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XING released new iPhone and BlackBerry apps, both of which are now available for free download from their respective mobile app stores. The iPhone app, in particular, now sports an upgraded interface and a number of new features.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Brainshark, Inc., a developer of on-demand multimedia for business, announced that myBrainshark is coming to the Google Apps Marketplace, Google's online storefront for Google Apps products and services. myBrainshark is a free web-based service that lets users create, share, and track online video presentations.

Posted Oct 14, 2010

EasyBib.com, the online bibliography service, is now integrated with Google Apps. The new integration provides seamless login for Google Apps users, making it possible for schools that use Google Apps Education Edition to provide all of their students with access of EasyBib's app.

Posted Oct 14, 2010

The personal nature of the mobile phone, the form factor of the mobile device (small keypad, tiny screen), and the obvious shortcomings of PageRank algorithms play in favor of a new approach to mobile search that puts people back in the equation.

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Outsell, Inc. released new research on mobile devices and their effects on the consumer magazine industry. The study involved 400 consumers who own a smartphone or e-reader and 200 consumer advertisers.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

Dictionary.com both announced a new API Development Center and opened its own API to the public. Developers who make use of Dictionary.com's API will have access to the site's resources and data, including access to related sites such as Thesaurus.com and Reference.com. With the API, developers will be able to allow users to access Dictionary.com definitions within an app, rather than having to launch a browser to visit the site itself.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

EPiServer, a provider of platforms that drive online engagement, launched the EPiServer MobileCenter app for iPhone and iPad. The app is a mobile version of EPiServer OnlineCenter and is designed to give interactive marketers, content publishers, and web developers more control over their online properties.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Palo Alto-based Alphonso Labs, maker of the Pulse series of apps for iPhone and iPad, has raised $1M in seed funding from Redpoint Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Mayfield Fund and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Pulse is the fastest growing news reader for iPad and iPhone and got a bump over the Summer when Steve Jobs mentioned the product at the Worldwide developers conference.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Like so many other organizations, Fort Smith and the National Parks Service (NPS) are trying to figure out how to engage a new, digitally oriented generation that would be just as content watching Old Faithful erupt on a web cam as actually visit Yellowstone National Park. With money tight everywhere, engaging this new generation of park visitors had to be done inexpensively. In this case, QR codes seemed to be the answer.

Posted Oct 06, 2010

EPiServer launched its EPiServer MobileCenter App for Apple's iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The app is essentially a mobile version EPiServer OnlineCenter designed to give web developers, interactive marketers, and content publishers greater control over their online properties.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Network Global Companies now offers users the ability to stream its Red Carpet Network video library on the iPhone and iPad via its RCN app. The Red Carpet Network interviews celebrities who star in popular films and television shows at Hollywood's red carpet events, and it remains an independent entertainment news outlet.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Infotrieve, Inc. announced the Mobile Library iPad app, the newest addition to its suite of software for accessing and organizing enterprise content. With the Mobile Library, users have secure access from anywhere to all corporate licensed electronic content and document repositories, as well as access to one of the world's largest collections of STM content.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

Verve Wireless Inc., a provider of mobile publishing and advertising technologies to local media companies, closed a round of financing led by BlueRun Ventures that secured the company $7 million in funding. Previous investor The Associated Press and others participated in the round. According to the company, the capital will be used to further develop and expand Verve's products and services.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

VitalSource Technologies released the VitalSource Bookshelf app for Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch mobile devices. With the addition of the app to VitalSource's line of products and services, faculty and students can now access their content through mobile devices in addition to methods such as integrated downloads.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Safari Books Online has added mobile functionality to its portal features, compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry, and other browser-capable phones. Features of the Safari Books Online portal, such as the ability to take notes and tag content, have been optimized for mobile use.

Posted Sep 28, 2010

Atypon announced that the New England Journal of Medicine has selected its Literatum platform to power the journal's digital presence. The NEJM's new site will feature all-new design, enhanced navigation, and rich content, along with such additions as 19 specialty pages, education and training tools, and a complete archive of every article published by the journal since its founding in 1812.

Posted Sep 23, 2010

Motorola announced the acquisition of Aloqa GmbH, a privately-held developer of location-based software and technologies for use with smartphones. Motorola has added Aloqa to its nascent Motorola Mobility unit, which is comprised of Motorola's Mobile Devices and Home business.

Posted Sep 21, 2010

CloudCenter LLC announced the availability of Rainmaker on the Google Apps marketplace. Rainmaker allows Google Apps users to share contacts within a domain, while simultaneously populating Google Contacts(TM) with social data from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Users can also enhance and share their current contact information using integration with Google Contacts.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Mediaspectrum, Inc. introduced Adrenalin, a complete solution for publishers looking to create a customized news-reading application for Apple's iPad and other tablet devices. Adrenalin provides digital news organizations with dynamic content, integrated advertising, and subscription management, while also offering an opportunity to establish a powerful tablet presence.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Random House announced that it is partnering with Smashing Ideas, a Seattle-based digital media agency, with the goal of developing children's book-based apps for mobile devices. In this partnership, Random House Children's Books will work with Smashing Ideas' newly created epublishing group.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Encoding.com, an encoding service provider, released Mobile Made Easy, a collection of video encoding presets designed to meet the specific video requirements of all popular mobile phones. With this new product and its existing iPhone and iPhone streaming presets, Encoding.com reports that it now offers encoding services to 80% of the smartphone market.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

ChaCha, a service specializing in answering user-submitted questions on several topics, launched the Media Messaging Service (MMS), which will allow ChaCha to supply users with rich media content and advertisements on their mobile phones. MMS, which ChaCha reports will be compatible with almost all mobile phones, supports videos such as movie trailers, and images such as coupons and logos.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

Blyk, a Finnish mobile media startup, recently closed a 17 million euro investment lead by Nexit Ventures and others. This investment helps Blyk to accelerate its growth in partnering with mobile operators worldwide.

Posted Sep 14, 2010

MyNewsVu announced a new technology for television news delivery and consumption, a back-end software platform that enables TV news web sites to deliver a personalized TV newscast to individual viewers. Web sites powered by MyNewsVu can deliver individually personalized TV newscasts to internet-enabled TVs, mobile devices, and PCs.

Posted Sep 09, 2010

AOL is purchasing locational social networking service Rally Up for an undisclosed amount. Rally Up, which was founded in 2009, develops mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone that allow users to check in to various locations, send messages, and locate friends. The service features a friend feed that lets users share their location or upload text and photos. The service also features integration with Facebook.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

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