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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.

Report: Nokia needs to improve app developer offering

A new report has found that Nokia faces “significant challenges” in ensuring its Ovi Store becomes a success, with up to 20 percent of existing app developers unwilling to commit to using the store again in the future.

Juniper: 25B mobile app store downloads by 2015

Juniper Research claims that mobile app store downloads will hit 25 billion by 2015, but new storefronts face an uphill task to compete with established leaders such as Apple’s App Store

Verizon expands app store

US operator Verizon Wireless has expanded its V Cast Apps storefront by offering it across a range of BlackBerry smartphones.

First look at Windows Phone 7 yields mixed reviews

Microsoft has received a mixed response from critics for its new Windows Phone 7 platform after giving reviewers a preview of the firm’s long-awaited new mobile operating system, notes the Wall Street Journal.

Nokia’s Ovi Store downloads top 1.7M per day

Nokia used its disappointing set of second-quarter results yesterday to proclaim that its Ovi Store is proving a success, attracting an average of more than 1.7 million downloads a day.

AOL launches apps in bid to regain relevancy

Internet content provider AOL is using the apps space to renew its focus on mobile, launching two new free apps on the Android platform.

Vodafone cans tailor-made LiMo phones

Vodafone has canned the development of a range of phones specifically tailored to support its Vodafone 360 social media and apps platform.

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.