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Unicom and Chunghwa eye apps alliance

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.

Google blasts Apples new advertising terms

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.

GetJar secures US11M

Independent mobile apps store GetJar has raised a further US$11 million in Series B funding from Accel Partners.

Foursquare close to obtaining funding, secures Voda deal

Startup website Foursquare, a location-based services company, is close to getting new funding that would allow it to expand

China Unicom preps app store launch

China’s second-largest mobile operator, China Unicom, said it will launch an application store next month to increase the appeal of its 3G phones

Disney deal aims to tap apps market

Disney has expanded its mobile presence with the acquisition of Tapulous, a Silicon Valley start-up that makes music games for Apple’s App Store.

Apple bans apps after iTunes fraud

Apple has removed all applications belonging to developer Thuat Nguyen from its iTunes App Store.

YouTube bids for screen dominance

YouTube – the world’s largest video-sharing site – yesterday upgraded its mobile offering amid claims its mobile site (m.youtube.com) is now receiving more than 100 million video playbacks a day, and also announced plans to enter the TV space.

Docomo preps i-mode apps store to take on SoftBank’s iPhone

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.

Samsung to use apps for growth

South Korean vendor Samsung is aiming to forge closer ties with application developers in an effort to boost both its software and device hardware offering.