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Microsoft & Skype

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Allegedly, this morning Microsoft will announce it will buy Skype for $8.5bn. It is Microsoft’s largest investment into the digital realm so far (and a nice cash-out for the people who bailed Skype out from eBay a while ago; the valuation at the time apparently was put at $2.75bn). Besides these being big numbers (and allowing Skype not having to worry about an IPO anymore), this opens an opportunity for a new kind of animal in the communications corner of things. And here is why: Microsoft is legendarily late to…read more


Conference: Droidcon, London

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On 28 and 29 October 2010, Droidcon London will open its doors again, exploring in multiple tracks the Android ecosystem. Business, Developer, Design or SDK/API – there will be something for everyone involved or interested in the fastest growing mobile OS (and associated ecosystems) at the moment. For the main conference on Friday, the speaker line-up promises a lot of learnings and insights. I will be there telling people on how to make money on Android (hint: yes, it will involve Scoreloop‘s tools… ;-)). But you should also come and…read more


What matters: Handsets or Packages?

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It is this time again: my phone contract comes up for renewal. And – as anyone who is following this blog will know (to recap, look here), I have not been all too happy with the treatment I got from O2 UK. So today I started looking around. Given my rather fat tariff requirements, carriers normally throw in all sorts of goodies (scil. free handsets), so started there. I have an iPhone 4 and a Nexus One already, so started to see what else is out there, as there are:…read more


Orange UK on Gaming Offensive

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The UK arm of Orange, the France Telecom-owned operator that is merging with T-Mobile’s UK bit, today offered a lot of news on the mobile games side. They made an announcement on the introduction of not less than 3 different gaming services that they will be launching over the next couple of weeks: Playtomo is a social gaming service to be used within the users’ social networks (e.g. Facebook; no others were mentioned). Users can download the app (?) from Orange’s portal and then share scores etc on the social…read more


Conference: Mobile 2.0, Berlin

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It is conference season and one of the more exciting ones kicks off in Berlin this week: Mobile 2.0 opens its gates on Tuesday and boasts an exceptional line-up to look at the future of mobile. The very, very high-profile set-up of speakers includes: Olivier Laury, Content Director, Bouygues Telecom Jonathan MacDonald, Managing Director, JMA Damien Byrne, Head of Entertainment, T-Mobile Mark Curtis, CEO, Flirtomatic Amer Hasan, Sr Manager Apps & Developer Programms, Vodafone Group Alistair Hill, Analyst, Comscore Antoine Vince Stabyl, CEO, ItsMy.com Romi Parmar, CEO, The 3G Dating…read more


droidcon: Android Conference, Berlin (4 Nov 2009)

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As Android continues to roll out (at least 18 devices by year-end), the ecosystem around it starts to sprout, too. To highlight this, an Android-centered business and development-oriented conference, Droidcon, will hit Berlin on 4 November, and I will be giving a keynote on licensing models and open source (full programme here). It looks like a very exciting event, so I’d like to encourage everyone to come (there are 4 parallel tracks, so you do not have to listen to my ranting…)! Register here (and, no, I do not earn…read more


O2, Orange/T-Mobile, and now Vodafone: iPhone everywhere in the UK!

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After the news broke that Orange will add the iPhone to its roster from just before Christmas, today we read that Vodafone UK will do the same, only a little later, some time in Q1/2010. Vodafone said that not having the iPhone was basically the reason for losing 200k customers in the last quarter alone. Vodafone had previously been shipping the device in 12 other territories. With Orange and T-Mobile merging their UK operations, the new set-up which sees basically all large operators offering the device should make for some…read more