in Mobile Content

–World Wrestling Entertainment: Online Account Executive for NYC and LA offices
–Interactive/Mobile Business Development Executive, NYC -…

Netflix Launches Mobile Site

Not that big a deal, but Netflix is like crack, for lots of people, hence important. Impluse movie ordering at its best…some flaws as the…

Some Licensing Deals

MobilePlay has signed up some new content providers for its service — some fairly big ones. They include The Onion, AccuWeather.com, washin…

Interview: Chris Houston, Amp’d Mobile Canada

Amp’d has received a fair bit of flack for its decision to expand into Canada early next year…here the president of Amp’d Mobile Canada ex…

Our CTIA Meetings

As most of you know, both Rafat and I will be attending CTIA show in LA next month (we’re also doing our mixer on Sep 11 evening), and we pl…

Mobiles A “Pipeline For Perversion”

Australian ICT Minister Helen Coonan has reportedly called mobile phones a pipeline for perversion…let’s hear it for political grandstandi…

Virgin OKs Off-Deck Sales With MX Telecom Deal

Virgin Mobile USA has signed up MX Telecom to support its off-deck content sales, a move to increase the market in America. “Off-deck conten…

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Good New Jobs in Mobile Content

–Mblox: Marketing Communications Manager US – Sunnyvale, California
–Waat Media: Executive Producer – Games, LA
–SinglePoint Mobile: Dire…

Texting, Ringtones Taking Off In Iraq

Sending SMS messages and getting the latest ringtones are reportedly becoming very popular in Iraq, mostly because there’s nothing else to d…

Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

–SinglePoint Mobile: Senior Product Manager – Bellevue, WA or Vienna, VA
–SinglePoint Mobile: Director, Product Development – Bellevue, WA…

dotMobi To Auction Top-Drawer Names

mTLD has announced its plans for trademarks containing common words…the domains will be set aside and trademark owners will need to show t…

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Good New Jobs in Mobile Content

–Mobile Messenger: Marketing Manager, Santa Monica, LA
–Mobile Messenger: Web Designer, Santa Monica, LA
–Mobile Messenger: Campaign Deli…

AUCTION NEWS: $4.1 Billion And Counting

Ten rounds have now passed in the US spectrum auction and — as expected — the amount bid is climbing…from $2.4 billion on friday to more…

Auction Round Six: NextWave strikes back

Round six of the US spectrum auction has seen some action, with the total bid increasing to
$1,677,200,645…if the predictions were right i…

Some Licensing Deals

SonyBMG has agreed to co-publish The Shroud, a multiplayer game that incorporates GPS features (more details on the game here). According to…

Job Opening With Us: Ad Sales Exec in London

ContentNext Media is a rapidly growing online news and information media company based in Santa Monica, CA, covering the business of digital…

U.S. Wireless Auction Update: Round Five

Round five ended today in wireless spectrum auction in U.S., and EchoSTar and DirecTV, bidding as Wireless DBS, are back in the lead, toppin…

Skype Goes Mobile With iSkoot

Skype (now owned by eBay) will promote Skype-to-mobile service iSkoot. The program allows uers to have the same Skype features on a mobile p…

Opera Serves 1 Billion Mobile Webpages

Just a little indication that at least some people are using the internet on mobile devices…Opera’s 5 million active users of Opera Mini h…

Cable/Sat Ventures Lead in Wireless Auction

And if anyone needs it desperately, it is T-Mobile USA, which sucks as far as advanced mobile services are concerned. And yet, it was knocke…

Photos For 911

This is a pretty good idea… a system for 911 and other emergency operators to recieve a photo taken with the mobile phone that someone cal…

Telecom NZ Gears Up For Mobile Content

Telecom NZ appears to be opening up its walled garden of mobile content to other players — sort of. The system involves customers sending a…

Virus Reignites Mobile Malware Squabble

The ongoing argument about mobile viruses continues, with Nokia claiming that antivirus companies — particularly F-Secure — are over-hypin…

New Jobs In Mobile Content

–SONY BMG: Mobile Sales Manager, NYC
–SONY BMG: Mobile Account Manager, NYC
— Disney Mobile: Manager, Retention Marketing
–Zannel: VP O…

Business Ignores Mobile Internet At Its Peril

Telco consultant Tomi Ahonen has claimed that “by 2010, the dominant device will be the 3G smartphone and all internet content will be forma…

Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

–9 Squared: Account Manager, Denver, CO
–9 Squared: Product Manager, Mobile Applications and Services, Denver, CO
–Crisp Wireless: Vice P…

