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"Based on frank responses from operators throughout the world, our Board understands that members are being 'forced away' from the OMA DRM standards by this unworkable licensing scheme," said Craig Ehrlich, Chairman of the GSM Association (GSMA), as the GSMA called Thursday for an immediate review of the current licensing program proposed by MPEG LA and the companies involved in this patent pool, for use of the Open Mobile Alliance's (OMA) Digital Rights Management (DRM) 1.0 standard. Speaking on behalf of the GSMA's Board, CEO and Board Member Rob Conway stated that the GSMA's Board had recognized that there was significant discontent for the terms of the licensing scheme as proposed by MPEG LA - describing the regime as "impractical, excessive and short-sighted." The GSMA believes that members not only view the 'per device' fee, as proposed by MPEG LA, as unreasona... (more)

Google Ramps Up Its Mobile Reach: Launches "Mobile Web Search"

To add to last month's new Google Local service enabling people to connect to information from their mobile phones or wireless device, Google has now launched what it's calling "search in the palm of your hand." Google Mobile, says the search giant, "makes it easy to access online information — over 8 billion pages and a billion images — on your cell phone or mobile device." You can also search more than a billion images and get the one you need on your phone with Google Image Search. The technology works only with sites that use XHTML, rather than traditional HTML, t... (more)

"iPods Will Ship Soon With Bluetooth Technology," Says Apple Exec

The net is abuzz with expectation as the world's first "wireless iPod" seems to be a step closer after a radio interview given to Radio France by Motorola's manager for automobile products. A report in The Register warns against over-excitement, however, noting that "we're not much wiser than we were before" since already in April 2003 Apple filed a patent that indicated it was thinking along these lines AppleInsider - from who The Reg got the tipoff - noted: "It's unclear if the device is Apple or Motorola-based." Should it be called the "BluePod" (since Motorola's Bogdan Nedelcou s... (more)

Skype Voicemail and Skype for Windows v1.3 Released

"We're pleased to offer Skype Voicemail as an affordable premium enhancement to the more than 42 million Skype users around the world," said Niklas Zennström, CEO and co-founder of Skype, as his company today launched Skype Voicemail. Skype Voicemail allows you to continually maintain your Skype availability and ubiquity, even while offline, Zennström (pictured below) explained. "As we continue to enhance the Skype offering, we expand Skype's benefits to users and deliver more potential in modern communication and colloboration," he added. First available in beta in April 2005, Sk... (more)

Katrina: Cingular Wireless Establishes "Cingular Cares" Initiative

"Our hearts have been touched by devastation left by Hurricane Katrina," said Cingular Wireless president and CEO Stan Sigman (pictured), as Cingular Wireless yesterday announced a multi-pronged approach to raising millions of dollars to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to assist its own employees who have been affected by the disaster. Among the efforts by Cingular: Establishment of the Cingular Cares Initiative The program will provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina and will also establish a sustainable fund for providing assistance for fu... (more)