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Motricity’s tailspin continues as Wuerch leaves CEO post

Ryan Wuerch’s run as CEO at Motricity Inc. (MOTR) has come to an end less than two weeks after the embattled company reported a $4.3 million loss in the last quarter.The Bellevue, Wash.-based company named Jim Smith as interim CEO and he could become...

14M QR or bar codes were scanned in June

QR codes and barcodes are increasingly making their presence known on store shelfs, windows and kiosks, but how many people actually scan those codes? At least 14 million users, or a little more than 6% of the total wireless subscriber base in the United...

Sprint and AT&T line up mobile security offerings

Security continues to be a moving target in the mobile space with consumers facing an array of third-party choices for security apps and other measures. While third-party apps flourish on their won, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) and AT&T Inc. (T) have tapped McAfee Inc....

Invoicing on the go with Intuit’s QuickBooks mobile app

Mountain View based Intuit Inc., maker of the popular TurboTax program, has announced the availability of its QuickBooks invoicing app for Android, following up its iOS app for Apple iPhone users.The firm says this should make using QuickBooks easier on the fly for the...

Motorola Solutions repositions for growth in public safety and enterprise

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Seven months after spinning off as a separate company, Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) is doubling down on its services portfolio and making other moves to reach deeper into the public safety and enterprise sectors.“Out of the gate we’re performing pretty...

Nokia sells off messaging unit to Synchronica

Nokia Corp. (NOK) continues to shed business interests as it shifts its strategy on many fronts. The latest to go is the company’s operator-branded messaging business, which gave carriers in North America the opportunity to sell white label email and instant messaging services to...

Swype 3.0 beta goes live

Swype Inc. has released the third major version of its text input solution for touch-screen devices in beta. Key features of the update include predictive tap, horizontal word choice and the ability to resize and move the virtual keyboard around on tablets.Swype 3.0 beta,...

Sprint Nextel strikes pair of M2M deals, highlights ‘open’ strategy

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) announced a series of M2M deals around payments, video surveillance, alarm monitoring and offered some updates on its push into tele-medicine.The Electronic Payment Exchange (EPX), a financial processing network, extended its partnership with the carrier to co-market services and extend...

Visa lands two deals to bolster digital wallet plans

Visa Inc. (V) has made another pair of moves in its quest to develop a mobile network for financial transactions and maintain its leader position in the nascent medium. The company announced today that it has acquired Fundamo Ltd., an enterprise mobile financial services...

Apple debuts iCloud and finally cuts the cord in iOS 5

For the first time since 2008, Apple Inc. (AAPL) declined to introduce a new iPhone today at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. CEO Steve Jobs and his team of executives pulled few, if any, surprises on stage, however the software and...

Google's Schmidt reflects on a decade at the helm, announces Google Offers

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Eric Schmidt, now executive chairman after stepping down as CEO earlier this year, opened up during his keynote at the D9 Conference last evening about some mistakes, the platform wars (it involves a "gang of four") and the good and bad...

Will banks finally move beyond routing numbers with clearXchange?

Three of the nation's largest financial institutions have formed a new venture to set their collective sites on the red-hot mobile commerce space. With clearXchange, Bank of America Corp. (BAC), JPMorgan Chase and Co. (JPM) and Wells Fargo and Co. (WFC) want to give...

TM Forum: IBM expands platform for communications service providers

DUBLIN – IBM Corp. (IBM) has introduced a new set of software and services for communications service providers. The enhancements to the IBM Service Provider Delivery Environment will bring service providers new capabilities in cloud-based services, business-to-business commerce, enterprise marketing management, real-time analytics and...

Humana taps mobileStorm for secure health data messaging platform

Los Angeles-based mobileStorm Inc. has landed a deal with Humana Inc. to test a new mobile messaging platform tailored for the healthcare industry. The mobileStorm for Healthcare system will enable healthcare professionals and patients to transmit and receive protected health information via mobile devices.The...

Medio Systems launches customer retention service for carriers

Churn is inevitable, but it is bad and Medio Systems Inc. has a new service to help combat it. A new customer retention service from the Seattle-based company gives carriers the ability to target customers with relevant offers to keep them on board.Built on...

StackMob raises $7.5M for hosted mobile app platform

StackMob Inc. has landed a new $7.5 million round of funding to expand its hosted and managed platform for mobile app development, customization and monetization. StackMob's overarching value proposition is to narrow down months of coding into a couple minutes, Ty Amell, CEO and...

ooVoo strives for spontaneity in video chat

NEW YORK CITY — This city is teaming with startups. Like any good metropolis with considerable talents and clout across entertainment, media, technology, fashion and so much more, the costs of founding a company in New York are often outweighed by the potential return...

HotelTonight lands $3.25M in funding for last-minute hotels

Following a beta launch and subsequent expansion to 12 cities all on self funding, HotelTonight has closed it first round of funding, snatching $3.25 million. The round was led by Battery Ventures, including participation from Accel Partners, First Round Capital and travel industry veterans...

How New York City supports startups and promotes mobile innovation

NEW YORK CITY — To hear Kristy Sundjaja tell it, the City of New York can do a lot for the startup community. RCR Wireless News sat down with the senior director at the Center for Economic Transformation at the New York City Economic...

Visa hints at 'significant' mobile commerce plans

Will Visa Inc. (V) have any surprises in store when it adopts a mobile commerce strategy? During an earnings call, the company's CEO told analysts and investors that Visa would make a "significant" announcement about its global mobile commerce strategy as early as next...

NetQin stock tanks in public trading debut on NYSE

Beijing-based NetQin Mobile Inc.'s (NQ) stock is down almost 22% after its Thursday debut on the New York Stock Exchange.The mobile security provider's stock hit a low of $8.30 after an initial public offering price of $11.50, however stock is now hovering around $9.05...

Apple addresses location data snafu with iOS update

Two weeks after it first came to light that Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhones were potentially tracking users whereabouts in a hidden log file, Apple has released an iOS update aimed at addressing the problem and allying consumer and legislators' concerns.In the details that came...

Mobile app store revenues set to jump 77.7% this year

The combined revenue of the four major mobile application stores is projected to jump nearly 80% this year, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp. Following 2010, when Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG), Nokia Corp. (NOK) and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)...

Apple takes in half of all profits on mobile device sales worldwide

Apple Inc. (AAPL) made slight gains in market share last quarter, however more remarkably it's earning $1 out of every $2 in operating profits raked in by the eight largest device makers in the industry.While the iPhone maker increased its global mobile handset market...

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