In the first major integration between AdMob and Google since the ad network was acquired in May, publishers will soon be able to show Google’s AdSense ads whenever an AdMob ad isn’t available, according to a blog post by Google.
Facebook held a press conference today focusing on its mobile platform. At the event, Mashable editor Ben Parr took the opportunity to ask whether Facebook is developing an iPad-specific application. All of today’s official announcements were around Facebook’s features on Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone (and I’ll have posts up soon describing the news), but the iPad is a mobile device too, Parr argued.
Before there was (Apple’s video-calling app) FaceTime, there was Qik. Now T-Mobile and the video chat company are teaming up to bring integrated video chat to the upcoming MyTouch 4G Android smartphone.
Kik, a new chat application for smartphones that is quicker and more social than SMS, is showing impressive viral uptake. The company says it has registered 450,000 downloads in the first 10 days since going live.
Following the news of Sprint’s 4G network deployment in New York, T-Mobile is now boasting that it has the largest 4G network in America with 75 metropolitan areas covered.
Urban Airship, which provides back-end services for popular mobile apps like Tap Tap Revenge, just raised $5.6 million in a second round of funding.
It might look like Apple will crush competing iPhone and iPad advertising companies with its iAd program, but startups aren’t giving up. Toronto company mDialog is trying to stand out by offering greater interactivity, which might make ads genuinely useful. Today it’s unveiling its latest improvement — support for what the company calls “in-stream apps”.
Mobile browser developer SkyFire has seemingly done the impossible by getting its Flash video-capable web browser approved for Apple’s App Store.
Apple dominates the global market for tablet computers more than seven months after it launched its game-changing iPad device.
Oracle announced today that it will purchase ecommerce software company ATG for approximately $1 billion, or $6 per share.
Smartphones aren’t the only devices where apps will dominate. As our cars get smarter, apps will inevitably become a bigger part of our driving experience as well.
In a maddeningly vague pair of conference calls with analysts, Sony executives seemingly acknowledged last Friday that they were working on products that will address the “light gamer” segment of the mobile gaming market. That has led a number of publications to conclude that Sony has confirmed the existence of the PlayStation Phone or PSP Phone, first rumored in a story by gadget blog Engadget.
Online payments company Vindicia has raised $20 million in a fifth round of funding as it tries to match the rapid growth of online merchants in the age of digital distribution.
iPhone users in Europe and the U.S. were in for a rude awakening this morning as the device’s alarm clock application experienced a bug related to Daylight Savings Time.
Holding true to its promise, Sprint lit up New York’s first 4G cellular network today, in addition to other cities like Hartford, New Haven, and Trenton.
ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7 Android tablet will be available this month for $479, and the larger ViewPad 10 will be coming in the first quarter of 2011, the company announced today.
Apple’s iPhone has ousted Research in Motion’s from the top spot in the U.S. smartphone market, with 26 percent of devices shipped in the third quarter, according to a report by the research firm Canalys. And Google’s Android gained the lead in the U.S. mobile operating system share at 44 percent.
Apple’s iPad has been hyped as the future of publishing — books, magazines, you name it. Now high-profile venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is putting millions of dollars behind that idea. Through its iPhone- and iPad-focused iFund, Kleiner just led a $6 million round in iPad app publisher Callaway Digital Arts.
Not many companies get a second chance. In that respect, Apple has led a charmed life. The company led the first boom in personal computers but fell behind the PC juggernaut as Microsoft, the PC clone makers, and a broad array of PC industry supporters soared past Apple, leaving it with about 2 percent of the personal computer market.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Verizon is definitely getting the iPhone next year, according to a Fortune profile of the company and its chief executive Ivan Seidenberg.
The fear mongering about the death of unlimited data plans can finally come to a close — Verizon today announced that it is going to keep its unlimited data plan option at $30 per month, but is introducing a smaller capped plan for $15 a month.
Following a report from yesterday on the possibility of Samsung unveiling a “Nexus Two” Android phone soon, we now have more details that point to the device being real — though it may be a while before we actually see it.
40 percent of developers on Nokia’s Ovi app store who publish on other platforms say that the Android store is better, and a whopping 84 percent think the Apple store is better, according to a survey of Nokia app developers from research firm Open First.
Computer manufacturer Asus will finally launch its tablets starting in December, the company’s president Jerry Shen told news site Digitimes.
Under heat from antitrust regulators, Apple loosened up its restrictions on third-party apps for the App Store recently. But zany developers can evidently push Apple a little too far.
It looks like Android wasn’t just a great deal for Google. Now Motorola’s commitment to the platform is paying off as the company reports its first profit in over three years.
The spat between tech giants continues with Oracle updating its lawsuit today, stating Google stole Oracle’s Java code for its Android mobile operating system.
Apple may be holding back its promised white iPhone 4 in order to avoid a scandal surrounding the phone’s camera, according to the Apple fan site Cult of Mac.
Google and Samsung may be gearing up to announce the Nexus Two Android phone at a press conference in New York on November 8, sources tell the Android site AndroidandMe.
BilltoMobile is announcing today it has partnered with AT&T to allow mobile phone users to purchase goods online via their mobile phone accounts.
The BlackBerry Partners Fund is a bit confusing. It’s managed by both JLA Ventures and RBC Venture Partners (the investment arm of the Royal Bank of Canada), and it invests money from BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, Thomson Reuters, and RBC. JLA and RBC make their own investments separate from the fund. And, oh yeah, portfolio companies don’t have to focus on BlackBerry devices.
[Update: Corrected to reflect exact wording of Andreessen's quote]
Acer’s long-teased tablet PCs will finally launch on November 23 in New York with a price range from $299 to $699, the company’s CEO Gianfranco Lanci told Dow Jones.
Paypal announced earlier this week that it had partnered with Facebook and other websites to launch a new micropayment service for virtual goods. At the time of the announcement, it was unclear how the new offering would effect existing virtual goods payment systems such as Facebook Credits. Now PayPal’s vice president of global product strategy, Sam Shrauger, says the new micropayment offering won’t cause any significant changes to those existing systems; it will just provide an additional payment method.
Paul Jacobs, chief executive of Qualcomm, said that buying Android wouldn’t have been a good idea a few years ago because it would have made his company too powerful.
Buying Android Inc., the wireless-software startup founded by Andy Rubin, was Google’s “best deal ever,” said David Lawee, vice president of corporate development at the search giant.
Official launch dates and prices for Samsung’s Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, have landed for T-Mobile and Sprint.
Back in August, rumors of a PlayStation Phone leaked out. Now the Engadget tech blog has a photo of the device and some of its specifications.