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Tuesday, 03.07.12
DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla gains global support from Carriers and few Manufacturers for its Firefox Mobile OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 01 - General News

Boot to Gecko was a hot topic during the recent Mobile World Congress in February and yesterday, Mozilla announced that the industry support, or at least carrier support, is growing behind its plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla now unveiled, will use its Firefox brand and is said to will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device's capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. Previously know under its code-name "Boot to Gecko", Firefox Mobile OS is mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe.

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Monday, 02.07.12
COOPERATION: MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom unite in European Partnership on mobile NFC Payments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 01 - General News

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom today announced a European partnership to enable consumers to use their mobile phones as a convenient and secure way to pay. At a press conference in Berlin today, Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard highlighted the importance of their partnership and the introduction of mobile payments - one of the fastest growing consumer services in the last five years. The partnership aims to make mobile payments a reality for Deutsche Telekom's 93 million mobile customers across Europe. The first consumer roll-out will take place in Poland later this year. Also this year German consumers will be introduced to mobile payments.

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CONNECTED: Lufthansa launches Blue Legends - rewards your Foursquare check-ins with Ranks and Badges
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 01 - General News

Lufthansa has a pretty long Internet and mobile Internet track-record and it was one of the first companies (at least outside America), which teamed up with Foursquare to bring us the best badges ever (saying this with my Bavarian voice): The Oktober Fest badges in 2011 and 2010. And now, Lufthansa has again teamed up with Foursquare to be one of the very first companies, featuring Foursquare's new "Connected Apps" platform. Following the motto of "living on the badge", Lufthansa invites Foursquare users to virtually check-in with the new "Blue Legends". This Foursquare connected app allows passengers to share information about their journey with others via social networks.

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Tuesday, 19.06.12
DISUSED: LG sidelining Tablet developments to focus on Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 01 - General News

Different OS, still about tablets and very interesting. As Bloomberg wrote this morning, LG, the world's No. 4 mobile-phone maker, and previously committed to "bring up to 26 new Windows Phones to market in 2012 alone", will sideline tablet computer development to focus more on smaller devices rather than compete head-on with Apple iPad. LG which just introduced its second Android tablet called Optimus Pad LTE earlier this year, seems to completely give up all tablet developments, which is rather interesting news, after Microsoft unveiled its own Windows-powered tablet yesterday. Keeping in mind that LG also manufactures Windows 8 PCs, that's indeed surprising and it seems, Microsoft has already lost one OEM!

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Thursday, 14.06.12
SELLOUT: Nokia sells Vertu to Private Equity Group - Keeps minority
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:28 CET under 01 - General News

Nokia announced this morning, that it has agreed terms for EQT VI, part of the leading private equity group in Northern Europe, to acquire Vertu, Nokia's luxury mobile phone brand. According to the press release, Nokia believes that this is the best option for the next step in Vertu's journey (and most likely Nokia's own future) of delivering excellence, enabling the brand to focus on increased opportunities for growth in the luxury category. Having delivered double digit sales growth over the past few years, Vertu is said to continue leading its class with a portfolio of high end mobile phones, increasingly led by its smartphones and tailored services, offering unique access, experiences and opportunities to a discerning and growing customer base.

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