Songza curates music playlists

Google snaps up Songza

A battle of the beats is brewing after it emerged that Google has acquired curated mobile music service Songza for an undisclosed sum. According to various sources on the web, Google has splashed out anything between $15m and $49m on the three year old startup.

Toyota is investing in M2M

Toyota taps IBM for in car apps

Automotive manufacturers continue to look to the future, with Toyota recently tapping up IBM to build and design an application development platform that will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience. The project is part of Toyota’s newly established telematics service, called T-Connect.

Verizon is building on its EdgeCast acquisition

Verizon beefs up content delivery network

Following its acquisition of content delivery network provider EdgeCast, Verizon Digital Media Services has started adding direct local connectivity to many of the world’s largest broadband providers, streamlining delivery and distribution of content to ensure high-quality user experiences and handle traffic spikes as connected devices, user bases and file sizes continue to grow.

Nest is getting connected

Nest developer programme connects to wider Internet of Things

On the eve of the Google I/O conference, the company’s annual developer shindig, home automation pioneer Nest Labs launched a developer programme to connect its thermostat and smoke alarm devices to the wider Internet of Things.

Android users can charge direct to their O2 bill

O2UK brings carrier billing to Android

Telefónica’s UK mobile operation, O2, on Tuesday said that its customers can now pay for items in the Google Play store through direct carrier billing —adding the cost of apps and content into their monthly bill or deducting it from their prepay credit.

Firefox OS apps now run on Android

Mozilla makes Firefox apps available on Android

Software developer Mozilla began repackaging Firefox OS applications for the Android OS this week as it continues to champion open web technologies. Android users can now install apps designed and built for Firefox OS from the Firefox Marketplace and have them behave as they would on Mozilla’s platform.

Rok Mobile will launch in June

Rok to launch LTE music MVNO in US

Specialist mobile entertainment and streaming music firm Rok Mobile has unveiled plans to launch an LTE MVNO in the US in June bolstered by 20 million on demand audio tracks.

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Apple wraps up $3bn Beats acquisition

Apple confirmed rumours on Wednesday night with an agreement to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, founded by rapper Dr Dre.

3 Austria has rolled out carrier billing

3 Austria gets Android carrier billing

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 group has successfully integrated Google Play direct carrier billing into the network of its Austrian subsidiary, 3 Austria. The company has already rolled out the system in Sweden, Ireland and Hong Kong, allowing apps and other digital goods such as books, music, games as well as the music streaming service Music All Access to be paid for via the mobile bill.

Deutsche Telekom has launched a mobile wallet service in Germany

Deutsche Telekom launches mobile wallet

German operator group Deutsche Telekom has launched a mobile wallet service in its domestic market. The operator also plans to extend the offering to further markets; to Slovakia in mid-May and in Hungary later this year.

In-vehicle apps set to boom

Nokia to invest $100m in connected cars

Services and equipment provider Nokia has launched a $100m Connected Car fund to invest in firms developing technologies for the burgeoning market sector.

Security vendors claim Regin comes from either the US or UK governments

99% of mobile security threats target Android

A study published this week by F-Secure has found that 99 per cent of mobile security threats that emerged in the first quarter of the year are targeted towards the Android platform.

Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions subsidiary will be spun off into an independent standalone company

Qualcomm to spin off LBS subsidiary

Chipmaker Qualcomm’s Retail Solutions subsidiary will be spun off into an independent standalone company, following an agreement signed between the firm and a group of third party investors. The investors will gain a controlling interest in Qualcomm Retail Solutions, which will be renamed Gimbal, taking the name of the unit’s context aware proximity platform.

Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand

Software giant Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand from its marketing following its recently completed acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business.

Verizon cosies up to Skype

Skype makes group video calling free

OTT communications provider Skype, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has announced that it will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge.

Google+ founder Vic Gundotra has left the firm

Google+ founder leaves firm

Web giant Google has been left without a leader for its Google+ social networking site after Vic Gundotra has stepped down as senior vice president for social at Google after almost eight years at the firm.

Facebook is acquiring Moves

Facebook puts the moves on Moves

On something of an acquisition spree at the moment, Facebook has picked up Finland-based activity tracker app Moves for an undisclosed sum.

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Free Facebook comes to Tigo Tanzania

Developing markets operator Millicom said Thursday that Tigo customers in Tanzania will be the first consumers in East Africa to get free access to Facebook on their mobile handsets. On the back of a similar service which launched in Latin America in December 2013, Millicom and Facebook have now extended the partnership to East Africa.

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