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Movers & Shakers: Exec shake ups for AOL & Alcatel-Lucent; Verizon's new President; and more

Upstream, mobile marketing technology and solutions provider, has brought in former Microsoft Partner and General Manager, Simon Negus, as Chief Operating Officer. Negus joins Upstream from Microsoft UK where he served as a Microsoft Partner and UK Board member. Read more.Vibes, a mobile marketing...

AOL continues to gain mobile ad ground: Internet giant lands Platform A deal with Virgin Mobile USA

AOL L.L.C. continues to lose ground online as Google Inc's dominance grows, but the venerable Internet company is gaining impressive traction in mobile.Virgin Mobile USA Inc. last week unveiled a deal to use AOL's Platform-A as its exclusive display advertising and sales partner for...

AOL to pay $850M to advance its social networking plans

AOL is the latest Internet giant to buy its way onto the online and mobile social networking field.The Time Warner Inc. subsidiary said it will shell out $850 million to acquire Bebo, a U.K.-based outfit that boasts more than 40 million users worldwide. Bebo...

AOL to support third-party developers

AOL L.L.C. is the latest Internet and mobile player to woo third-party developers, announcing the launch of Open AIM 2.0.The program is designed to give developers "unprecedented access" to AOL's popular AIM messaging network in an effort to spur the creation of third-party chat...

AOL snares Third Screen Media: Move underscores rising importance of mobile advertising

Third Screen Media finally found a well-heeled suitor.The Boston-based mobile advertising startup was acquired by Time Warner Inc.'s AOL Internet division for an undisclosed sum. Third Screen will operate as a subsidiary of AOL's Advertising.com business, which the Internet giant acquired three years ago."AOL...

AOL to use ENUM through VeriSign partnership

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—VeriSign Inc. said AOL has agreed to use its computer-to-wireless messaging technology in North America. The Internet giant will use VeriSign’s ENUM Data Access Service, which is designed to deliver messages more efficiently and economically between IP and traditional telephone networks. The...

Will Google’s phone browser run into copyright troubles?

Google Inc. is dipping its toe in the mobile browser business, formatting Internet sites for users surfing the wireless Web. But legal experts say the Internet giant may be infringing on copyrights in the process. The Mountain View, Calif.-based firm has developed software that...

AWS auction could spell windfall for government, though analysts differ on value

The Federal Communications Commission's planned auction of so-called "advanced wireless services" spectrum scheduled for June could spell a windfall for government coffers, though analysts are mixed on the amount of said windfall. The government has said it expects to generate $25 billion during the...

Presence migrating from chat rooms to board rooms

One of the most popular features of instant messaging is expanding off the desktop and into the mobile enterprise. It's called presence, and it allows users to determine the availability of others. An employee, for instance, can use presence to determine whether a colleague...

Yahoo leads wireless Web portals

SEATTLE-Yahoo has the early lead in the race to become the wireless Web portal of choice for U.S. consumers, according to new figures from M:Metrics. An average of nearly 13 million consumers per month accessed Yahoo's services from their handset during the fourth quarter...

Yahoo leads wireless Web portals during 4Q, survey finds

SEATTLE-Yahoo has the early lead in the race to become the wireless Web portal of choice for U.S. consumers, according to new figures from M:Metrics. An average of nearly 13 million consumers per month accessed Yahoo's services from their handset during the fourth quarter...

Portals digging deeper into wireless

Wireless is getting Googled. And, well, Yahoo'd. The Internet giants have made numerous headlines in recent weeks as they rush to become the premier destination on the wireless Web. And they're doing it in very different ways.Google Inc. fired the year's opening salvo earlier...

AOL joins Yahoo, Google in offering expanded wireless search options

DULLES, Va.-America Online Inc. launched a suite of services allowing users to shop, search the Web and access local listings from their wireless handsets. The Internet giant unveiled a mobile Web site that delivers content and search results for browser-enabled mobile phones. Users can...

AOL finds continued interest in wireless IM

DULLES, Va.-Wireless instant messaging continues to surge, with one-third of all desktop IM users sending instant or text messages from cell phones at least once a week, according to a study from America Online Inc. The Internet giant's third annual survey found nearly half...

AOL finds continued interest in wireless IM

DULLES, Va.-Wireless instant messaging continues to surge, with one-third of all desktop IM users sending instant or text messages from cell phones at least once a week, according to a study from America Online Inc.The Internet giant's third annual survey found that nearly half...

Virgin Mobile offers IM service on UTStarcom phone

Instant messaging continued to move into wireless Wednesday, as Virgin Mobile announced a deal to bring America Online Inc.'s Instant Messaging to subscribers who purchase Virgin Mobile's latest phone. The offering will include traditional IM features, including presence and buddy lists, and initially will...

AOL looks to grow wireless biz with Wildseed acquisition

America Online Inc. is stepping up its move into the wireless industry with the acquisition of privately held software developer Wildseed Ltd., the Internet giant announced last week. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Wildseed pursued the highly coveted youth market with intelligent faceplates...

AOL tests mobile search services

America Online Inc. is testing a suite of mobile search services, the Internet giant said Wednesday. The new offerings allow users with Web-enabled phones to search the Internet for information including local business listings and to compare prices of goods from online retailers. Israeli...

AOL begins offering VoIP, joins NENA

WASHINGTON-America Online Inc. said Thursday it will begin offering Voice over Internet Protocol telephony, and to blunt the criticism other VoIP providers have received, it joined the National Emergency Number Association and said it will offer enhanced 911 as a standard feature."We believe we...

Cingular, U.S. Cellular offer new AOL-based services

NEW ORLEANS-America Online Inc. announced deals with two U.S. wireless carriers.Cingular Wireless L.L.C. said it is working with AOL to give Cingular Wireless customers easy access to AOL's new mobile portal, Instant Pictures and mobile You've Got Pictures services.The Instant Pictures feature for the...

Wireless takes Herculean role in Super Bowl

Although only two teams will line up on the field Sunday for the grand culmination of the professional football season, multiple players will participate in Super Bowl XXXIX in one wireless capacity or another.Verizon Wireless upgraded cell sites and installed a pair of cell...

Cell-phone users to vote for favorite Super Bowl ads

DULLES, Va.-Football fans can vote for their favorite commercials with their mobile phones with a service announced this week by American Online Inc.Users can register for the poll by texting the word "vote" to short code 46265 before the game and will receive reminders...

AOL begins IM developer program

America Online Inc. announced that it is launching an industrywide mobile developer program for its instant-messaging services. As flagship members, LG Electronics, Motorola Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America and Siemens AG will work to develop, test and distribute licensed AIM clients for mobile devices. The...

AOL: Wireless IM on rise

Mobile instant messaging is going mainstream. Maybe.Wireless IM use is growing, with 32 percent of all mobile messaging using an IM service in addition to, or instead of, short message service texting, according to a study commissioned by America Online, Inc. AOL said it...

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