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  1. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  2. iPhone 5: Five Things To Expect At Tomorrow's Launch

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Apple will "talk iPhone" with the world Tuesday at an event at the company's Cupertino campus. The event is expected to unveil the next generation of iPhone - dubbed the iPhone 5 - and could include updates to previous incarnations ...

  3. MOG Now Available on Samsung TVs

    September 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Barely a week after unveiling an innovative new free usage tier , streaming music service MOG is now available on a range of Samsung-made smart TVs and Blu-ray players, expanding its interest into the living room. The service makes its way to thes ...

  4. Apple Settles With Nokia in Drawn-Out Patent Dispute

    June 14, 2011 4:52 PM EDT HELSINKI, Finland - Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current lic ...

  5. Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Customers -- Will This End the Outcry? Probably Not ...

    April 27, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Apple today directly addressed the controversy over its iPhone tracking practices for the first time, forcefully stating that it does not track its users as has been claimed. On its website, Apple explains that: "Apple is not tracking the loc ...

  6. Apple to Ship New iPhone in September: Sources

    April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the s ...

  7. Nokia Sues Apple Again Over Patents

    March 29, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Nokia is suing Apple in the United States for allegedly infringing patents in "virtually all" of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers, the Finnish company said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a string of la ...

  8. 7digital, RIM Team on BlackBerry PlayBook Music Store

    March 10, 2011 10:41 AM EST The upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer from Research In Motion (RIM) will include an embedded digital music store provided by 7digital, the two companies announced. The 7digital store lets users search, preview and buy and download MP3s ...

  9. Clear Channel Acquires Thumbplay's Mobile Music Service

    March 01, 2011 11:37 AM EST Clear Channel has emerged as the buyer for mobile music service Thumbplay, which we learned yesterday was up for sale . The sale, as expected, revolves around the Thumbplay Music on-demand streaming music service, which is available as a smartphon ...

  10. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  11. Malfunctioning iPhone Alarm Clock Brings Oversleeping to Asia and Europe

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Some iPhone users in Asia and Europe complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday. Bloggers, Facebook and Twitter users complaine ...

  12. RIM's Balsillie Responds To Barbs From Apple's Jobs

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie brushed off Steve Jobs' critique of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer, saying the Apple CEO's barbs made no sense outside of his company's "distortion field." Jobs on Mo ...

  13. Thumbplay Touts 500,000 Downloads, Reveals User Stats

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thumbplay Music revealed that its mobile music streaming app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since it was first released earlier this year. It originally came out on the Blackberry platform, and since expanded to Android and the iPhone ...

  14. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  15. RIM Unveils PlayBook Tablet To Compete With iPad

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a seven-inch (18 cm) touchscr ...

  16. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Ted Cohen Title: Managing Partner, TAG Strategic Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please vi ...

  17. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  18. Sharp Plans To Launch 3D Smartphone This Year

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sharp Corp plans to take on Apple's iPhone by the end of the year, with the international launch of a smartphone featuring a 3D panel that can be viewed without special glasses. The new phone will also likely have a 3D capable camera, the spo ...

  19. Business Matters: Android Vs. iPhone, Radiohead, DMCA Takedowns and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHO'S WINNING THE SMARTPHONE WARS -- Google’s Android operating system has 27% of recent smartphone owners and now accounts for 13% of all smartphones. In the last six months, however, Android has accounted for 33% of new smartphones. And Nie ...

  20. Apple's White iPhone 4 Delayed, In Latest Headache

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers will not be able to get their hands on Apple Inc's white iPhone 4 until later this year, the company said on Friday (July 23), conceding that making the model has proven surprisingly difficult. Apple, in a brief statement, said that ...

  21. RIM Says Apple Claims About BlackBerry Unacceptable

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be deliberately distorting the issues surrounding the iPhone 4's antenna design by asserting that Research In Motion's BlackBerry has similar reception problems, RIM said. "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into ...

  22. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

  23. Apple To Hold iPhone Press Conference Friday

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has called a surprise press conference for Friday (July 15) to talk about the iPhone 4, as the company continues to deal with fallout from reported reception problems on its popular smartphone. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the comp ...

  24. RIM Shares Drop As BlackBerry Shipments Disappoint

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research in Motion reported subscriber and shipment figures that disappointed investors and rekindled fears that the BlackBerry maker is losing market share to Apple Inc and other rivals. Shares of RIM tumbled more than 5% in June 24 after-hour tr ...

  25. Business Matters: Google Music Store, Don Henley, The Orchard, 'If I Can Dream' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GOOGLE MUSIC STORE COMING IN FALL? -- Google's music store could be on its way later this fall, CNET's Greg Sandoval reports. Citing multiple industry sources, Sandoval says the service could have both downloads and streaming music. &quo ...

  26. Top Clear Channel Talent Goes Mobile

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has begun offering commercial-free radio programming for four of its biggest personalities as part of its iheartradio mobile application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. The mobile apps for Sean Hannity, ...

  27. BMI Readies Mobile App

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. has launched a mobile version of its website for iPhone, Android, Palm, Symbian and the upcoming Blackberry 6.0 phones. It is also readying an app that will allow its members to access the organization's online services ...

  28. Thumbplay Teams With Cellular South

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT To reach true scale services need to partner directly with wireless operators and that’s what Thumbplay has done with its Thumbplay Music streaming service. The company has teamed up with Cellular South to bring the cloud to subscribers using Andr ...

