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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.

Facebook focuses on mobile strategy

A USA Today report notes that Facebook now has 150 million mobile users and more than 500 million total users.

Microsoft pays developers to help rebuild its app offering

Microsoft is reportedly paying developers to produce applications for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 system as the software giant attempts to launch the new platform with a competitive array of apps.

Shazam enhances Android app offering

Mobile music discovery provider Shazam has enhanced its app offering on the fast-growing Android Market, replicating its Apple App Store strategy.

Android Market hits milestone

Google’s Android Market application store has hit the one billion download milestone and is fast approaching 100,000 apps on offer, according to analytics provider Androlib.