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(April 9, 2002) - What do you get if you cross a Japanese telecom colossus with a massive overseas investment program that yields nothing by way of immediate return? Answer: a $15.87 billion item labeled "special losses" on your annual accounts for 2001-2. That is the largest ever charge taken by a Japanese company, save for those in the financial sector. But it is exactly what NTT, the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., unveiled this week. Fully 70% of the special losses are attributed specifically to its NTT DoCoMo mobile unit, reflecting the going south of its massive overseas investment program, conducted in alliance with NTT Communications, its long-distance and international subsidiary. NTT DoCoMo's credit rating was unaffected, however, demonstrating that no one should yet write off i-mode itself, only that the $15.87 billion investments were made, after a... (more)

Microsoft and Verizon Wireless Form Groundbreaking Alliance to Offer Superior Wireless Data Services

(June 4, 2002) - Verizon Wireless and Microsoft Corp. forged a groundbreaking strategic alliance to deliver co-developed and jointly marketed wireless data services featuring MSN® services and content, Windows® Powered devices, and enterprise solutions. As a result of the agreement, the MSN network and Verizon Wireless will deliver the most compelling wireless data services to consumers in the U.S. through a new joint service offering, while collaborating on future next-generation offerings. Verizon Wireless and Microsoft will also develop, co-brand and offer technology and servi... (more)

Wavecom Establishes Permanent Presence in China, Potentially Source of One Third of World's Mobile Phones

(October 31, 2002) - In anticipation of explosive growth in China's mobile market, Wavecom has officially opened its first representative office in Beijing's fast-emerging "Silicon Valley" district of Zhongguancun. Wavecom, a major technology partner for China's fast-growing wireless manufacturing sector, has been working with mainland Chinese customers since 1999. The new office gives Wavecom executives closer and speedier access to local customers and China's wireless communications market, particularly in northern and central parts of the country. China is the company's larges... (more)

Borland Adds i-mode Support to Worldwide Mobile Application Development for Java

(November 20, 2003) - Borland JBuilder Mobile Development for i-mode, designed to accelerate the development of mobile applications for i-mode service outside of Japan, is available now. Included in JBuilder X, and ready to download without charge for existing JBuilder 9 customers, JBuilder Mobile Development for i-mode integrates JBuilder and the NTT DoCoMo Doja 1.5 Overseas Edition SDK emulator, providing a Java-based development platform for General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)(1) based i-mode application developers worldwide. Launched in 1999 by NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan, i-mo... (more)

Philips and Hybrid Bringing 3D To You, Without The Glasses

Philips Software, in an effort to give customers a comprehensive software-based solution for running high-grade graphics, will embed Hybrid's 3D graphics technology into its J-Ware Java product for mobile devices. Customers will be able to view 3D graphics and stream various media. In addition, Philips becomes a global distributor of Hybrid's 3D graphics solutions.   Already, leading network operators, such as Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile having, are equipping their 2005 mobile devices with the Java J2... (more)