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At the end of second quarter of 2011, we continue to see another promising result from the mobile telecommunications sector in China: the total number of 2G and 3G subscriptions surpassed 906 million (920 million if including PHS). This figure alone is larger than any other regional market as a whole, and helped to push ...

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Recently, Facebook announced that it has more than 750 million users worldwide. With such a staggering number of users, it’s hard to imagine that Facebook had only a little over 100 million users in 2008. Therefore, a study of the machinery that propelled Facebook to become the world’s no.1 social networking site can give ...

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​Did anyone notice that Groupon took a big step towards more traditional financial reporting last week? Myself I didn’t until today, when LinkedIn’s news digest pointed me to this worthy blog post on Harvard Business Review. In essence, Groupon’s change of metrics means that now it’s easier for every potential investor to see that the ...

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Interesting news from Google on the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. How will the news impact Google Wallet?

Don’t assume it will mean a massive number of Google/Motorola phones shipped ready for Google Wallet. Instead, in the short term, it accelerates the race between different mobile payment business models and will force both MNOs and ...

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Considered to be the first media tablet paired with a 4G mobile broadband network earlier this year, news comes today that RIM and mobile carrier Sprint have agreed to drop plans for a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet incorporating WiMAX.

The balance of 3G/4G-enabled PlayBook launches expected during the second half of 2011 -- including HSPA andHSPA ...

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Google has just announced that (subject to usual regulatory approvals)it will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billions in cash. Here's my first take on the news:
  • ​Intellectual property. As has been widely reported, Google’s IP assets are currently pretty weak. Continuing to develop Android without shoring up the patent portfolio might well ...

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It was announced aweek ago​ that Advent International, a private equity group, had entered into exclusive negotiations with Oberthur Group. The negotiations are focused on Advent investing to take a majority stake in Oberthur Card Systems - the part of Oberthur's business which focuses on smart cards for mobile/SIM, payment and banking, transportation, digital ...

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It's taken approximatelyeight months, but Verifone has concluded its acquisition of rival POS terminal manufacturer, Hypercom, after finallysatisfying the antitrust concerns of the US Department of Justice. Whilst much has been made of the divestiture ofHypercom'sUS arm to anas-yet unknowncompany sponsored by the private equityfirm Gores Group, there has been comparativelylittle commentary on ...

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​In the tech industry the “early adopters” have usually been viewed as bleeding edge technophiles, who just happen to have the discretionary income and/or drive/passion to purchase products at or near launch. In addition to those enamored by the technology there are others who enjoy having (and being seen with) the greatest and ...

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