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Final Four could boost data usage this weekend

As Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky and Kansas head to college basketball's Final Four this weekend, millions of fans will be compulsively following each point and play on their smartphones and tablets.  A recent survey by Motricity found smartphones and tablets connect fans to their...

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...

Movers & Shakers: FCC appoints new council; NVIDIA's new execs; and more

The IABM announced that Joe Zaller will serve as the association's North American market development officer. Prior to founding Devoncroft Partners, strategic marketing and market research for digital media, he served as vice president of corporate development at Snell & Wilcox (now Snell). Current...

With losses ongoing, Motricity stock takes a beating

Motricity Inc. (MOTR) stock is down more than 53% after the company announced a $4.3 million loss in the recently closed quarter. While the company narrowed its losses from $11.6 million in the year-ago period, Wall Street continues to hammer the company for its...

Movers & Shakers: Everything Everywhere's new CEO; Motricity adds new CMO; and more

Everything Everywhere Ltd announced the appointment of Olaf Swantee as Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Tom Alexander who has resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests. Tom will step down from his post as CEO on 31st August 2011, but will...

Capital Markets: America Movil acquires StarOne; Motricity buys mobile advertising firm; and more

Motricity announced it has completed its acquisition of Adenyo, a mobile advertising, marketing, and analytics solutions provider with operations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Motricity’s integration of Adenyo’s capabilities into its software as a service platform, mCore, significantly expands the company’s solution...

Partnerships: Singtel and Chunghwa Telecom launch satellite; Virgin Media and Motricity; and more

Savtira Corporation, provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions, announced its participation in the ng Connect Program. The ng Connect Program is the multi-industry initiative driving the development of next generation broadband services and technologies based on LTE and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. Virgin...

Virgin Media to use Motricity content-delivery solution

Motricity Inc. (MOTR) won a contract from Virgin Media Inc. (VMED), to use Motricity's MobileCast solution to support Virgin smartphone users. The service is designed to help Virgin Media mobile users easier access content, as well as allow users to manage their content...

Motricity acquires Adenyo for $100M

Motricity Inc. (MOTR) has inked a deal to acquire Adenyo for $100 million in cash and stock.The Toronto-based mobile marketing, advertising and analytics firm has a stable of clients, including major brands and media companies, that Motricity will likely try to leverage. But the...

Partnerships: Argela chooses Picochip technology; AT&T, Elster team on Smart Grid; and more

Telecom solutions company Argela selected Picochip as the core technology supplier for its femtocell developments. Argela will use Picochip's femtocell technology in products including a residential femtocell with home-zone applications as well as femtocell solutions for enterprise, metro and rural deployments.AT&T and Elster,...

Partnerships: Celcom chooses Motricity solution; Airbiquity partners with Bosch; and more

Motricity said it has been chosen by Celcom, a 3G operator in Maylasia, to provide its mCore Platform so that Celcom's subscribers can experience a personalized mobile Internet browsing experience. Motricity's solutions allow Celcom to design, configure, customize and implement personalized mobile data experiences.Airbiquity...

Bits and Bytes: LightSquared forms emergency team; RadiSys launches LTE gateway; and more

LightSquared announced the formation of an Emergency Rapid Response Communications Team that will be available to deploy to emergency and disaster locations throughout North America. The team will be able to provide on-call mobile satellite communications services, personnel and equipment for emergency support to...

Motricity offers real-time, zero-touch content and services to smart phones

Motricity today launched its mCore MobileCast platform, designed to help operators deliver relevant content and services to end users’ smartphones in a real-time, zero-touch environment. “Smartphone user now have access to more content, applications, goods and services than ever before, but it’s often...

Seven mobile content companies settle class actions

Without admitting wrongdoing, seven mobile-content companies have settled a series of class-action lawsuits in a circuit court in Chicago.Flycell Inc., Glomobi, Mobilefunster Inc., Thumbplay Inc., WebAMG Holdings, Glispa L.L.C. and Motricity Inc. were accused of charging wireless subscribers for content without clear authorization. As...

Analyst Angle: Data traffic growth drives the content delivery platform (CDP) market: As mobile data traffic explodes, operators will increasingly turn to CDPs to manage—and profit from—it.

The torch has been passed: Mobile data traffic now surpasses voice and it will continue to grow indefinitely. As a consequence, operators need to find ways to not only support this new wave of traffic, but also profit from it as well. Content delivery...

Alliances: Harris, NSN team for LTE solution; Qualcomm partners in India; and more

Harris Corp. (HRS) and Nokia Siemens Networks have teamed up to develop an LTE network solution targeted at public-safety markets. The VIDA Broadband LTE solution is a complete 700 MHz Broadband Long Term Evolution network solution that includes NSN's LTE technology and is...

Motricity boosts deal with Verizon Wireless in run-up to IPO

Leading up to its initial public offering last month, which raised about $60 million, Motricity Inc. (MOTR) has successfully renewed its deal with Verizon Wireless (VZ), according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The agreement for WAP 2.0 hosting, which dates...

Firms weigh in on the mobile internet

A panel discussion including representatives from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and mobile tech developer Motricity, at CommunicAsia in Singapore touched on why the mobile internet was so important and what the various firms are doing to make sure they don't miss the mobile boat.

Partnerships: Capital Semiconductor and InterDigital and more

Capital Semiconductor Ltd. and InterDigital Inc. entered a strategic relationship for third-generation technology transfer and a mutually beneficial licensing agreement. The deal calls for InterDigital's SlimChip modem core to be integrated into CapiSemi's chips for 3G mobile devices.Indonesian operator XL...

Palm’s new store offers 10 times more apps than Android Market: Software Store relies on 1,500 wireless application developers

Palm Inc. joined the application-store bandwagon, launching a downloadable storefront with 5,000-plus offerings for more than two dozen Palm devices.The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based outfit opened the Software Store (available at http://software.palm.com/appstore), showcasing high-profile applications (Facebook, Pac-Man, Tetris) as well as lesser-known products. The store is...

Understanding the mobile animal: Who are they and why do they mobilize as they do?

SAN FRANCISCO -- We know that mobile data is the key to unlocking future profits in the wireless industry.So, like the blind man describing an elephant by touch alone, the industry must use whatever tools of perception it has at hand to understand the...

Yahoo wins AT&T Mobility search placement: Internet giant replaces InfoSpace as vendor

Yahoo Inc. will serve as AT&T Mobility's on-deck search vendor, and will aggregate both Internet information as well as listings from the carrier's content catalogue - including ringtones, wallpaper and games - into its search results. Yahoo replaces InfoSpace Inc. as AT&T Mobility's search...

Bowman emerges from Motricity’s shadow with D2C biz

Motricity's troubles continue; the company announced it lost a leader and sold off a chunk of its business. The mobile content and content infrastructure company sold its smartphone and direct-to-consumer businesses to Motricity co-founder Jud Bowman's entity, shortly after his resignation from the company's...

Motricity exec takes over Sprint Nextel network operations

The turbulence continued for Motricity Inc. as COO Steve Elfman said he will move to Sprint Nextel Corp.Elfman had overseen InfoSpace Inc.'s mobile business unit and was named COO in the wake of Motricity's acquisition of the Seattle-area company. He will assume the new...

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