China’s second-largest mobile operator, China Unicom, is in discussions with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom over a tie-up around app stores, reports Bloomberg. The alliance – which came to light at a China-Taiwan telecoms conference in Beijing this week – will focus initially on e-book sales, but could develop into a broader coalition in the apps space, say sources.
Apple has come under fire from rival Google for allegedly imposing new rules on developers that could bar the Internet giant from selling ads inside iPhone and iPad applications now that it has completed the acquisition of AdMob.
Startup website Foursquare, a location-based services company, is close to getting new funding that would allow it to expand
Japanese mobile market leader NTT Docomo is reportedly planning to launch an Apple-style App Store for its i-mode customers in an effort to defend its position against SoftBank, Japan’s exclusive iPhone operator.