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Operator app initiative WAC joins forces with JIL

The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – an operator-led group aiming to provide an open international applications platform that could take on the might of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market – this morning announced its official company formation, business model and plans for the next few months, as well as its biggest development to date; the planned integration of the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) into the initiative.

Samsung reveals top 10 apps

South Korea’s Samsung has revealed the most popular downloads from its own application store, Samsung Apps.

Apple iPhone 4 hack released

iPhone 4 owners can now run non-Apple approved applications thanks to the release of Jailbreakme 2.0.

GetJar claims 3M daily downloads, names Facebook as most popular app

GetJar has strengthened its claim to be the world’s second-largest mobile app store with news that it is achieving up to three million downloads per day and has hit over one billion downloads to date.

SK Telecom and Google sign Android apps pact

SK Telecom (SKT) has announced an agreement with Google to “strengthen” the Android Market apps store in South Korea.

Telefonica to strengthen app developer programme

European and Latin American operator Telefonica is to ramp up its application developer programme on an international scale, according to a Light Reading report.

Facebook moves into LBS with Places launch

Facebook announced its first move into the location-based services space with the launch of Places, an application which enables users to share their location and who they are with in real time from mobile devices.

HP to use webOS for wireless printers

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has outlined plans to use its recently-acquired webOS platform to power a whole range of devices beyond smartphones, including printers.

Apple drives 6B app download market this year

Just under 6 billion mobile applications will be downloaded in 2010, up from 2.4 billion last year, according to the latest ABI Research report, fuelled primarily by the dominance of Apple’s App Store.

Microsoft aims to link app consumers and developers

Microsoft has launched a new website called ‘Mobile App Match’ intended to promote discussion between application developers and consumers, “to start conversations, exchange ideas and see what develops.”