News In Brief: Oxygen8, Apple, Verizon, Digg

Micro-billing firm Oxygen8 Communication has unveiled new SMS bulk rates that offer UK media firms the chance to conduct mobile marketing over 700 carriers for £0.011 (€0.012) per message.
 
The latest teardown of Apple's iPad has revealed that the device may cost as little as $259.60 (€194) in parts, according to market research firm iSuppli.
 
Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg sees little merit in the idea of a merger with Vodafone, but has stated that he is eager to resolve the dispute with its JV partner soon. Vodafone is a partner in the Verizon Wireless JV, but Verizon has not paid dividends to its partner in years.
 
Digg CEO Jay Adelson has stepped down as CEO, planning to pursue new business ideas via start-up companies. Founder Kevin Rose will replace him as chairman and CEO.
 
Antenna Software has released a beta version of platform designed to allow applications to be ported to any smartphone without recoding. The AMP 3.0 platform covers apps written for Google’s Android, RIM’s BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Symbian S60 operating systems.
 
Mobile broadband data card sales grew 55% to $6.4 billion (€4.7 billion) in 2009, according to Infonetics Research. HSPA cards accounted for 74% of the total, with the remainder coming from embedded mobile broadband cards.

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