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WhatsApp delays launch of voice calling service to Q1 of 2015

HALF MOON BAY, Calif.--WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the over-the-top messaging app intends to launch voice calling services in the first quarter of 2015. The company, which Facebook recently finished acquiring, had initially planned to launch calling in the second quarter of 2014.

Yahoo generated $200M in mobile ad revenue in Q3, aims for growth

Yahoo is starting to generate money from its mobile business after years of lagging behind larger competitors like Google and Facebook. However, the company still has a ways to go before it can claim significant success in mobile advertising and apps.

Control of online video advertising begins to take precedence for OTT players

Over-the-top providers are apparently taking into their own hands the growth of online video advertising, with Ooyala as the latest to acquire an advertising services platform. The provider announced this week that it had entered an agreement to buy Videoplaza, which offers premium video ad serving platforms and programmatic trading to companies in the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

What app developers should do with Facebook's 'like button'

It might have been more surprising if, instead of offering app developers access to its "like" button, Facebook had provided an API for the "poke" button. A poke could mean a sort of "hello," or it could be a sort of teasing provocation. This may be exactly the spirit with which developers should think about deploying the actual "like" button into their apps and mobile games.

Facebook won't monetize WhatsApp now, but Snapchat is planning to debut ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the social networking company does not have any near-term plans to make money off of WhatsApp, the mobile messaging platform it recently acquired.  However, another popular messaging app, Snapchat, does plan to make money by launching ads.

Ello's success may be the playbook app developers should follow

Like thousands of others over the past two weeks, I submitted my e-mail address to request an invite. I'm still waiting. I periodically wonder when, and if, I will be accepted. When, and if, I finally do, I know I'll probably immediately log in and spend considerable time exploring everything about it.

Wireless in the third quarter of 2014

How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2014? Check here throughout the third-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

Facebook closes acquisition of WhatsApp, as price tag grows to $21.8B

Facebook has officially closed its acquisition of mobile messaging company WhatsApp, according to a filin g  the social networking giant made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the deal was approved on Friday by the European Commissio n).

Rumor Mill: Google planning to test OTT mobile messaging app

Google is reportedly planning to use India as a testing ground for a new over-the-top mobile messaging app that will likely launch in 2015.

Qualcomm SDK aims to boost LTE Multicast development

Qualcomm unveiled a software-development toolkit (SDK) during its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers to take advantage of LTE Multicast technology. The SDK for LTE Multicast, also called LTE Broadcast, will provide developers with a common API that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying the technology.