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Mobile Internet Growth Tied To Facebook, Twitter

Social networks and companies with links to the mobile Internet may represent a perfect match.  The results of a survey from CCS Insight indicate that social networks are a significant factor in increased mobile Internet usage.

One important note: since the CCS Insight survey reached more than 1,000 UK residents between the ages of 16 and 35, its findings aren’t too likely to represent a statistical fluke.

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Amazon Launches New Wireless Store

Amazon has launched a new site catering specifically to cell phones and their service plans. The online store located at lets users shop for phones by model, service, color, etc. 

You may be able to shop by carrier at AmazonWireless, but that only includes AT&T and Verizon. On top of that, they don’t even carry the iPhone, which is available through AT&T. Here is a look at the site’s bestselling phones:

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Google Product Search For Mobile Goes To More Devices

People who like to shop from the comfort (or at least convenience) of their cell phones are in luck; Google Product Search for mobile now supports all devices with mobile connections in four different countries.  Plus, people with more advanced phones are getting access to Google Suggest.

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Facebook App for iPhone 3.0 98% Done

iPhone 3.0 users waiting for an updated Facebook app apparently won’t have to wait too much longer. Its developer Joe Hewitt posted a Facebook note outlining the update’s new features, and saying that it is 98% done.

Here’s a screenshot of the note, listing the features:

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Google Makes Language-Based Product Announcements

Today Google made a couple of announcements involving the expansion of offerings into more languages. They’ve announced that the new optimized SERP pages for iPhones, Android devices, and feature phones are now available in over 60 countries and 38 languages. In addition, the company has announced an advanced translation feature in the newest release of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

The Mobile SERPs

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Mobile Marketing Will Likely Become Unavoidable

A recent study showed that spending for mobile advertising was expected to reach over $760 million in 2009. That’s about 20% more than last year. Do you dedicate any portion of your budget to mobile marketing? Let WebProNews readers know.

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The Collaborators of the Global Mobile Industry

Today the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) announced new members of its global board of directors and officers. If you are unfamiliar with the MMA, it is an organization that is made up of agencies, advertisers, hand-held device manufacturers, carriers and operators, retailers, software providers and service providers, and other companies focused on the marketing with mobile devices.

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Google SMS Launches

Google’s Android represented a big step in the mobile market; it’s meant to run on the newest devices and keep up with the best competing operating systems.  Yet $400 smartphones aren’t really all that affordable, and so for people in Africa, Google SMS has been introduced.

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YouTube Sees Massive Increase In Mobile Video

Youtube wide YouTube is reporting that in the last six month uploads from mobile phones have jump 1700%; and since the iPhone 3GS with video came out last Friday uploads have increased by 400% every day.

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Opera Reports on Mobile Search Usage

Opera released its newest State of the Mobile Web report, which includes a spotlight on search engine usage on the mobile web.

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Close To Half Of Americans Would Drop Mobile Plans

Faced with the need to cutback on household expenses, forty-eight percent of Americans would drop their mobile data plan completely, while only 10 percent would cancel their home broadband subscription, according to new research by Strategy Analytics.

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What’s Your Favorite iPhone App?

While the Apple App Store has grown to contain over 50,000 apps in less than a year, the most popular apps are generating the majority of usage by consumers. AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report for May (pdf), which examines the distribution of consumer usage of iPhone applications.

Highlights from the May 2009 AdMob Mobile Metrics Report:

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Google Announces AdSense For Mobile Applications Beta

In many ways, Google is the company that AdSense built.  It makes sense for Google to extend the advertising solution into new markets, then, and the company’s doing exactly that with its fresh AdSense for Mobile Applications beta.

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Salesforce Launches Mobile App Update for iPhone 3.0 OS

Salesforce announced today that its CRM mobile application has been updated to take advantage of the new iPhone 3.0 OS software. The 3.0 OS  update became available today (and has sparked quite a bit of conversation).

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iPhone: Fun Facts and Apps of the Day

As you are probably aware, Apple announced last week that the iPhone 3G S would go on sale this Friday. Phone recycler Gazelle tells WebProNews that 300 iPhones were traded into its site that day alone.

