FASTTAKES: Sybase, Netbiscuits, SoftBank Mobile

Staff writer
13 Oct 2010

Sybase 365, Western Union extend deal

Sybase 365 extended its partnership with Western Union with the completion of the latter’s mobile vendor certification process. The alliance will enable mobile operators and financial institutions to mobilize Western Union Money Transfers to millions of users globally.

Samsung, Netbiscuits partner for smartphone apps

Netbiscuits has entered into a partnership with Samsung Electronics through which Netbiscuits’ premium customers will be provided with applications made for Samsung’s mobile operating system “bada.” All apps will be implemented as native hybrid applications, a combination of website and app.

SoftBank taps Myriad for Android rollout

Softbank Mobile has tapped the Myriad group to develop MMS service 'S!Mail' for the launch of 'SoftBank Mail' on the Android 2-2 powered HTC Desire. S!Mail enables users to send and receive text messages, pictures and movies worldwide, and can also be used for email messaging with PCs and non-SoftBank handsets.

Gracenote powers next-gen Acer smartphones

Gracenote said it will provide entertainment management solutions for next-generation smartphones from Acer. Gracenote’s new mobile client for Android now allows Acer Stream handset users to easily identify songs and view licensed album cover art.

NTT DoCoMo, Pioneer team up on smartphone navigation

NTT DoCoMo and Pioneer are working together to enable smartphones to function as full-fledged wireless navigation devices compatible with the “docomo Drive Net” service in Japan. The partners want commercial operation to start from the January-March quarter of 2011.

TELUS deploys Alcatel-Lucent's digital media store

TELUS has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s digital media store (DMS) to support its ringtone, image and mobile game service offerings. DMS is an end-to-end managed and hosted service for multicontent stores that allows TELUS to deliver content services more quickly with lower market and operational risk.

Opera, NetSweeper firm up web content filtering

Opera Software and Netsweeper have entered into a partnership that will provide added security and internet content filtering to operators who ship and distribute the Opera Mini browser. Operators will be offered increased ability to block phishing, fraud, viruses, trojans, malware, and access to adult content or other sites and services that are deemed inappropriate.

mig33 opens virtual economy to VAS, handset makers

mig33 has rolled out a new distribution program that gives value-added services and handset manufacturers access to its virtual economy. Among mig33's first new distribution partners are PT Numedia Global (Indonesia), Olive Telecom (India), ThumbMOB (Philippines).

Singapore’s NTU, Motorola nurture Android app developers

Nanyang Technological University and Motorola are creating an Android developer ecosystem among the tertiary institutions in Singapore. An island-wide Android programming competition was organized, with the top 5 entries awarded cash prizes totaling more than S$18,000 or about $13,750.

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