Sth African Telcos Teach Text

Interesting…despite the relative boom of mobile phones in Africa (relative to other African tech goods) apparently SMS hasn’t take off, so…

Mophap Gets Seed Investment

Mobile advertising company Mophap (mow-fap) has garnered some seed funding from “a group of Boston-based angels and individual investors”……

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Great New Jobs in Mobile Content

— NYTimes.com: Product Manager, Mobile, NYC
— Telephia: Director of Account Management – Mobile Content – (US Location Open)
–mBlox: Prod…

The Wi-Fi in Your Handset

(Reg required) NYT has a piece on WiFi handsets, which is pretty comprehensive. There’s a number of plans mentioned, including one from Eart…

Social Media Deals Report: Coming Next Week

I know I mentioned a few days ago about launching the Social Media Deals Report this week, but daily work took precedence. We’ll have it rea…

Opera Mini 2.0 Aims To Simplify Mobile Commerce

Opera has released Opera Mini 2.0, which allows downloads of files and removes a step from the process of buying mobile content. When a cont…

Microsoft Shows Off Mobile Phone-PC Prototype

Microsoft has demo’d a PC constructed from a mobile phone, a TV and a keyboard, intended to provide cheap computers for developing nations.…

Google Offers Live Traffic Maps On Cell Phones

Google has integrated a live traffic feed into its Google Maps for Mobiles application. The service allows you to choose a destination and h…

Microsofts Mobile IM Disconnect

The Register is commenting on a study by Microsoft showing that the majority of people use instant messaging at work, on consumer platforms…

Testing Mobile Content On Kids

This is a pretty good idea — Mobilitec are testing the experience of buying mobile content with kids from around the world, on the basis th…

Note To PR People About Calling & Attachments

Note to PR people: when you send us a release or info by e-mail, we have it. If we don’t use it, then we won’t use it. Calling up and follow…

30K SMS Sent Through Skype Every Day

Small figure, but interesting to note: Skype has opened up for users to be able to sent SMS to mobile phone (or is it vice versa?)…from eB…

Content Delivery Platforms And Billing

ABI Research has issued a report on off-portal content sales and the need for a specialized content delivery platform…”As content grew mor…

Blackberry To Increase Media Features

So says the company’s co-CEO: Media features and lifestyle applications will be key to the ability of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry to cap…

SmartVideo Gets $9M Private Placement

SmartVideo Technologies has completed a securities purchase agreement to issue and deliver 7,200,000 shares of common stock (at $2.50 a pop)…

Live Anywhere

Chris Early, Studio Manager, Microsoft Casual Games Group, did the Day 2 Keynote at the Mobile Games Conference with a “concept build” of Mi…

Discovery’s Hopes With Mobiles

A story about Discovery Communications’ efforts with mobile content…it is ramping up its mobile video offerings in U.S. Discovery Mobile,…

Our Advertisers M&A

One of our regular advertisers is buying another of our advertisers…both in mobile content space, of course. Kinda cool, if you think abou…

Mobile Advertising In U.S.

Also, another teaser: a major media company in U.S. is doing something about mobile advertising next week…news Monday.

Courting a Hot Market With Cool Phone Service

(reg required) Ah yes, everyone is courting the youth market…NYT has some good Vox Pops (“A cellphone to me is like a new toy,” he said.…

New Jobs in Mobile Content

Some good news jobs, and one from down under:
–Australian Public Media/Telecom Company: Chief Technology Manager, Brisbane, AU
–Mobile Med…

Colleges Go Cellular To Contact Students

Some colleges are ditching landlines in dormitories in favor of mandatory cellphones in a bid to keep in contact with their students, and to…

Carrier Content Execs’ Revolving Door?

So it is not just me thinking on those lines: Sue Marek from Wireless Week writes an editorial echoing the same thoughts: “Is it just me or…

MTV Relaunched D2C Site’s Sales Quadruple

So says this story, quoting Greg Clayman, MTV Network’s VP of wireless strategy and operations at a recent conference. The company quietly r…

Kargo Launches FeverMobile.com

Mobile content distributor Kargo has launched a website to sell content in the US, initially with Cingular and T-Mobile but with plans to ex…

Virgin Mobile USA CEO: Still Room to Grow

An interview with Virgin Mobile USA CEO Dan Schulman, about his company’s growth, and the potential still lying uptapped. “There’s quite a b…

Pre or Post – the Battle Continues

Virgin Mobile is prepaid, Helio is postpaid, and Amp’d has both options…which is better for the MVNO market? That depends on the target au…