Saving Money on the iPhone Upgrade

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Google Maps Gets Some Improvements on Android

Today, Google announced the addition of search-by-voice and transit directions to Google Maps on Android devices. In addition, some improvements have been made to Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android.

Searching By Voice

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Prepaid Wireless Services Gaining Online Interest

Online visits and search referral activity to six leading prepaid wireless sites increased 37 percent over the previous year, according to a new report from comScore.

Growth in prepaid wireless was driven primarily by MyCricket (up 107%) and BoostMobile (up 105%), both of which more than doubled in visitation over the prior year. MetroPCS and Net10 also saw solid gains, growing 63 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

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iGoogle For Android And iPhone Leaps Ahead

Accessing the Internet from a mobile device can be a frustrating experience; small screens, slow speeds, and "streamlined" (meaning stripped) interfaces often make people feel like they’re missing out.  But a certain Mountain View-based search giant is trying to fix all that with a new, beta version of iGoogle.

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Local Content Popular With Mobile Users

The number of people looking for local information on a mobile device grew 51 percent from March 2008 to March 2009, according to comScore.

The mobile browser is the most popular access method for finding local information, with 20.7 million users in March 2009, up 34 percent over a year ago. The strongest growth in the category is coming from downloaded applications, which grew 83 percent compared to a year ago, followed by SMS at 72 percent.

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Facebook Moves Further Into Twitter Territory

Facebook is now offering its users the ability to receive their friends’ status updates via text message on their phones. If you click on the "subscribe via SMS" link below your friends’ profile pics, you get their latest updates this way.

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iPhone 3G S Coming: Businesses Pay Attention

AT&T announced today that it will begin offering the Apple iPhone 3G S on June 19th. People will be able to preorder them starting today at 5pm ET.

"iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, and we’re extremely proud to offer it to our customers on the nation’s fastest 3G network," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We’re also pleased to offer these innovative phones and plans at incredible values, including free Wi-Fi access at nearly 20,000 hot spots." Pricing is as follows:

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Orkut on the Go Just Got Easier

When I recently rambled on about integration being the key to Google as a social network, I talked about a lot of the social things Google has been doing. I failed to bring up the company’s social network Orkut, however.

Last year, Google released a mobile site for Orkut, and now they have released an Orkut Mobile App, which is available for most Java-enabled devices. Features of this app include:

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Intel Invests $884 Million in Mobile

Intel has announced today that it is acquiring software-maker Wind River Systems for $884 million. Wind River makes embedded devices.

Embedded systems and mobile devices include smart phones, mobile Internet devices, other consumer electronics (CE) devices, in-car "info-tainment" systems and other automotive areas, networking equipment, aerospace and defense, energy and thousands of other devices.

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Finding Opportunity In Mobile Paid Search!

In the session "Time To Think Seriously About Mobile Paid Search?," the speakers focused on mobile paid search opportunities and strategies for search marketers.

Coverage of SMX Advanced continues at WebProNews Videos. Stay with WebProNews for more updates and videos from the event this week.

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Easier Than Ever to Video Tweet

Why tweet in 140 characters or less when you can Tweet in full color video all day long? So query the video sharing sites like and which allow users to share video updates through their favorite microblog site—Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, friendfeed, et. al., ad nauseum. Whether you want to use your webcam or your mobile device, sharing video is only a couple of logins and a wee bit of hassle away.

A bit too much hassle, apparently, for some.

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Comparing Smartphone Market Share by Operating System

AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics report for April, which compares market share of smartphones by operating system to market share of mobile web and application usage. The report also compares smartphone browsing of mobile web sites to smartphone browsing of HTML sites.

The firm determined that smartphones accounted for nearly 3 times more usage than their relative market share. With regards to usage of mobile sites and HTML sites on mobile devices, AdMob found relative usage of both to be highest on Apple and Android devices. 

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Financial Forecasts For Mobile Music

Despite the global recession, revenues from streamed mobile music services and full-track downloads are expected to exhibit strong growth over the next 5 years, according to a new report froCell - Marleym Juniper Research.

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Mobile App Offers ‘Glympse’ Of Where You Are

A company called Glympse, Inc. launched a mobile phone app allowing users to share their location and provide a GPS-tracking map to a select group of people for a certain period of time.

