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Mobile ops seek out search market – update

Reports that a handful of tier one mobile operators are planning to create a mobile search engine to challenge the likes of Google and Yahoo look increasingly vaporous. Rumours started in the Sunday papers suggest that Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and Cingular will meet at the 3GSM World Congress […]

Google to patent mobile ad technology

Google has filed for a patent for delivering adverts to mobile phones and other handheld devices. In accordance with patent office rules, the application provides images of how the adverts could look. Details are also provided on how the user might interact with them. Last year Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, told attendees at the Stanford […]

Google to provide mobile search in China

Search giant Google on Wednesday said it had made an agreement with China Mobile to provide mobile search services in China. Google, which has been criticised in the past for providing its service in China, said it will provide search technology for mobile search on the Chinese operator’s Monternet WAP portal. The service was trialled […]

Google claims operators’ demand has “scary implications”

The search giant, Google, has claimed that mobile operators have lobbied the company to prevent their customers accessing its Mobile Maps, a move it described as having “scary implcations”. According to technology site ZDNet, Google’s head of special initiatives, Chris Sacca told an event at Oxford University’s Said Business School, Monday, that his company has […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Free phones for all says Google chief

Google’s chief executive made a few enemies in the operator community this weekend by declaring that “your mobile phone should be free”. Speaking at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, CEO Eric Schmidt said that while Google has no intention of giving away mobile phones, he does believe calls could be paid for through […]

Google launches free wi-fi service

Internet giant Google launched a freely accessible wi-fi network in its hometown of Mountain View Wednesday. Radios hanging on lampposts throughout the city are now broadcasting an 802.11b/g signal that it publicly accessible by any residents, businesses and visitors within the area of coverage. Google states the network “is a way for us to give […]

Apple, Google join mobile standards group

The Khronos Group, an industry consortium focused on the creation of open standards, has announced that Apple, Dell and Google are amongst the latest companies to join the group. Khronos aims to define open standards for the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a range of platforms including embedded systems and mobile phones. Jon […]

Google launches mobile traffic maps for mobiles

Former search company, Google, on Tuesday announced it has begun offering US mobile users “live” traffic data. Google Maps for Mobile, part of a slew of new products aimed at the desktop and mobile user, will allow users to chose a destination and show traffic in that area, live. Traffic data is sent to the […]

Amnesty shames big 3 on China

Operators and manufacturers considering which IP applications to put on their mobiles will be mindful of a campaign by Amnesty International which is urging UK users to email Microsoft, Google and Yahoo asking why they operate in China. The civil liberties/human rights group is upping the pressure on three of the biggest names in technology, […]

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