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Apple Seal 10 Percent Rev Share With European Mobile Operators

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T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the UK will each give up 10 percent of their revenue from calls and data transfers to secure exclusive rights to sell the Apple iPhone in their respective countries. The operators are set to officially announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin commencing August 31st.

Apple’s success in securing such a deal is unprecedented – industry experts expect other handset manufacturers to begin pushing the same boundaries – a bargaining platform strongly resisted by operators in the past.

But all is not one-way traffic – mobile business chiefs are said to have petitioned for talks with Steve Jobs to discuss the contracts

Mobile Document Service Has Hidden Agenda

Cloudprint, a development from the Hewlett-Packard Labs, will make it possible to store and share [previously spooled] documents from your mobile phone. At face value any form of mobile computing seems like a practical solution – but the hidden agenda is not a shade of green – more black, cyan, magenta and yellow.

Generally speaking the service will be useful. Users will first “print” their documents to online servers, which in turn will release a document code to the user’s mobile device. The code can then be used at any time, from any Internet-enabled location, to retrieve the documents – saved as PDF files.

Great! I can hear the crys from Friends of the Earth – it will encourage a paperless environment and will help to cut down on energy consumption by avoiding unnecessary printing. Or will it?

Are mobile consumers about to see the name Google on their credit card statements?

Recent reports from the WSJ Online and the Times Online suggest that Google may position themselves as mobile middlemen – provisioning content discovery through a new search platform (similar to their desktop Product Search – formerly known as Froogle) as well as the mobile transaction itself in a ‘gateway style’ solution.

Personally I can’t see it. Facilitator of Mobile Web growth and capitilisation of ad placement yes, but Google – organisers of the world’s information – an insurance broker – nah!

Of course, the success of mobile contextual advertising is totally dependent on the mass adoption of the Mobile Web. And sure as eggs are eggs, Google is gearing up in every which way possible to make it happen. Having spent months working with content providers it is clearly evident that they are seeking to index as much content as possible and find new ways to engage the mobile audience – but IMO with one goal – to underpin their advertising model.

Facebook & Netvibes For iPhone Now Available

If you’re an owner of Apple’s new iPhone, you might be interested to learn that you can now take your social networking with you.

TechCrunch scores the scoop on new services from Facebook and Netvibes, and it’s enough to make me want to buy an iPhone myself.

First up, Facebook for the iPhone. Here’s what Arrington has to say

“The site uses javascript to avoid page refreshes, although there is still some lag in moving around the site (this is an iPhone issue). The main navigation tabs – Home, Profile, Friends and Inbox – are at the top of the site. Click on any person and see their profile, wall or photos via a horizontally scrolling interface.”

Next, we have Netvibes for the iPhone. Arrington believes it can make a handy RSS reader.

Yahoo Local Gets a New Look

I’m digging–as in loving, not submitting to Digg–Yahoo Local’s fresh new look and content. The site has undergone a huge facelift and just seems a lot more useful.

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Here’s what you get with the new interface:

  • Quickly change tabs from City Guide (similar to CitySearch), to My Local (for your favorite items), to the local Directory listings.
  • The City Guide has a central section that lets you pick from four different types of featured content: Most Popular, Events (from Upcoming), Maps and Buzz.
  • Lots of other cool content such as local groups, traffic, wi-fi hotspots, and a weekend guide.

It’s no wonder Yahoo’s portals are helping it beat out Google for customer satisfaction. ;-)

So, what do you think of the new look?

Google Maps Already Available for Blogs!

It seems a few bloggers are getting excited about the upcoming launch of Google Maps for web sites. The new feature–launching next week–will allow you to embed a Google Map into any web site or blog. It will work in a similar way as embedding a YouTube video.

“To embed a Google Map, users will simply pull up the map they want to embed–it can be a location, a business, series of driving directions, or a My Map they have created–and then click ‘Link to this page’ and copy and paste the HTML into their Web site or blog,” the spokeswoman said.

hawaii-mapIf you can’t wait until next week, and use WordPress, there’s a great plugin that does all of this and more for you. The Geo Mashup plugin is easy to install and allows you to link your blog posts to a Google Map and let your readers actually “see” the corresponding location.

Copyright Suit for Using Your Face on Google Maps?

The LA Times informs us that Google has added new cities to its “Street View” photos.

The Internet company late Monday began incorporating street-level photos from Los Angeles, San Diego and some Orange County cities into its Google Maps program. The additions expanded an online service that thrilled some digital-map buffs and freaked out privacy advocates when it launched in May in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and three other cities.

Many privacy advocates have called for Google to blur out the faces of anyone caught in one of their photos. But what if someone tried to teach Google a lesson?