For example, when Godot is running he late, he could send word and interactive Google Map application showing where he is, how fast he’s traveling, and what time he expects to arrive. Those waiting for Godot could know he’ll be there in about 10 minutes and they should just get started without him.

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Gmail for Mobile Getting New Features

About a month ago, Google announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Anrdroid devices. Now, they have introduced "the Iterative Web App," an initiative, in which they will release features for this new version periodically.

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Good Mobile Marketing Isn’t an Advertisement

WebProNews recently conducted an interview with Mike Wehrs, President and CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association. This is an organization that "provides an industry forum to meet, discuss, plan and work cooperatively to resolve key industry issues." Wehrs talks with Abby Johnson the growth in mobile marketing, and its benefits. Do you utilize mobile marketing? Tell us a little bit about your strategies.

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Mobile Advertising Booming in Britain

Despite being a nascent industry in tough economic times, mobile advertising in the UK is growing at a faster rate than previously expected.

The IAB and PricewaterhouseCoopers research demonstrates that mobile advertising has experienced an impressive and steady growth in the UK in an overall declining market. In 2008, as more brands trialed and embraced the medium, spending increased by a whopping 99.2% to $44 million. 

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New Android App Navigates You Through the Universe

Google Unleashed the Sky Map for Android today at the company’s Searchology event. This is an application that is available for download at the Android Market, and will let you find planets and constellations in the sky.

What will they think of next?

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Mobile Internet Has Grown by 74% in 2 Years

Research from Nielsen shows that the global mobile Internet market grew 74% between February 2007 and February 2009. This is largely due to the expansion of smartphones and the availability of unlimited data packages.

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Features of the New Version of Android

Google is in the process of releasing an upgrade to its Android mobile platform in version 1.5. Google is emphasizing the ability to upload YouTube videos right from your mobile phone.

Naturally, this makes it simple to record a video and upload it instantly. "What’s more, YouTube gives me full control of my privacy, so I can decide if I want to make my videos available to the entire Web or just a subset of invited friends," says Android Team Product Marketing Manager Jonathan Matus.

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PayPal Introduces App for Google Android Phones

PayPal has introduced an app for Google’s Android today. The app gives PayPal users easy access to their accounts from Android Phones.

A post at the PayPal Blog lays out the features:

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Twitter Expands SMS Tweeting in Canada

Canadian Twitterers using Rogers or Fido can now update to the service and receive updates using SMS. Tweets are treated as standard messages by these services, so there are no extra charges according to Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

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Mobile Advertising To Increase 36% In

The U.S. market for mobile advertising will grow 36 percent, increasing from $169 million in 2008 to $229 million in 2009, according to a new forecast by Interpublic’s Magna.

The prevalence of mobile subscriptions (more than 270 million at the end of 2008 according to the CTIA) and mobile users (more than 224 million individuals, according to Nielsen) has been the main driver.  Although the vast majority of these individuals use their phone for voice services, an increasing number have adopted the use of text messaging

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Predictions Made About Social Media Growth

Forrester Research is holding its own conference down in Orlando and has just revealed its predictions for the growth of online advertising. The bottom line is that social media and mobile will be the hottest, but just about everything will see an upward trend.

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Google Shows Off 2 New Toolbar Labs

Google has introduced two new Google Toolbar Labs features. There is one with "My Location," and a simplified Chinese Toolbar.

"One of the best things about working on the Google Toolbar team is that when someone says ‘Wouldn’t it be great if Toolbar could…,’ our answer is usually ‘Yes! Let’s build it!"’ And then it’s just a question of when," the Toolbar Product Team says.

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Report Looks at Ad Requests for iPhone vs Android

Mobile advertising platform AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report looking at statistics for the month of March. It highlights some interesting trends in smartphone applications.

AdMob serves ads for over 6,000 web sites and 1,000 apps and stores and analyzes the data from each ad request, impression, and click. The report is intended to provide insight into trends in the mobile ecosystem.

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Wikimedia Enters Partnership With Orange

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia, is partnering with European mobile provider Orange. The partnership will see Orange devices carrying co-branded content for customers in France, the UK, Spain, and Poland.

