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Playboy “is all about the brand,” says interim CEO Jerome Kern, who plans to extend that brand into other platforms, such as mobile-phone wallpaper. While the print magazine is “important,” he adds, “the company cannot continue to sustain significant losses.” (Iwantmedia 5/14, http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/chi-wed_phil_column_0513may13,0,1816984.column 5/13)

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YouTube can now be widely accessed through an application on most Window Mobile and Nokia S60 devices. You can visit m.youtube.com from your phone to download the app. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/20/youtube-mobile-tweaked-for-windows-mobile-and-nokia-phones 3/20)

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Verizon Communications has developed an Internet phone, dubbed the Hub, that goes beyond current IP-based devices by delivering video and information-based features — compatible with its wireless network — to the home. Designed to retain wireline customers, Verizon Wireless will sell the Hub at its outlets for $199 — with a contract and rebate — plus a $35 monthly fee, according to the company. The Wall Street Journal (1/23)

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One if five U.S. phone households will rely on solely on their mobile phones for telecommunications by the end of 2008 as consumers look to eliminate superfluous expenses, according to a new study from Nielsen. U.S. “cord cutters” tend to have lower income levels, live in smaller households (1 or 2 residents) and tend to make the transition to living without a landline after a move or a job change. (Cynopsis 9/18)

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August 21, 2008, 10:42 PM
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Motorola is following up on its pledge to introduce 50 new devices this year with the rollout of a pair of low-end handsets, a cameraphone for music lovers for under $100 and a basic 3G model that will cost less than $250, the company said. Both phones will launch first in Asia before making their U.S. debut by September. Reuters (8/20)

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T-Mobile USA unleashes its $149.99 Sidekick 2008 today, its answer to the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 and the first upgrade of the series since Microsoft purchased Danger, the device’s software designer. A hit with teens because of its advanced messaging features, Sidekick lets users customize the exterior through painted-on “shells,” retains the swiveling screen, offers expanded Bluetooth capabilities, a 2-megapixel camera and a 400 x 240 2.6-inch WQVGA screen. MobileBurn (7/30) , PC Magazine (7/29) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (7/30)

LG will become the first cell phone manufacturer to embed Dolby Mobile technology into its hardware on a global scale, the companies announced. LG said it would begin developing high-end multimedia handsets with Dolby Mobile’s features, with plans to release them by year-end. Pocket-lint.co.uk (7/30)

Service revenue from wireless-broadband technologies will reach $784 billion worldwide by 2015 as 2.1 billion people will have access to these services, according to a report from Analysys Mason. The firm said that during this time period, the HSPA and HSPA+ broadband technologies will retain a market share of 54% despite the development of LTE and WiMAX alternatives. cellular-news (U.K.) (7/30)

Verizon Wireless has added to its push-to-talk capabilities with the introduction of two phones that mark the company’s first foray into mixing VoIP with CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A technologies. The Motorola-built PTT solution — equipped on Motorola’s Adventure V750 model and the G’zOne Boulder — features quicker call setup and increased call capacity amid other upgrades, Verizon Wireless said. TWICE (7/29)

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Cell phones are not just for texting and chatting anymore. The ubiquitous devices now are becoming highly sophisticated mobile-gaming platforms as major firms such as Activision and Electronic Arts come out with mobile versions of their most popular games. “Guitar Hero” for mobile phones, for instance, has quickly been rising in the gaming ranks, according to M:Metrics. (The New York Times 7/17)

As of May, Guitar Hero’s mobile version ranked ninth among top-selling games.

With an assist from MediaFLO USA, ESPN has launched EXPN, a mobile video channel that will serve up coverage of the cable sports network’s X Games. The channel, available to those who have the AT&T Mobile TV and Verizon Wireless V CAST Mobile TV, will air 31 hours of live coverage of the event, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 3. (World Screen News 7/16, RCR Wireless News 7/16)

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