  29. Nokia Broadens Legal Row With Apple To Include iPad

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia, the world's top handset maker, has broadened its patent fight with Apple Inc to include the iPad, deepening the bitter legal disputes between the two smartphone rivals. The firms turned to the courts in the last year as Nokia battles A ...

  30. Smartphone Shake-up: Hewlett-Packard Acquires Palm

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With all the focus on the iPhone, Android phones, BlackBerries, and whatever Microsoft is coming out with, it’s sometimes easy to forget about that other smartphone company—Palm. The struggling company today was acquired by computer giant Hewlett- ...

  31. Who's The King Of Smartphones?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, there are more smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system accessing the AdMob mobile advertising network in the U.S. than there are from the iPhone, according to the company’s March data . Here’s the data: Android p ...

  32. Billboard Launches Music App Awards

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attention application developers: Billboard is unveiling the first ever Music App Awards, designed to reward the most innovative music-focused apps created for smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android and Nokia devices. Submissions ...

  33. List Of Possible Palm Suitors Grows

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Palm Inc may be scooped up by an Asian company with enough cash and manufacturing muscle to turn around the struggling smartphone maker, but analysts warn a deal could prove too rich for any buyer at current prices. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd beca ...

  34. Smartphone Maker Palm Seeking Buyer: Report

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Smartphone maker Palm Inc is looking to sell itself and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, Bloomberg said, citing three people familiar with the situation. Palm, which makes the Pre and Pixi phones and develops WebOS phone soft ...

  35. Survey: Consumers Will Pay For Apps

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey from mobile app distributor Mplayit suggest mobile users are willing to pay for content. The company, which operates a mobile app store on Facebook, says 35% of users say they are interested in paid apps, regardless of which device they o ...

  36. @SXSW: What Your Biz Can Learn From Pandora

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel: 'How Pandora Navigated the Smartphone Seas' Participants: Tom Conrad, CTO at Pandora; Mark Phillip, Are You Watching This?! Competitors and aspiring startups can look to Internet radio station Pandora to see how a company redefine ...

  37. Nokia, Apple Seek Patent Trial In 2 Years

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nokia and Apple will seek a U.S. court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle. Handset leader Nokia sued iPhone maker Apple last October, accusing the U.S. firm of using ...

  38. Apple Sues HTC Over Phones With Google Software

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc sued Taiwan's HTC Corp, which makes touchscreen smartphones using Google software, accusing it of infringing 20 hardware and software patents related to the iPhone. Even though the suit did not name Google Inc as a defendant, Apple& ...

  39. Thumbplay Opens Streaming Music Trial to Public

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile music service Thumbplay will open the beta phase of its new Thumbplay Music service to the public on Thursday. Thumbplay Music is a streaming mobile music service that, for $10 a month, allows users to stream any song in its catalog on-dema ...

  40. Handset Market Rebounding In 2010: Report

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cellphone market will rebound more strongly strongly than expected this year as improving economies boost spending on new gadgets and handset vendors push cheap smartphones, according to research firm Gartner. The market fell 1% in 2009, the f ...

  41. Mobile World Congress: Smartphones A Problem For Networks

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, the world's largest mobile network operator, expressed the fears of many when he said Google Inc should not be allowed to dominate the mobile space. Vittorio Colao, speaking ahead of a keynote speech ...

  42. Mobile World Congress: RIM Warns Of Bandwidth Crisis

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taking aim at rivals like Apple Inc, BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion Ltd said on Tuesday (Feb. 16) that smartphone manufacturers must start developing less bandwidth-guzzling products or risk choking already congested airwaves. As users abando ...

  43. Mobile World Congress: Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 7

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft unveiled its new mobile phone operating software at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, introducing a range of music, gaming and networking features aimed at expanding its appeal beyond its core business customers. The world's b ...

  44. iPhone's Market Share Slips Amid Smartphone Boom

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The number of iPhone sales in the fourth quarter of last year increased over the previous quarter, but Apple still lost ground in overall market share thanks to increased smartphone penetration. According to ABI Research, via the Wall Street Journ ...

  45. Smartphone Competition To Bite After Q4 Boom

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Booming demand for new, cheaper smartphones helped fuel a recovery in the overall handset market late last year, but rivalry for a piece of this lucrative business will turn fierce in 2010 as many new vendors enter the market. "The smartphone ...

  46. Nokia Beats Forecasts

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Top mobile phone maker Nokia's fourth-quarter sales and profits beat expectations as it regained market share in smartphones, sending its stock price 14% higher. The strong results cap an otherwise tough year for Nokia and the cellphone indus ...

  47. Android Turns Up The Music

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST From the minute it was introduced, Apple's iPhone was destined to be a mobile music powerhouse given the device's dual-role as an iPod. Competing smartphones have struggled to make that same mobile music connection, despite having many o ...

  48. Nokia Files New Patent Suit Against Apple

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The world's top mobile phone maker, Nokia, has launched another court case against Apple for alleged patent violations, in an increasingly fierce legal battle between two leaders of the smartphone market. Nokia filed the case at a Delaware co ...

  49. Sony Taps Azuki For Mobile Push

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has selected Azuki Systems to create mobile versions of select Web sites. The first to be optimized for mobile viewing will be Michael Jackson's official site. The mobile version of Jackson's site includes news, ...

  50. Apple Tops Phone Chart As Nokia, Samsung Step Up

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's two largest cellphone makers, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, have unveiled their latest rivals to the iPhone as Apple became the top profit generator in the handset industry. Apple Inc overtook Nokia in the September quarter as th ...

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