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Google Announces Mobile Product Search Results

Today Google announced Google Product Search for Mobile. Android and iPhone users will now be able to type a product query into and get Google Product Search Results formatted for their phones.

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Surveying The Mobile Landscape

In the ad:tech  MobileMix keynote session "Surveying the Mobile Landscape in 2009," Mike Wehrs, president and CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association, offered his views on the mobile industry.

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Microsoft Throwing Another Log Onto the Brand Fire

Here we go again with the whirlwind of search engine brands from Microsoft. Joseph Tartakoff with is reporting that Microsoft has trademarked what appears to be a new brand name of an upcoming mobile search engine. And that name is "Sift." He writes:

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Google’s Android Going to Set-Top Boxes

Google is expecting a good year for Android, and it’s got plans for the mobile operating system. The company is planning "significant" products and partnerships.

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Google Launches Mobile Blogging Capabilities for Blogger

Google has updated the Blogger dashboard to simplify setting up email and mobile posting for Blogspot blogs. It now supports SMS, MMS, and email posting. The idea is that you can easily post updates to your blog easily while you are on the go.

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New Engine Revs Up Gmail Mobile

Google has updated its Gmail for mobile product running on iPhone/iPod Touch OS 2.2.1 and Android phones. Gmail’s new “engine” offers faster email, navigating and searching, as well as some new functionality.

Google says the improvements were made possible by “aggressive caching" and leveraging new technologies like HTML5 and Gears.

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Yahoo Mobile Launches Out Of Beta

Yahoo! Mobile

It’s a more personalized "mobile starting point to the Internet," available on the mobile Web and as an Apple iPhone app.

Yahoo Mobile has been released out of beta, following its introduction at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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Skype for iPhone Officially Available

Update: Skype says:

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Social Networking Continues To Drive Mobile Search

Social networking remains the number one area of interest to mobile Internet users with Facebook and My Space being the top two search terms on both Google and Yahoo OneSearch, according to a report from mobile software and infrastructure provider Openwave Systems.

In terms of average hits per session, MySpace leads Facebook by nearly 46 percent, indicating that MySpace could become the preferred choice for mobile communications for a segment of the operator base and displace some popular email offerings.

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Tips for Getting Serious About Mobile Marketing

Cindy KrumThe Mobile Marketing Strategies session at Search Engine Strategies New York focused on mobile SEO, while also touching on driving traffic and conversions with mobile applications, text messaging and mobile email.

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Mobile Music Users Open To Ads For Free Songs

More than free-fourths of U.S. consumers have a positive experience downloading and listening to songs on their mobile phone, and almost a third are willing to accept advertising on their mobile phones in exchange for free music downloads, according to a survey from KPMG and the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF).

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Smartphone Usage Continues to Grow Despite Economy

Mobile advertising marketplace AdMob has released its Mobile Metrics Report looking at statistics for the month of February. It highlights some interesting trends in Smartphone Market Share.

Even in the current economic climate, smartphones managed to continue to gain significant market share on a global scale over the past six months. This market share rose from 26% to 33% in February.

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Google Docs List View Not Just for Mobile Anymore

Google Docs users may recall last month when Google improved the mobile version by adding list view for spreadsheets, which allows you to view, edit, sort, and filter them. Before that you could only view them.

Google has now made the same list view available for working on spreadsheets from desktop and notebook computers. It can be found in the View menu.

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Flagship Phones Boosting Sales On Carrier Web Sites

comScore has released data from its monthly wireless ecommerce dashboard, which tracks consumer shopping and purchasing behavior, including handsets and mobile data plans, at all of the major wireless carrier sites.

In terms of overall dollar sales on the carriers’ Web sites, the flagship phones being sold were significant revenue generators. Three of the four flagship phones (Apple iPhone, HTC G1, and Blackberry Storm) ranked as the top revenue driver on their respective sites, even though they ranked just inside the top ten models in terms of unit volume.

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Mobilizing the Wiki

PBwiki announced the release of its mobile edition today. This is the first of its kind to be released for smartphones.

For those unfamiliar with PBwiki whose CEO Jim Groff formerly worked for Oracle and Apple, it is a commercial wiki site said to be named after the concept that making a wiki should be as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.

