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Qualcomm brings location-sharing application to App Store

Qualcomm Services Labs has made its Neer location-sharing application available to iPhone4 users via Apple’s App Store, having offered the Neer app in the Android Market since August 2010.

Telefonica unveils BlueVia developer platform

Telefonica announced BlueVia, a new developer initiative which it said “facilitates access to Telefonica network capabilities via new web-based APIs and to Telefonica’s main asset, our customer base.”

Location gaming firm raises US15 million from venture backers

US location-based gaming firm Scvngr has raised US$15 million in an investment round that was led by UK venture firm Balderton Capital.

Report: apps sharing personal user info without permission

The Wall Street Journal conducted an investigation which found that of 101 popular smartphone apps surveyed, 56 transmitted the handset ID to third parties without customers being aware or consenting, while 47 transmitted the handset location and five sent “age, gender or other personal details to outsiders.”

Sony Ericsson closes Developer World forum

Sony Ericsson said that it is closing down its Developer World forum, without citing the reasoning behind its decision.

ASiQ trumpets most expensive app

Australian developer ASiQ announced what it described as “the world’s most expensive mobile phone app,” priced at AU$12,500, which is intended to enable private jet owners to use mobile phones to make in-flight phone calls.

DeNA signs Samsung deal

DeNA, a mobile social gaming company, announced a deal with Samsung which will see the former’s Mobage technology offered on Samsung’s Android devices.

Sprint names 4G App Challenge winners

Sprint announced the winners of its 4G App Challenge, intended to recognise “innovative” apps which use its WiMAX network.

Mobile app store extends relationship with RTL

German firm apprupt has supplied RTL Interactive, the German broadcaster’s interactive arm, with two further app stores in a move that builds on the companies’ existing relationship.

W3C publishes mobile web app guidelines

International web standards body the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced “best practice” guidelines for developing mobile web apps, stating that the document “offers practical advice from many mobile web stakeholders for the easy development and deployment of mobile web applications that work across many platforms.”