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The Opportunity and Challenges of M2M

Operators are increasingly looking to machine-to-machine services to help offset a saturated handset market and data congestion on their networks. But the new world of M2M will require the emergence of new partnerships and business models.…

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WebKit Is Great, But Isn't the Great Unifier

WebKit has gained astounding traction in the world of the mobile web; the open-source layout engine is at the heart of all but two mobile browsers. But it won’t be the unifying force in mobile data that some wishful thinkers have envisioned.…

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What Happens When Data-friendly Phones Come to Prepaid?

The gap between AT&T and Verizon Wireless and the rest of the field is growing as budget-conscious users continue to eschew contracts in favor of bargain-basement prepaid services. The behemoths have made hardware the key differentiator, but how long will that strategy continue to work?…

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How iAd and the iPad Will Change Mobile Marketing

Apple’s iPad will be a revolutionary gadget, certain pundits have predicted, transforming everything from print media to environmentally friendly transportation to computing at large. But I’m beginning to think that Apple’s much-hyped new tablet may have more impact on mobile marketing than any other segment.…

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The Enormous Promise of Location

Location, one of the hottest segments in mobile, is a key component not just in navigation apps but also social offerings such as Foursquare, Google Buzz and even Twitter. There’s plenty of opportunity in mobile location. And there will be for quite some time.…

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Listen Up: Mobile Retail Isn't Just About Apps

Downloadable smartphone applications may be the hottest thing in mobile these days, but another segment is quietly generating money: selling physical goods to consumers over the mobile web. And it’s a potentially huge industry.…

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Why the FTC Should Approve the Google-AdMob Deal

The FTC says it will oppose Google's $750 million acquisition of AdMob, the mobile ad platform. While the agency is right to take a close look at the deal, the mobile ad market is far from sewn up, and blocking the acquisition would be short-sighted.…

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Why the iPad Is So Promising for Developers

Applications for the iPad will be more expensive than those on other mobile devices, and new data indicates a substantial number of mobile users are willing to pay for on-the-go applications. So the iPad presents a lucrative opportunity for developers who can fully leverage the device.…

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Vlingo Introduces Text-reading Function for Drivers

Vlingo this morning introduced a feature that reads messages for drivers, eliminating the need to take their hands off the wheel. It's the latest interesting offering from the startup, which is effectively competing in the speech-recognition space against giants like Google, Microsoft and Nuance.…

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