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Users See Gap Between Mobile Devices And Computers

Most mobile users still feel there is a gap between their computers and their mobile devices, according to data published by Skype from a Zobgy survey.

The gap correlates with the finding that the majority of mobile users do not yet download applications to their mobile devices. The same group says they want to be able to choose mobile applications for themselves, and not have their carriers decide what applications they can use. The survey found that people will pay more for a device that will allow them to control applications.

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Android Phones to Get Live Folders App

Google Android phones are about to get a new feature called Live Folders. This will come with Android’s "cupcake" update according to Better Android.

Basically the folders accommodate real-time live updates. The following video showcases an example of what Live Folders can do with Digg:

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Google Changes Mobile Image Results Pages

Google has launched new image results pages for Android, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices in the US, the UK, and Japan. With the new results, users can scan up to 20 images on a single results pageand get details for images of interest.

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Consumer Spending On Mobile And Broadband To Decrease

U.S. consumer spending on broadband, mobile services and subscription TV will remain the same for most people, but 15 percent are expected to cut back, according to a new survey by In-Stat.

The company estimates that consumer spending across these three segments could see an almost $5 billion decrease during the next 12 months. Despite this, In-Stat’s survey reveals that broadband service is among the most vital parts of consumers’ lives. Over 66 million consumers across demographic categories are using the Internet while they watch TV.

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Yahoo Launches Mobile Web Site For March Madness

Yahoo Sports has launched a mobile Web site dedicated to the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Visitors to the mobile tournament Web site will be able to track their brackets along with the progress of others in their group. Fans will have access to scores, news, schedules, pictures and commentary.

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Mobile Services To Drive Advertising Revenue In Emerging Markets

As market penetration rates for mobile services continue to increase in emerging markets, advertisers are expected to significantly increase their spending on third-screen ad campaigns targeted towards users of mobile data services, according to a new report by Pyramid Research.

The report examined mobile advertising and revenue potential in the emerging markets of Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey.

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Mobile Local Search Advertising to Reach $1.3 Billion?

Shortcovers on iPhoneThe number of people using mobile devices to get content is on the way up.

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Google Pulls Copy-Protected Apps from Unlocked G1 Phones

In a Google support forum for the Android market, a user asked, "Does anyone know why Shazam and Calorie Counter are no longer available in the Android Market?"

"If you’re using an unlocked, developer phone, you’ll be unable to view any copy-protected application, including Shazam and Calorie Counter. This is a change that was made recently," responded Google Employee Ash.

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Shortcovers Could Challenge Amazon’s Kindle

You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon that people just started receiving this week. This isn’t the only news in electronic reading materials though. What if you could just get books delivered to your phone? That doesn’t sound too bad, and it’s exactly what Canadian Indigo Books & Music, Inc. is doing with its well-timed release of Shortcovers, which launched today.

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Google Latitude Bug Looks Into Future

Barry Schwartz recently shared an interesting story about his brother-in-law showing up at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Google Latitude, although he was in Newwark Airport in New Jersey. The interesting part is that he was getting ready to go to the Florida airport.

Google Latitude is a feature in Google Maps for mobile and iGoogle that allows you to share your location with your family and friends in real time.

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MapQuest Adds New Feature To Its Mobile Service

AOL’s MapQuest has added a new feature to its MapQuest 4 Mobile, called My Places.

My Places allows MapQuest users to save maps and routes to their profile from the MapQuest site and access them on or their mobile phone. MapQuest 4 Mobile is a free downloadable application.

My Places allows users to set up an account on the MapQuest site and view their saved locations using MapQuest 4 Mobile. Users can view their saved locations either on their mobile or their PC.

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Mobile Search Usage Sees Increase

The majority (70%) of mobile phone owners, with data services accessed information via mobile search engines last year,representing a 14 percent increase over 2007, according to ABI Research.

The use of mobile data services, including search, has steadily increased year over year. The increase in mobile search usage is nearly double the increase in users who said they accessed mobile Web sites generally.

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Google Mobile App Now Available On Windows Mobile

Google has introduced its Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile smartphone users.

The app is currently available on a number of mobile platforms including the iPhone, BlackBerry and iPod Touch.

Google says its mobile app will allow users to conduct faster searches on their Windows Mobile device.

