News In Brief: Apple, commScore, Velocm, Huawei, Turkcell, IGN, Aircell
Apple is reportedly launching its multimedia tablet in March, after unveiling the device on January 27 at an event in San Francisco.
commscore has teamed with mobile application analytics provider Flurry to launch a joint mobile application audience measurement service. The service will offer insights on the usage of applications across mobile platforms including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Belarus based carrier Velcom has received confirmation of the frequency allocation for its 3G network rollout. The carrier is preparing for its network launch in Q1 2010 with vendor Nokia Siemens Networks.
Huawei lifted its 2009 revenue 17.5% to $21.5 billion – a much reduced growth rate from the 43% the company experienced in 2008, but still a strong result during the economic crisis.
Turkish mobile carrier, Turkcell has been fined TRY36.1 million (€16.5 million) by the Competition Commission for alleged anti-competitive behaviour over creating de facto exclusivity for companies seeking to sell mobile content and marketing services to its subscribers. The carrier is has rejected the claims and is seeking legal action.
News Corp.'s IGN Entertainment has sold its movie review and content aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes to rival Flixster. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, although IGN will receive a minority equity stake in Flixter as part of the deal. The deal should result in a combined audience of around 30 million monthly visitors, and offer a database of half a million reviews from critics alongside 2.3 billion user-generated ratings and reviews.
Indian mobile operator Aircel will today launch India's first mobile app store - beating its larger rival, Bharti Airtel, to the punch. Aircel's app store has been developed in co-operation with software developer Infosys, which will provide the IT backbone and developer SDKs, the Economic Times reported. The store will offer both free and paid apps targeted at Indian customers.