News In Brief: NTT DoCoMo, Zynga, Android,IBM, Alca-Lu, At&T
NTT DoCoMo and Fujitsu have announced the development of technologies to quickly and accurately detect "silent failures” in IP networks.
Social games publisher and creator of ‘Farmville’, Zynga, has secured US$180 million (€123 m) in funding, led by Russia's Digital Sky Technologies. Other new backers included Andreessen Horowitz and Tiger Global, along with previous backer Institutional Venture Partners. Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based Zynga boasts over 230 million monthly active users for its games, which reside on Facebook and other sites.
Google’s Android platform has reached a new milestone of 20,000 available apps, according to new figures from AndroLib. Around 62% of applications are free of charge and only around 15% of Android Market applications are games.
IBM has built a cloud platform for SK Telecom, the first private sector cloud center in the country. It will allow SK Telecom to offer up to 20 new services to their customers by the end of 2009.
Alcatel-Lucent research arm Bell Labs will open a facility in Seoul in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Korea University. The facility will be called Bell Labs Seoul.
AT&T is considering the sale of its Japan outsourcing business, Reuters has reported. The unit generates about $500 million in revenue and is 15% owned by NTT.