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Skype Making Mobile Deals

Nokia and eBay-owned VoIP service Skype announced a deal today. Skype will be integrated into Nokia devices, starting with the N97 series.

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MySpace Launches Mobile Redesign

MySpace has announced the launch of a new, more integrated and optimized mobile Website along with its commitment to develop new applications for the Nokia and Palm platforms.

MySpace Mobile

MySpace says it is now the only social network with applications supported on all smartphone platforms including the iPhone, Google Android, Sidekick, Nokia, Palm and BlackBerry.

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Yahoo Rolls Out New Mobile Service

Yahoo has announced the launch of its upcoming Yahoo Mobile service, which will offer users a more personalized mobile experience.

Yahoo says it service will be available on the mobile Web as an app for the iPhone, and as an app for smartphones from Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and those using Windows Mobile. Yahoo Mobile initially will be available through a managed beta program, with a full launch planned for late March.

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Social Networking Drives Mobile Investment

Three-quarters of mobile operators say they plan to invest in mobile social networking and mobile applications over the next 12 months, according to a study from Direct2Mobile conducted on behalf of Airwide Solutions.

Mobile broadband is not far behind with 65 percent of operators expecting to make investments over the next 12 months, followed by location-based services, IM based services and the mobile Internet.

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Mobile Internet Set For Major Growth

Consumers plan to significantly increase their use of mobile data services over the next two years, according to a major survey of European and U.S. mobile users conducted by Nielsen.

The Tellabs-commissioned survey, conducted during the economic downturn, found the majority (71%) of consumers anticipate daily use of services such as the mobile Internet.

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The Online Video Picture in Germany

comScore today provided some interesting insight into online video use in Germany. Among their findings was that the country had 28 million online video viewers watching over 3 billion videos in December.

Google sites completely dominated the market share at 51%. 1.7 billion videos were viewed on YouTube alone over the month. Here’s a look at where other web properties ranked:

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Google Makes Mobile Spreadsheets More Accessible

Today Google announced an improvement to the mobile version of Google Docs. That is list view for spreadsheets, which allows you to view, edit, sort, and filter your spreadsheets from your mobile device.

Previously, you could only view your spreadsheets on mobile devices. Now, they basically have full functionality.

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The Next Two Years Belong To Facebook, According To MySpace Founder

It appears that even the co-founder of MySpace is placing his money on Facebook to win the social networking wars–if only for the next couple of years.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Brett Brewer co-founder of MySpace who sold the social site to News Corp, said:

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Keep Track of Your Tracks with This Google Android App

Google is showcasing a new application for Android today that keeps track of you traveling path or "tracks." It’s called My Tracks, and it lets you record GPS tracks and view live statistics such as time, speed, distance, and elevation – while hiking, biking, running or participating in other outdoor activities. You can then share this info with friends.

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Google Introduces AdSense for Mobile Search

Today Google announced AdSense for mobile search, not to be confused with AdSense for mobile content, which the company released back in 2007. AdSense for mobile search is a way for mobile network operators and mobile website owners to embed a Google search box on their mobile portals and web sites.

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Alleviating Google Latitude Privacy Concerns

Google’s recently announced Latitude service has sparked a bit of concern among privacy advocates and the generally paranoid. I spoke with a Google Spokesperson about this.

Google Latitude is a feature in Google Maps for mobile and iGoogle that allows you to share your location with your family and friends in real time.

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Google Gets in Sync

Google introduced a beta version of Google Sync today. This allows Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (with Google’s own Android, all the data is automatically synced).

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Real-Time Mobile Video Headed Toward Mainstream

An interesting report has been released today indicating that US mobile operators and equipment vendors support the drive toward real-time video, projected to become more mainstream in the US market over the coming years. The report is based on a poll from consulting firm Ovum of top US mobile operators, smaller/regional wireless carriers and mobile application developers.

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Google Optimizes Book Search for Mobile

Google Mobile Book SearchGoogle has launched a long overdue mobile version of Book Search for the iPhone and Android. This includes access to over 1.5 million mobile public domain books.

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Search from Android By Speaking

Google is rolling out an update for the T-Mobile G1 in the US starting this week. With this update, users will be able to use their voices for searching. The feature will be integrated into the Android browser and the home screen search widget.