Good New Jobs in Mobile Content

–2B Wireless Seeks Outstanding Chief Marketing Officer (Boulder, CO)
–InfoSpace: Product Manager, Mobile Media Catalog – Los Angeles, CA
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Amp’d Gets Another Distribution Channel

One of Amp’d’s biggest problems has been finding places to sell its phones — starting off only selling from its website was a practical gua…

Extension For .Mobi Sunrise

Internet statistics provider Ipwalk has said the trademark sunrise period for .mobi will be extended for a month, due to a “a general awaren…

Yahoo Ready Launched

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Ready under the Yahoo Go brand name… it has mobile versions of Yahoo IM, Yahoo Contacts Backup and (soon) Yahoo E…

InfoSpace’s Mobile Plans

Not that they need repeating to any of our regular readers, but Seattle Times has a long story about InfoSpace continued transition into a m…

Peppercoin CEO Mark Friedman On Small Payments

Peppercoin has moved from micropayments to small payments, because its strategy of having people sign up for a Peppercoin account didn’t wor…

Top Six Headlines For The Week

— Content For Dummies (In Defense Of Walled Gardens)
— Women Dominate Mobile Gaming, Says Another Study
— 2 Million Mobile TV US Subscrib…

Moviso (Re)Launched

So Infospace has officially relaunched Moviso as a D2C brand… It’s got a fair whack of content from deals with owners such as EMI, as well…

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Putting The Mobile Music Pieces In Place

This is a very good, in-depth look at the state of the global mobile music marketplace. Digital music generated $1.1 billion in 2005, with 4…

Our NYC Mixer: Went Very Well

Our blowout NYC mixer went really well…thanks to everyone who showed up. And sorry for the long lines to get in….the building/rooms stru…

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InfoSpace Launches Off Deck Site Moviso

A we have written in ome detail prior, InfoSpace has quietly launches its off-deck portal Moviso…Shawn Conahan has the lowdown and a quick…

W3C Releases Mobile Web Page Guidelines

The W3C has released its Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 document. Pay attention — you’ll need to conform to these should you wish to get a .…

See You All At Our NYC Mixer Tonight

Well, it wasn’t meant to coincide with our funding, but just it ended up being back to back days…after all the e-mail and phone call crazi…

CBS Broadens Mobile Video Push

CBS has signed a deal with weather-information provider WeatherNews to deliver local news, weather and sports content from 10 of its owned-a…

Good New Jobs in Mobile Content

— CBS: Director Mobile Content Store (Job #1411)
— CBS: Wireless Sports Content Producer (Job #1519)
— CBS: Project Manager Mobile Games…

ContentNext NYC Mixer: Registration Closed

This is incredible…I knew NYC was our big readership city, but didn’t realize it would fill up so fast. We opened the registration to our…

New Jobs in Mobile Content

— Muze: VP of Sales & Business Development, Mobile Markets, NYC
–Groove Mobile: Product Manager, Mobile Music, Greater Boston Area, MA

.Mobi Sunrise Sees Big Demand

According to internet statistics provider IPWalk the .mobi sunrise period — for general trademark holders rather than the mobile trademark…

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Mobile Operators Forget Parents At Their Peril

Mobile operators and content companies are keen to get the youth using their services for obvious reasons…they have a strong desire for mo…

Mobile Linux Alliance Formed

Motorola, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone have announced plans for develop a common mobil…

Our LA Mixer Tonight: Went Very Well

Our LA mixer at the W this evening went really well…I’m usually very hard on myself and never fully satisfied about these things, but I th…

Amp’d Gets Best Buy Retail Agreement

Amp’d Mobile has signed a retail deal (I think its first) to sell its services through Best Buy. “Beginning this summer, Best Buy stores nat…

Top Headlines For Today

–Monstermob Founder-CEO Gets Sack For “Poor Performance”
–Index Multimedia Fires CEO & COO; Appoints New Head
–Zingy’s New $3 Million Ad…

See Y’All Today @ ContentNext LA Mixer

This evening..yep. We’re all set for our ContentNext LA Mixer…for all those who registered, and got the reminder e-mail…check your mail…

Marketers’ Perspective on Dot Mobi

You know what we feel about dot mobi…”blase” would describe my attitude towards it. AdAge speaks to the marketers and brand companies: “I…

Top Headlines For Today

–Disney Soft-Launches Mobile Phone Service, Online
–TOM Online Acquire Chinese Mobile Entertainment Firm Infomax For $75 Million
–Industr…

Note: I’ve Moved

This is just to let people know that I’ve moved house, so if you have an address for me it’s out of date. If you wish to send me something o…