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Verizon to open apps store next week

Mobile Guerilla reports that Verizon Wireless’ app store – V Cast Apps – will make its debut with about 300 applications, with thousands more to come, on 29 March.

BBC told to delay iPhone apps

The Guardian reports that the launch of BBC News and BBC Sport smartphone applications is to be delayed

Apple tipped to enter mobile advertising fray

Apple’s unveiling later today of the new iPhone operating system software – iPhone 4.0 – may feature a mobile advertising platform, say experts.

Apple puts up another barrier for Adobe and Flash

A Wall Street Journal blog notes that Adobe, whose Flash video software is prominently not allowed on Apple’s devices, is getting ready to release a new version of its flagship Creative Suite software.

Apple unveils new iPhone OS and ad strategy

Apple yesterday unveiled the latest version of its iPhone operating system software which incorporates its high-profile move into the mobile advertising space. iAd is the result of Apple’s US$275 million acquisition of Quattro Wireless – a company that makes tools for embedding adverts in applications – in January.

DT launches UK mobile apps store

Deutsche Telekom’s mobile applications portal, Softwareload, has launched in the UK, offering more than 15,000 mobile applications for download.

Microsoft goes social with new Kin devices

Microsoft last night unveiled ‘Kin’ – two new feature phones aimed at young, social networking consumers – in a strategy designed to improve its standing in the mobile sector. The software giant has worked closely with Japanese manufacturer Sharp on production of the two new devices, rather than concentrating on just developing the software (its usual business model).

Google reports strong Q1, talks mobile

Google executives touched on the company’s mobile strategy during its first quarter results call yesterday, when the Internet search giant posted a 37 percent rise in earnings and a 23 percent jump in revenue. For the period ended March 31, 2010, Google reported revenues of US$6.77 biilion, compared to US$5.51 billion in the year-ago quarter. Net income increased to US$1.96 billion from US$1.42 billion in the first quarter of 2009.

Microsoft in talks to buy mobile ad network

Microsoft is close to finalising a deal to buy US mobile advertising network Millennial Media say industry insiders, a strategy that mirrors recent moves by arch rivals Apple and Google.

Google backtracks on Nexus One strategy

Google has performed a u-turn on its strategy to sell its own-brand Android smartphone, the Nexus One. In a statement yesterday, the company announced that Vodafone will from this Friday start selling the device in the UK via its stores, online and over the phone.