Can you see me now? 4 reasons why video calling is ready to take off

Editor’s note: This April 25-26, VentureBeat is hosting its inaugural VentureBeat Mobile Summit, where we’ll debate the five key business and policy challenges facing the mobile industry today. Participants will develop concrete, actionable solutions that will shape the future of the mobile industry. The invitation-only event, located at the scenic and relaxing Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito, Calif., is limited to 180 mobile executives, investors and policymakers.

How the mobile web will win

Editor’s note: This discussion about the superphone app platform is one of the five themes we will be focusing on at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top executives in mobile to discuss the biggest challenges of the day, which, if solved, can lead to much faster growth in the industry. And at our discussion about HTML5 versus native, we’ll have top executives around the table, including Facebook, Google, Verizon, Sencha, AT&T and more.

The dilemma that Twitter has given new startups

A fundamental problem between third-party Twitter clients and Twitter itself is that the client owns its own interface and Twitter has to negotiate with that client to make money from its own users. This is a difficult situation for Twitter to find itself in, especially when it so badly needs those third parties, who help it to retain existing users and bring new ones in.

How "mobile ads 2.0" will let you take control of your monetization

Editor’s Note: This discussion about mobile economy is one of the five themes we will be focusing on at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top executives in mobile to discuss the biggest challenges of the day, which, if solved, can lead to much faster growth in the industry. And at our mobile “economy” session, we’ll talk about how monetization of mobile needs to move beyond just advertising, and we’ll have executives at table from the most important players, including Verizon, AT&T, Google, Zynga, Facebook Yahoo, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and many more.

Did Twitter turn down a $10B offer from Google and force Ev Williams out?

An intense look at the dynamics of the team that built and is currently running white-hot blogging startup Twitter shone new light on the company today, after Fortune magazine penned a lengthy article suggesting former CEO and co-founder Ev Williams was forced out rather than leaving voluntarily in October and that the company once turned down a $10 billion buyout from Google.

Why the best iPad business apps won't be in the App Store

Editor’s note: This discussion about enterprise mobility is one of the five themes we will be focusing on at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top executives in mobile to discuss the biggest challenges of the day, which, if solved, can lead to much faster growth in the industry. And at our enterprise session, we’ll have top executives around the table from a number of companies, including Verizon, AT&T, Cisco, Salesforce, Box.net, and more. (If you think you should be part of the discussion, you can apply for a ticket.)

Taptu allows iPad owners to “DJ your news”

Taptu, a company originally focused on mobile search, has become more of a challenge to “social magazine” Flipboard in recent months by remaking itself as a customizable app for reading news. Now that challenge is becoming more serious with Taptu’s launch of a new iPad app and expanded capabilities to “DJ your news”.

Can China’s Tencent breath life into Intel’s MeeGo mobile platform?

Intel and China’s mega-popular internet portal service Tencent announced today that they are launching a joint Innovation Center for MeeGo (the open-source mobile operating system pushed by Nokia and Intel that Nokia has since abandoned for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7) in Shanghai. The announcement came at the IDF Beijing 2011 conference and was almost overlooked among the numerous other announcements coming out of the event. But it’s actually a very interesting maneuver.