To use the voice search function:

1. On the home screen search widget, look for the microphone button next to the search box and search button (as pictured below).

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Bebo Opens Mobile

Bebo is working with operators, handset manufacturers, and mobile software developers to help them promote, distribute, and monetize mobile social media. This is through Bebo’s new Open Mobile program.

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Text Messaging Continues To Generate The Most Revenue For Mobile Operators

As mobile operators have seen the average revenue per user (ARPU) fall, they have looked to increase revenue with value added services; however the most profitable data service is still text messaging, according to In-Stat.

Inexpensive, reliable, and easy for mobile users to operate, Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Message Service (MMS) provide solid revenue streams for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

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Yahoo Mail Classic Gets Chatty

Yahoo announced that it now offers an SMS chat feature in its classic version of Yahoo Mail, something Gmail has been offering for several months, and Yahoo has been doing in its newer version since 2007.

Google has offered SMS in its chat since October, and Chat in general for quite some time. They have also launched voice and video chat recently.

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Mobile Internet Growth Driven By Social Networking

Social networking is attracting new users to the mobile Web in Europe. In November, 34 percent of mobile phone owners in Western Europe who visited social networking sites accessed social media exclusive of all other mobile Web content, according to comScore.

With 12.1 million users in Western Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.), mobile social networking is a rapidly expanding category that grew 152 percent from November 2007 to November 2008.

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iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped

Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.

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Securing The Presidential Blackberry

The Presidential Blackberry. Wouldn’t you love to get a glimpse of what’s on it? That’s precisely the problem, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin told WebProNews. While President Bush travels generally incommunicado–that is, unthinkably for most us, sans mobile phone–the President-Elect is in a very public argument for retention of his pre-election smart phone.

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GiiNii Movit Mini Aims to Make Cell Phone Contracts Obsolete

GiiNii introduced a pretty cool mobile device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the Movit Mini. It looks like a great way to access the mobile Internet and social networks as well as any number of applications one decides to put on it.

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Mobile Imaging Apps Set To Accelerate

U.S. consumers will spend more than $500 in 2013 for imaging applications on their mobile phones, according to research firm Parks Associates.

The market will expand beyond photo-sharing services to personalized content management and social networking applications.

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Privacy Groups Protest Mobile Advertising Practices

A lot of things have prevented mobile advertising from becoming widespread; think phone tech, consumers’ reactions, and advertisers’ reluctance, to name a few.  Now, it looks like the list has grown longer, as the Center for Digital Democracy and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group have sent the FTC a formal complaint.

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Verizon Taps Microsoft For Mobile Search

Verizon has tapped Microsoft to provide search services for its mobile phones.

Verizon Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said on Wednesday that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would formally announce the deal later today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Reuters reported.

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Google Makes Getting Directions to Businesses Easier

Google is now making it easier to find directions to businesses via Google Maps for Mobile. Now users can get directions by entering the name of the business in the start or end point fields. Google illustrates this with a Starbucks example on the Google Mobile Blog:

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Google Improves Android and iPhone SERPs

Google is now providing optimized search results for Android and the iPhone. Results pages on these devices are now designed to compliment the devices they are being viewed upon. You can view a few examples in screenshots here, or you can see the results in action on an iPhone in the following video:

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Google Releases My Maps Editor for Android

Google introduced today My Maps Editor for Android. It is a tool that allows you to created, edit, share, and view personalized maps on Android phones synched with the My Maps tab on Google Maps.

So what are some practical uses for this? Google Software Engineer Brian Cornell says: There are plenty of ways to put this to good use during the holiday season:

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Mobile Social Network Users To Become More Active

People using mobile social networks today are primarily checking messages, status updates and comments of friends instead of posting photos or comments themselves, according to a new study by ABI Research.

The study found that pattern is changing as more people have access to better mobile devices and social network applications that make it easier for uploading and communication.

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LinkedIn Gains A Google Veteran

While it certainly is not an exodus there have been some high profile Google executives leaving the Mountain View nest for other opportunities.

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Delicious Goes Mobile

DeliciousDelicious has launched a mobile version of the popular social bookmarking service, which can be found at Stephen Hood at the Delicous Blog writes:

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