Eight major technology companies, including mobile heavyweights Apple, Google and Microsoft, launched a public campaign to reform government surveillance efforts, which could also help restore their customers' trust after widespread disclosures of snooping by the National Security Agency.
Including more Internet companies in the GSMA membership would get the carriers out of an insular mindset that treats over-the-top players as enemies. On the flipside, social networking and media distribution companies would benefit from having a seat at the table with wireless carriers.
Social networking giant Facebook joined the GSMA, signaling its intentions to become more deeply enmeshed in not only mobile devices but the standards and policy issues facing wireless carriers and vendors.
Facebook reported sharp increases in the number of mobile users accessing the social networking site in the third quarter as well as a bump in mobile advertising revenue. However, the company's shares fell after it said it did not plan to boost the frequency of ads shown to users.
BlackBerry executives visited Facebook last week to see if the social networking giant had any interest in a potential bid for the company, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Madrid-based Fon, which encourages users to share their Wi-Fi router signal with others in exchange for free access to other Fon hotspots around the world, jumped into the U.S. market with a new router that accepts Facebook credentials in lieu of a password.
Global mobile advertising spend will surpass $39 billion (€28.3 billion) in 2018, up from $13 billion (€8.7 billion) this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
Since the news broke last week that Facebook was acquiring Onavo for an undisclosed sum, there has been plenty of speculation about how the startup might play a role in the social networking giant's future ambitions. Onavo is a developer of apps designed to help smartphone users understand how much data apps are taking up on their smartphones and then compress that data.
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Facebook acquired Israeli startup Onavo (a 2012 Fierce 15 winner), which helps iOS and Android users reduce the amount of data they consume via their apps. The acquisition fits with Facebook's larger mission of bringing Internet access to developing markets via mobile devices and services.