South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

Myriad launches mobile social networking services with Telefonica in Latin America

Myriad Group AG last week announced Telefónica Movistar has launched Myriad Social Network Services, marking the first phase of Myriad's 5-year partnership with Telefónica to provide social networking to its 13 mobile operations across Latin America. 



As part of the commercial launch, Telefónica Movistar customers can now, for the first time, quickly access their social networks, viewing all their friends' latest messages while updating their own status across all of their social network communities simultaneously via one mobile screen.
 

Telehealth receives support of CMS in final rule

ATA lauds CMS's support of telemedicine

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a statement in support of telemedicine by streamlining the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers delivering services to Medicare hospitals. By simplifying how hospitals and non-hospital providers privilege doctors who remotely treat patients, CMS has lowered the administrative burden of delivering telehealth and telemedicine services.

Telit launches worldwide smallest 2G module with integrated A-GPS receiver

M2M specialist adds GPS functionality to established GE864 family

M2M specialist Telit Wireless Solutions last week announced the release of the GE864-GPS. The new quad band module is the smallest, and most efficient GSM/GPRS M2M module on the market with embedded GPS receiver in a compact BGA form factor, according to Telit's press release. The combined solution is especially suited for highly integrated positioning solutions in automotive, tracking or security applications requiring 2G network connectivity in a very small footprint.

Multi-Tech and Sprint to offer data plan with developer's kits for M2M development

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications solutions provider Multi-Tech Systems today announced a partnership with Sprint to offer a 90 day data plan with its Cellular Development Platform (CDP), an all-in-one hardware and OpenEmbedded Linux development environment. This is intended to simplify the development process while significantly reducing costs and time to market. For a limited time, the Sprint models of the Multi-Tech CDP Developer Kits are available for $299 and include 90 days of Sprint network access.

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto deploy BMW telematics for emergency call service

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto today announced that BMW automobile is embedding their Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution in its latest car models to enable emergency call (eCall) services. Deutsche Telekom is the first network operator whose automotive MFF-SIMs solutions are built into an industrial product series.

Budget increases on online video, mobile video outpace all other online categories, says study

Online video advertising services provider BrightRoll today released its third annual Online Video Advertising Report. The report includes new data that shows planned spending on online video is growing faster than all other online categories, with dollars being re-allocated in large part from TV and display ad budgets.

Monetizing mobile video with policy control

Mobile video offers opportunities for operators to earn new revenue, but strains network bandwidth. Learn how policy control or policy and charging rules function (PCRF) is being used to help operators deliver mobile video effectively.

Rise of e-book readers to result in decline of book publishing business

IHS

Marking a major inflection point, the book publishing industry has entered a period of long-term decline because of the rising sales of e-book readers, new IHS iSuppli research indicates.

Book revenue for U.S. publishers, including both e-books and paper books, will decrease at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3 percent from 2010 to 2014.

This marks a shift from the previous period of 2005 to 2010, when revenue grew slightly. 

Green light for diesel gensets

Mobile network operators go green off grid with diesel gensets

Bringing global mobile communications to communities in remote locations comes at a price, not the least being the cost of providing off-grid power supplies to "last mile" base transceiver stations (BTSs). That the diesel genset, with its track record of reliability and longevity, still remains the most practical solution is indicated by projected off-grid BTS deployment figures for the next two years. What's more, diesel gensets are becoming greener and are set to play a major role in ensuring stable, continuous power supplies -- whatever the weather -- alongside solar and wind power generation systems.

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