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Telefonica joins with Microsoft to woo developers

European carrier Telefónica joined forces with Microsoft on Monday, in a bid to make developers feel more love from the carrier camp. José Valles, head of Telefónica’s BlueVia developer programme, openly admitted that operators had not had the best relationship with developers in the past before proclaiming that all that is about to change.

HP to use cloud as driver for webOS PCs, printers, phones

Leo Apotheker, the head honcho of Palm owner HP, has expanded on his plans to push the webOS platform by pre-installing it on every PC the vendor ships and cloud-enabling the company’s strategy.

Interoute pushes video calling into the cloud

European backbone network operator Interoute has acquired its own video conferencing operation in the form of Scandinavia’s Visual Conference Group (VCG). The bolt on adds fully managed video conferencing and telepresence services to Interoute’s portfolio.

T-Mobile kills Danger

T-Mobile USA has said it will launch a new 4G Sidekick device that runs on Android “soon.” The move marks the end of the road for Danger, Microsoft’s client-server platform that features on the device; having continued to support the service following its withdrawal of the handset last year, T-Mobile announced yesterday that it would be switching off its Danger servers by the end of May 2011.

Telefónica Spain debuts cloud services from fonYou

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has launched a cloud-based telephony offering, giving users access to a second number and a range of services, including visual voicemail, call registers and advanced call screening. Spanish cloud player fonYou supplied the Online Mobile Telephony platform on which the services are based.

Motorola, HTC in the hunt to be Android’s answer to iTunes

At a time when speculation that both Google and Apple are preparing to launch cloud-based music services is rife, Motorola Mobility Ventures has announced the investment of an unspecified sum into Catch Media, a cloud-based content delivery service that last year, was rumoured to be part of Google’s plans to take on Apple in the online music space.

WAC closer to commercialisation

On its first anniversary, the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), the alliance designed to build an open platform for delivering applications to all mobile phone users, finally announced its commercial launch. But is the operator-led app store initiative too late to the party?

Ericsson gets on cloud with Akamai

As Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on Monday morning, Ericsson chief Hans Vestberg identified one of the event’s hottest topics – the cloud – announcing a new focus on the technology as the last part of the “connected society”.

ALU announces “the end of the base station”

Alcatel Lucent has launched a new range of network technology products that it claims will revolutionise mobile networks, dispensing with the need for traditional base stations and masts.

Deutsche Telekom puts wind behind cloud services firm

Deutsche Telekom’s venture capital arm, T-Venture, and partnership investor Creathor Venture, have invested “several million Euro” into cloud services enabler Netbiscuits, helping the firm enhance its offering in the USA and Europe.

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