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Empowered consumers are changing business practices

As consumers continue to embrace smartphones, businesses are going to have to change some of their practices to continue to satisfy their customers, as well as meet their own employees' needs.At the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment 2009 show earlier this week in San...

Visto snaps up mobile e-mail technology from Motorola: Price not disclosed in spin-off of Good Technologies

Motorola Inc. will spin off its enterprise-focused mobile e-mail business just two years after entering the space.The troubled handset maker said it will sell Good Technology to Visto, a Silicon Valley-based mobile e-mail player, for an undisclosed sum. Motorola acquired Good in late 2006...

Visto looks beyond mobile e-mail

Mobile e-mail company Visto Corp. announced a major new push into the social-networking space, an effort to expand the company's offerings beyond e-mail and into various real-time information services.Specifically, Visto's new Mobile 6 product allows users to maintain connections to e-mail, social networking sites...

Visto settles with Microsoft

Wireless e-mail vendor Visto Corp. said it reached a settlement with software giant Microsoft Corp. over patent licensing, an announcement that appears to indicate another legal victory for Visto.Although the companies did not release specific terms of the deal -- typical in such agreements...

The Week in Review

Welcome to our new Friday feature, Week in Review. Every Friday, RCR Wireless News will run through the major events of the past week, outlining what happened and speculating on what to look for in the coming weeks. Check below for news about carriers,...

Visto, Seven reach patent truce

Visto Corp. managed to dispense with one of its patent-infringement battles, agreeing to license its mobile e-mail technology to Seven Networks Inc.The two Redwood City, Calif.-based startups ended their three-year legal tussle as Seven "acknowledged the validity and enforceability of Visto's patent portfolio." Visto...

Mobie search space heats up-this time over patents

It's beginning to look like all that money being poured into mobile search may end up in the pockets of patent lawyers.Shares of Local.com Corp. skyrocketed last week after the online search company said it had received a patent for ad-supported mobile search. The...

Funambol updating open source e-mail service: Move adds broader support

Funambol plans to push ahead with its open source mobile e-mail strategy this week with an upgraded version of its white-label offering for carriers.The Redwood City, Calif.-based startup is set to unveil Funambol v6, a Java-based application that pushes e-mail to wireless devices from...

Investor raises eyebrows about Visto’s path

Visto Corp. added to its already impressive coffers earlier this month, raising another $35 million in what the mobile e-mail service provider said is its final round of funding. But this time it's the investor-not the amount of cash-that's raising eyebrows.The Redwood City, Calif.-based...

Visto adds another $35M in VC funding

Wireless e-mail company Visto Corp. announced it raised another $35 million in venture-capital funding, this time scoring money from Altitude Capital Partners L.L.C. The news means that Visto has now raised close to $300 million in VC financing over the course of its nine-year...

Damages doubled in Visto win against Seven

Visto Corp. claimed victory against rival mobile e-mail service provider Seven Networks Inc. after a U.S. District Court doubled the damages from an earlier ruling.The Redwood City, Calif.-based developer said it was awarded $7.7 million by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District...

Seven flush with $42M in new funding, gains new CEO

Financiers continue to flood the white-hot-and increasingly litigious-mobile e-mail space. Specifically, white-label wireless e-mail provider Seven Networks Inc. snared $42 million in an oversubscribed round of funding. The company said undisclosed new investors joined existing backers, which include Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd., Greyloack, Ignition...

Visto rakes in another $51M in funding, adds ex-AOL chief to board

Visto Corp. will have no trouble paying its lawyer fees. The mobile e-mail service provider raked in another $51 million this week in a funding round led by Oak Investment Partners. The haul follows a $70 million round that closed last November; Visto is...

Worst of the Week: Mobile ESPN (Eliminate Service Plan Now)

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR Wireless News to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the...

Visto rakes in another $51M in funding, adds ex-AOL chief to board

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Visto Corp. will have no trouble paying its lawyer fees. The mobile e-mail service provider raked in another $51 million this week in a funding round led by Oak Investment Partners. The haul follows a $70 million round that closed last November;...

Open standards to steer mobile e-mail’s future

Research In Motion Ltd. will likely continue to dominate the high-end mobile e-mail market, according to Strategy Analytics. But the growing number of open-standard service providers will drive the market in the long term, the market research firm predicted. The BlackBerry maker's market share...

Funambol banking on open source to navigate wireless e-mail maze

While a handful of mobile e-mail service providers seem most at ease in the courtroom, Fabrizio Capobianco is comfortable on the tightrope. Capobianco is chief executive officer of Funambol Inc., a Redwood City, Calif.-based software developer that offers a mobile push e-mail service based...

Good adds Lotus Domino support

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Good Technology Inc. unveiled the IBM Lotus Domino version of its e-mail service, making good on a year-old vow to support the popular enterprise software. Good Mobile Messaging, which is slated to ship in July, will include continuous two-way, push-based wireless synchronization...

Visto to enter Chinese push e-mail market

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Visto Corp. entered mobile e-mail fray in China as it announced it would join a Chinese partner in providing push e-mail service to enterprises and professionals in the world’s largest mobile market. The California company will join Lenovo Chinaweal System & Service...

RIM wins InPro lawsuit

WATERLOO, Ontario—A U.S. appeals court ruled in favor of Research In Motion Ltd. in the company’s patent case with InPro II Licensing S.a.r.l., according to RIM. InPro filed a claim against RIM in 2003 that alleged the Blackberry maker infringed upon patents having to...

Visto sets its sights on RIM patent infringements

Mobile e-mail continues to be a largely untapped market, but the patent litigation industry in wireless is alive and well. Visto Corp.'s lawyers mobilized once again last week as the developer set its sites on Research In Motion Ltd., claiming the BlackBerry maker is...

RIM attorneys fire back at Visto

WATERLOO, Ontario—Research In Motion Ltd. kept its patent attorneys busy this week, filing a countersuit against fellow mobile e-mail service provider Visto Corp. The BlackBerry maker took all of one business day to fire back against Visto, seeking a declaration from a federal court...

Visto trumps Seven in courtroom, turns focus to RIM

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.—Fresh from a courtroom victory against Seven Networks, Visto Corp. is setting its sights on a much bigger competitor—Research In Motion Ltd. A jury in the federal court for the Eastern District of Texas Friday awarded Visto a $3.6 million judgment, finding...

NTP’s next move likely to defend patent claims

Congratulations. You've just been awarded $612.5 million. But if you're NTP Inc., you're probably not headed to Disneyland. Instead, the company likely is going back to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to defend its claims-patents that some call worthless but that just reaped...

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