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Alltel, content vendors nailed with class action over billing

A class-action lawsuit filed against Alltel Corp. accuses the regional mobile-phone carrier of adding unauthorized charges on subscribers' monthly bills.The suit focuses on the relationships between Alltel and third-party mobile content providers and billing aggregators such as m-Qube Inc., a unit of VeriSign Inc."Alltel...

Suits allege texting games on ‘Apprentice,’ other TV shows violate lottery rule

For a few seasons, it looked like TV producers had tapped into the mobile mint of premium text messaging as they encouraged viewers to win money by voting for their least favorite Donald Trump wannabe or enter other contests via cellphone. But those kinds...

Mobile ad firms aim to improve end-user experience

There's no shortage of companies looking to cash in by placing billboards on the mobile information superhighway. But a few of them are also working to smooth the surface of the road itself.Quattro Wireless is the latest player in the wireless advertising game, coming...

Quattro: Another mobile ad firm dives into crowded waters

Two former executives from m-Qube are joining the crowded mobile advertising field with startup Quattro Wireless.The new company, which was founded late last year but came out of stealth mode this week, hopes to help publishers create mobile Web sites that offer compelling content...

VeriSign financials get boost from mobile content

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Shares of VeriSign Inc. lost ground despite a rebound in the company's mobile content business during the second quarter. The network infrastructure and wireless content company said its Jamster and Jamba businesses generated a combined $74 million during the recent quarter, with...

VeriSign financials get boost from mobile content

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Shares of VeriSign Inc. lost ground despite a rebound in the company's mobile content business during the second quarter. The network infrastructure and wireless content company said its Jamster and Jamba businesses generated a combined $74 million during the recent quarter, with...

Hands-On diving into mobile marketing arena

SAN FRANCISCO—Wireless game-maker Hands-On Mobile Inc. has created a new division in an effort to tap the booming mobile marketing space. The publisher, formerly known as Mforma, is joining a field that seems to get more crowded by the day. Wireless storefront operators and...

MBlox to emerge from infrastructure shadows with $175M buy into content

MBlox is rumored to be looking to expand both its global footprint and its business plan with a $175 million acquisition of content provider LaNetro Zed. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based mobile data and billing services provider declined to discuss the buyout, but industry sources say...

Amdocs to acquire Qpass for $275M

Software developer and billing platform provider Amdocs Ltd. plans to enter the digital transaction space with a $275 million buyout of Seattle-based Qpass Inc. Qpass' technology facilitates content sourcing, merchandising, delivery and billing across mobile, Voice over Internet Protocol and Wi-Fi networks. Amdocs said...

Amdocs to acquire Qpass for $275M

ST. LOUIS—Software developer and billing platform provider Amdocs Ltd. plans to enter the digital transaction space with a $275 million buyout of Seattle-based Qpass Inc. Qpass’ technology facilitates content sourcing, merchandising, delivery and billing across mobile, VoIP and Wi-Fi networks. Amdocs said the all-cash...

VeriSign extends further into mobile marketing with m-Qube purchase

Money continued to pour into the mobile marketing space last week as VeriSign Inc. inked an agreement to shell out $250 million in cash for wireless messaging and content services provider m-Qube Inc. M-Qube powers mobile storefronts and marketing campaigns for media companies and...

Mobile Marketing Association updates best practices

BOULDER, Colo.—The Mobile Marketing Association revised its "consumer best practices," updating the guidelines to include chat services, interactive television and viral and affiliate marketing. The rules are designed to establish a standard, efficient platform for brands, advertisers and carriers looking to market to wireless...

VeriSign buys into mobile marketing with $250 million m-Qube purchase

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—VeriSign Inc. continued its spending spree, inking an agreement to shell out $250 million in cash for mobile messaging and content services provider m-Qube Inc. M-Qube powers mobile storefronts and marketing campaigns for media companies and major brands including Sony Pictures, Warner...

Nickelodeon launches Nick Mobile portal

NEW YORK-TV channel Nickelodeon said it was partnering with m-Qube to launch its Nick Mobile portal that will allow wireless users to download directly ringtones, wallpapers and text-messaging services to their cell phones. Nickelodeon said the mobile portal will draw content from its most...

Nickelodeon launches Nick Mobile portal

NEW YORK-TV channel Nickelodeon said it was partnering with m-Qube to launch its Nick Mobile portal that will allow wireless users to download directly ringtones, wallpapers and text-messaging services to their cell phones.Nickelodeon said the mobile portal will draw content from its most popular...

M-Qube scores $10M in funding

BOSTON-M-Qube Inc., a mobile channel enabler, announced it secured $10 million in new financing in a round led by HarbourVest Partners L.L.C. Existing investors also participated in the funding.The financing will be used to support company growth and strategic acquisitions, said the company.

Content Briefs

Verizon Wireless announced an agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment Properties to broadcast concert footage of Velvet Revolver, Avril Lavigne, the Moody Blues and other artists. The carrier added a channel to its Vcast service that will feature rotating performances from shows around the nation...

Nestle promotes Nesquick with mobile texting

BOSTON-Mobile marketing company m-Qube said it has teamed with Nestle Nesquick for an integrated mobile promotion to attract teen-agers and young adults.The promotion includes an instant-win game that allows customers to text in a game code printed on Nesquick packages to see if they...

M-Qube enters content pact with MLB

NEW ORLEANS-M-Qube and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, launched mobile Web storefronts for all 30 MLB teams to bring fans club content for their wireless phones. The announcement was made at the CTIA show.M-Qube...

24/7 teams with Vindigo for wireless advertising

NEW YORK-Interactive marketing company 24/7 Real Media Inc. and wireless content vendor Vindigo announced an innovative teaming that will add advertisements to Vindigo's WAP pages."As the leading provider of mobile media, Vindigo is poised to capitalize on the burgeoning market of mobile advertising," said...

Gay community content goes mobile with m-Qube announcements

PlanetOut Inc. will team with mobile technology company m-Qube Inc. to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender content to wireless phones.Boston-based m-Qube will develop and distribute Gay.com and PlanetOut content and subscription services including news, ringtones, images, games and access to community-themed information services...

‘Blinded by science,’ advances made in mobile music software

When it comes to mobile music, few people have the perspective of Thomas Dolby Robertson. The singer/songwriter-turned-software developer used last week's MobileMusiCon to launch his latest offering, a Web-based software application for ringtone creators and wireless carriers. RetroFolio 1.0 allows music producers, copyright owners...

Procter & Gamble launches mobile marketing campaign

Procter & Gamble has teamed with M-Qube Inc., a mobile marketing company, to market P&G's Herbal Essences line of beauty products, the companies announced Tuesday.As part of a new marketing campaign, P&G launched an online storefront that allows consumers to download beauty-related ring tones,...

Madonna embraces wireless with mobile storefront

LOS ANGELES-Madonna fans can download ring tones, images and other licensed mobile content from the singer's official Web without credit cards.The artist-driven mobile storefront, powered by M-Qube and believed to be the first of its kind, enables users to enter their mobile numbers and...

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