Verizon to combat (iPhone) data hogs by throttling mobile data

Verizon is preparing for an expected onslaught of mobile data usage from new iPhone customers by throttling data for the top 5 percent of users — the so-called “data hogs.” It’s also compressing data files transmitted over its wireless network, according to a Verizon memo (PDF) revealed by the mobile site Boy Genius Report.

4info says its mobile ad business is exploding

Mobile startup 4info first became known for delivering advertising in SMS text messages, but the company moved aggressively into display ads last year, and it sounds like those efforts have paid off.

Is Skype about to release video-calling for mobile devices?

Skype, a provider of voice and video calling services over the Internet, might be poised to release video calling for mobile devices equipped with a front-facing camera and running Skype at the Consumer Electronics Show next year, according to a number of reports.

Will Nokia build Windows phones?

(Update: Nokia disagrees with our report. However, we have two additional sources which agree with it).

Last day for submissions for the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition

Today, June 21, we will be closing nominations and voting for the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Are you a startup with a new mobile product that will shake up the industry? If so, submit your company here and you may get the opportunity to pitch your product onstage to over 500 mobile industry leaders.

Ground Truth debuts highly accurate way to measure traffic on mobile sites

A new mobile measurement firm, Ground Truth, today announced it has launched the first such service to use census-based measures of actual Mobile Internet usage. The data, which covers millions of mobile subscribers in the United States, will come directly from mobile operators and other data providers, allowing the company to aggregate figures on mobile data usage on any visited mobile site.

Asurion AddressBook unlocks Android’s social media potential

A new application called Asurion AddressBook launches on the Android Market tomorrow, opening up new ways to use social media on the phone — and instantly making the iPhone look even more outdated for not running applications in the background and its lower app integration. Asurion AddressBook can be downloaded here.

Android phones give carrier services more muscle

Google’s Android phones have emerged as major competitors to the red-hot iPhone. And now Android seems to have yet one more thing working in its favor: Carriers have figured out that it offers them some very valuable options to help them differentiate their services from their competitors.

Q&A: Flurry, T-Mobile push boundaries on carrier-developer collaboration

Flurry, a company that provides analytics for mobile applications, and T-Mobile have teamed up to release a free analytics platform for the T-Mobile development community focusing on Android, BlackBerry and J2ME. With even more app usage data, T-Mobile will be able to improve its retail strategy and help its customers discover new apps.

Silicon Valley software developers to get WiMAX network soon

WiMAX, the next-generation technology that will replace aging Wi-Fi networks with smarter, faster Internet access, is slated to launch in the Bay Area in 2010. But a small cadre of software developers will be able to access the network much sooner.

Palm’s Pre fails to help Sprint, and RIM snickers

[Disclosure: This post is one of a series of articles sponsored by Verizon. The company has given us editorial freedom to write what we’d like. In return for us covering the company’s developer conference, Verizon will be running ads on our site in ensuing weeks.]

Q&A: Verizon says it will be the first to offer ‘true’ mobile video

[Disclosure: This post is one of a series of articles sponsored by Verizon. The company has given us editorial freedom to write what we’d like. In return for us covering the company’s developer conference, Verizon will be running ads on our site in ensuing weeks.]

Verizon promises developers access to a “billion” customers

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MobileBeat: Listen to panels on mobile gatekeepers and startup competition part 2

Stitcher has delivered more audio recordings of Thursday’s MobileBeat conference. The first link is for the panel entitled What Will the Gatekeepers Do Now? The AppStore and Beyond (pictured above), moderated by Matthaus Krzykowski. And the other is the MobileBeat 2009 Startup Competition — Apps event. (pictured below)

Adobe’s Flash 10 for Android: A big win for mobile web apps

On Adobe’s earnings call last week, chief executive Shantanu Naraye said his company will introduce version 10 of its Flash multimedia player for Android this October at Adobe MAX 2009. This comes on the heals of handset manufacturer Sony Ericsson’s announcement that it will release its first Android 2.0 handsets with “more multimedia capabilities” the same month.

