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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 6, 2009, 8:29 PM
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WIRELESS

Apple is under pressure from developers who are selling downloadable iPhone applications in competition with the company’s megasuccessful App Store, according to a published report. To use the unauthorized apps, users must download software to modify the device. An executive at one third-party provider said the software had been installed on 1.7 million iPhones. The Wall Street Journal (3/6)

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Would you pay $10 for an entire offline copy of Wikipedia, the crowdsourced encyclopedia of information that you can get on the Web for free? WikiPock, a Paris-based startup, has compressed the entire English language version of Wikipedia to under 4 gigabytes (not including images), and is selling it for mobile phones. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/06/wikipock-will-put-an-entire-copy-of-wikipedia-in-your-pocket-for-10 3/6)

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Yahoo is said to be in talks with Vodafone about the distribution of the Internet company’s mobile search product. A deal could make Yahoo mobile search the default software on phones sold by Vodafone across Europe. Vodafone’s deal with Google expires this year. (Iwantmedia 3/6, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a8PTHNIb80cI 3/5)

Research in Motion is inching closer to the launch of its own app store – the BlackBerry App World – stocked with games, social networks, personal productivity application and other gizmos RIM hopes will stave off iPhone envy. In a FAQ posting the company said the store will work with all BlackBerry smartphones running OS version 4.2.0 or higher and that paid apps will start at $2.99. (Developers can price their apps in $1 increments as long as they’re at least $2.99). (Cynopsis 3/6)

Developer MobileTribe unveiled a powerful new app for BlackBerry allowing users to blend data and address books from multiple services including Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Plaxo, Yahoo and Google. The service allows you to view email, wall posts and friends requests from these social networks as well as view pictures on flickr, Picasa, Facebook, MySpace, Orkut. (Cynopsis 3/6)

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