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Commonwealth Bank of Australia has teased the nation's first NFC payment service for iPhones, getting around the lack of an integrated NFC chip by including one in an accompanying phone cover.
 
Australia's incumbent bank reve

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A leading analyst tips Web movie subscription firm Netflix to rock the UK market when it launches there early 2012, but not to dominate the territory as it has in the US and Latin America.
 
Nick Thomas, principal TV and digital media analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, believes existing players in the UK will prove tough competition for the US company, leaving

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Android will account for the majority of Asia's swelling smartphone sales in 2011, a research firm predicts, but faces escalating competition at the low-end.
 
Smartphone sales are forecast to account for around a quarter of handset sales in Asia-Pacific during the year, with shipments growing 56% from 2010, ABI Research forecasts.
 
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Vodafone is to shut down its 360 cloud-based service by the end of the year, in another blow to carriers' hopes of creating web offerings under their own brands to fight back against Google and A

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Trouble is brewing for Apple in South Korea, where nearly 30,000 citizens are backing a lawsuit over the collection of location information by its smart devices.
 
A total of 27,000 angry consumers are seeking damages of 1 million won ($928) each for the intrusion on their privacy, which Apple admitted to in April.
 
The potential outcome

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Nokia swung to a pre-tax loss of €151 million ($207.9 million) in the third quarter, as lower sales in its devices and navigation businesses offset growth at its Nokia-Siemens infrastructure joint venture.
 
The vendor’s net income fell from a profit of €322 million in 3Q10 as revenue from its devices and services division fell by a quarter year-on-y

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Samsung has been reported to have achieved a milestone in the September quarter by beating Apple in terms of smartphone shipments.
 
An unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal that Samsung shipped over

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Ericsson achieved a marginal rise in net profit during 3Q11 on the back of a 17% rise in sales year-on-year, however cash flow was hit by its under-performing joint ventures.
 
The vendor grew net income 6% to 3.8 billion Swedish krona ($573.7 million) on the back of high demand for mobile broadband kit and increased service revenues.

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While major technology players like Google and Microsoft may have all eyes on the smart-phone market, Yahoo is taking a different tack with a focus on the traditional smart feature phones.
 
At All Things Digital's inaugral AsiaD Conference in Hong Kong, Rose Tsou - SVP of Yahoo Asia Pacific - said the company expects the traditional feature phone to serve as an imp

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The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) announcedthe release of the “MMA Mobile Application Privacy Policy,” the first guidelines document of its kind that addresses the core privacy issues and data processes of many mobile applications, for public comment.
 
“These new privacy policy guidelines fill an urgent need for all companie

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