How much will Skype pay EU carriers for the success of its iPhone app?

Skype’s iPhone application, which lets users make cheap or free calls over their phone data plans, is a raging success. Barely a week after its release at the end of March, 2 million users had downloaded the application, representing almost 10 percent of iPhone users.

Details of HTC Android phones emerge through new style of marketing

Two days ago T-Mobile sent an email to Engadget to invite them to an press event on April 21st. Billed as a “private launch event,” it has tech blogs wondering what the news will be: Will the company be announcing a new Android device? Or maybe an update to the code developers use to build Android applications?

Verisign brings extra security to the iPhone

Worried that someone could steal your online identity, financial assets or data when you sign into accounts on the iPhone? Then Verisign’s free VIP Access app may be just what you’re looking for.

Kinoma makes finding mobile content a snap on Windows, Nokia’s Ovi

Mobile developer Kinoma announced that its Kinoma Play mobile media browser will be available in Nokia’s Ovi Store and the Windows Marketplace (which will be included on all phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 this fall). Microsoft has signed Kinoma Play as an anchor application, meaning it will be among the first to offer its application through the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Conveneer’s infrastructure service marries your phone with the web

Apple’s MobileMe and Microsoft’s recently announced MyPhone services focus on giving mobile users more seamless access to internet data services and the mobile address book. Conveneer, launching later this year, wants to help other carriers and manufacturers do the same — or better. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup has just announced a $4.5 million round of funding led by Swedish investor Industrifonden and Silicon Valley-based Broken Arrow Venture Capital.

MySpace’s John Faith on mobile revenue and mobile data opportunities

MySpace has seen some impressive traffic growth for its mobile web site and its mobile applications over the last year. And the social network is capitalizing on it by developing new revenue streams and new ways to get its users’ data on more devices.

MySpace’s John Faith sees half of all its users going mobile

MySpace has seen impressive growth in its mobile services over the last six months, especially outside the U.S. At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, I recently caught up with John Faith, the vice president and general manager for the social network’s mobile services, to learn more. In the interview below, he tells me about MySpace’s collaborations with mobile carriers, handset manufacturers and content creators around the world, to help it deliver a more compelling experience to mobile users.

This year at MWC, no one’s eating Yahoo’s free ice cream

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, everyone wanted Yahoo’s ice cream. You see, no one had a legitimate application store yet, the iPhone wasn’t 3G and Android didn’t even exist. Yahoo’s oneConnect was one of the most buzzed-about parts of last year’s show — and its booth, with free ice cream, was crowded. What a difference a year makes.

A dozen mobile startups to pitch at Mobile Peer Awards

Some 50,000 members of the mobile industry will be visiting the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this coming week. It’s the industry’s largest event. And one of the show’s highlights is the Mobile Peer Awards, for which 12 young mobile companies have been nominated.

O2 Germany alone has 6 to 8 Android phones planned this year

Basic Thinking, the recently sold “German TechCrunch” quotes an O2 product manager saying that “we want to get out 6 to 8 Android devices this year.” (the post is in German). The quote was made yesterday at an official press conference at the O2 Innovation Days 2009 in Munich, Germany.

An FAQ about those Android netbooks

Since our post yesterday about Google’s Android platform running on netbooks, we’ve been asked a lot of questions. Here are the most frequent questions, along with our answers.

Mobile ad spending rises as iPhone effect kicks in

In recent weeks, we’ve been hearing rumors that companies are canceling their mobile display advertising budgets. But when we looked into it, we found that overall demand for mobile display advertising is actually increasing.

Applications are reshaping mobile industry competition

Remember when consumers picked their network carrier first and their phone second? When mobile phone makers competed based on what functions they’d built into their devices — screen size, battery life, camera, and handy carrier-selected applications? Well, those days are all but gone. As independent developers continue to churn out increasing varieties of mobile applications, many consumers will choose a device not for the network it runs on or for what functions are built in but for what kinds of applications will run on it. That means developers will soon have more impact on what devices sell than the carriers or device makers.