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Android Marketplace sparks into life

The Android Marketplace for free apps will go live Monday and will find itself facing competition from other pay sites before too long. Everyone wanting to be taken seriously as a handset manufacturer is getting into the retail game these days. RIM announced an application store last week, to go live come March next year, and …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2008
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SSL covers security embarrassments with EV figleaf

Whitepaper SSL has become something of a default 'security' stamp online. So much of a 'default' in fact that Phishers and other scammers now adopt it as a means of validating their scam site. Extended Validation SSL hopes to overcome this problem through stricter application procedures and greater visibility. The adage ‘buyer beware’ …
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Verizon to charge for message termination

As Europe braces itself for mobile telephony without termination rates, Verizon is to start charging companies for delivering messages to its customers, while continuing to charge those customers for receiving them. Verizon has notified its OpenMarket partners, in a letter reproduced by RCR Wireless, that from 1 November they' …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2008
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Visa finds a home inside a Nokia

Visa and Nokia have signed a deal to embed Visa functionality in the NFC-touting Nokia 6212 Classic, enabling US owners to upload their Visa accounts onto the handset as well as transferring money between handsets over the wireless network. Visa and Nokia have worked together before, on NFC deployments and trials, but the 6212 …
Bill Ray, 7 Oct 2008
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Amazon plugs video leak flaw

Amazon has plugged a potentially revenue-draining flaw in its video streaming service by incorporating content encryption. Previously, elements of the service - powered by streaming media server technology from Adobe - relied on video player instructions to control how content was delivered. That left a loophole. Tests by …
John Leyden, 1 Oct 2008
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Vendors launch sticker chart to boost 3G take-up

The GSM Association, trade body to the network operators, has teamed up with 16 companies to launch a new logo which can be affixed to any kit offering 3G connectivity. Mobile Broadband service mark The new service mark is titled "Mobile Broadband", and will be promoted with a $1bn advertising budget put together by the 16 …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2008
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Nokia gives corporate email the push

Nokia is to give up on corporate email and pushed applications, leaving all that to third-party companies while it concentrates on selling push email to ordinary punters. The moment RIM proved that push email was such an important gateway into corporations, everyone started furiously developing competing services while …
Bill Ray, 29 Sep 2008
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NEC and Softbank sing from same IMS sheet

NEC has been asked by Japanese network operator Softbank Mobile to provide an IMS-based network to support its femtocell service, for full commercial deployment in January 2009. The deployment will mark the first time femtocells have been deployed using the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) from end to end, despite the two …
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2008
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Fake Twitter profile punts Orkut attack

Miscreants are using a fake Twitter profile in a bid to spread malware that harvests login credentials for Orkut. Updates to the fake Twitter profile are supposedly being followed by 17 punters, but they're all fake, according to Chris Boyd, director of malware research at IM security firm Facetime. Twittery Trojan The …
John Leyden, 9 Sep 2008
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How to stop worrying and enjoy paying for incoming calls

Termination fees - the money paid to a receiving network for connecting a call - are for the chop. The question is what, if anything, will replace them; moreover, will ordinary punters ever even notice they're paying to receive calls? Ofcom recently announced it was going to take a good look at the question of termination fees …
Bill Ray, 5 Sep 2008
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Holiday text messages to cost less than 9p

Viviane Reding has begun circulating details of her proposed caps on data and SMS roaming. She wants to see prices capped at €.11 for a text message and €1 a MB for roamed data. The draft text has been sent to the EU Commissioners for consideration ahead of a formal vote on the matter in October. It also includes a proposal to …
Bill Ray, 4 Sep 2008
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Ofcom considers termination charges

Ofcom has published an assessment of the UK's mobile industry, which is all looking rosy we are told - but it wants to hear from the public on a range of issues including whether we should pay to receive calls. The report calls for "fresh strategic thinking" on call termination charges - the current rules expire in 2011, so …
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2008
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Kindle fails to set light to unsold e-book pile

The humble paper-based book isn't burnt just yet. Amazon is keeping schtum as to how many e-books it has sold, but evidence is mounting that predictions of iPod-grade sales and billion-dollar revenues were a smidge optimistic. Earlier this month CitiGroup predicted that Amazon would shift 380,000 electronic books during 2008, …
Bill Ray, 26 Aug 2008
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Fringe box office system provider goes titsup

The software outfit behind the chaotic implementation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s box office system has gone titsup. A spokeswoman at Glasgow-based Pivotal Integration Ltd confirmed to The Register that the firm has gone into administration. However, she said the company was unlikely to be issuing any further statement …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Aug 2008
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iPhone 3G isn't necessarily

Eager punters cooing over their 3G iPhones are finding the third generation connectivity not quite what they had hoped, and according to some reports Apple's super-phone is failing to meet the requirements of the 3G standard. Apple took a lot of stick when the original iPhone lacked 3G, a decision that forced UK operator O2 to …
Bill Ray, 13 Aug 2008

Amazon Kindle set to go massive

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader will sell more than 380,000 in 2008, according to analysts at CitiGroup. UK retailer Waterstones agrees that e-books are the future and is putting Sony Readers into its high street stores. The Kindle figures are based on positive reviews of the product as well as the way it's still topping Amazon. …
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2008
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Fringe organisers launch inquiry into ticketing fiasco

Officials at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are to launch an independent inquiry into the failure of its box office system. Tickets for the Fringe – which runs from 3-25 August – were supposed to be available from 10 June. However the festival’s new box office system suffered several major technical cock-ups that forced …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Aug 2008
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Virgin customer numbers dip

Virgin is reporting a slight dip in customer numbers over the last three months, but reckons those customers are of a higher quality and that the operating loss of £333 million is just a temporary state of affairs. The group has added subscribers during the last quarter - a couple of hundred thousand more are getting their TV …
Bill Ray, 7 Aug 2008

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