Mobile Industry on the Move Dec. 7

— December 07, 2013

According to reports, Apple acquired Topsy Labs Inc. a social media analytics firm, indicating its continued interest in finding out what’s on the mind of influencers and customers.  Apple has been on a buying spree this year, likely to support CEO Tim Cook’s vague mention of entering new categories.

Yankee Group Research Director Sheryl Kingstone commented on the Topsy deal in a statement,  “Social and mobile has been merging for several years now. There are plenty of players in social monitoring and sentiment analysis (Google, for one, has Google Analytics that measures not just social, but also search, display and e-mail). As we’ve said many times, data is the new oil. If the future is social, mobile and cloud services for monetization strategies, it’s better to own the intellectual property (data) in order to embed it in offerings such as iTunes Radio, the App Store and iAd—especially as consumers are more willing to embrace ad driven versus paid business models."

Mobi Wireless
MOBI Wireless Management, a  provider of mobility management services, and Bluefish Wireless, Inc., a mobility management provider specializing in carrier and enterprise partnerships, announced a merger agreement. The combined entities will conduct business under the MOBI Wireless Management brand. MOBI CEO and Co-founder, Scott Kraege, will lead the combined organization.

"Bluefish Wireless Management is an innovative and seasoned organization with strong relationships with important players in the mobility ecosphere. Our years of close partnership have created an opportunity for a seamless transition into a shared focus," said Kraege. The combined company, MOBI, will have an expanded customer base, greater organizational efficiency, and tighter collaboration among some of the leading experts and technology developers in the mobility management market.

Mobile Work Exchange
This public-private partnership organization is focused on demonstrating the value of mobility and telework, and serves the emerging educational and communication requirements of the Federal mobile/telework community. Mobile Work Exchange announced that “Telework Week 2014,” the fourth-annual global effort to encourage agencies, organizations and individuals to pledge to telework, will take place on March 3-7, 2014. Individuals and companies can sign up now to determine the impact and savings.
Telework supports: Business continuity, improved productivity, real estate savings, personnel recruitment and retention, work/life balance and commuter cost savings, reduction of traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and wear and tear on public transportation. Last year, more than 136,000 pledged, saving $12.3 million in commuting costs, gaining back 665,936 hours into their day, and removing 7,892 tons of pollutants from the air, while refraining from driving 12.1 million miles.
Square, the company known for offering a simple and affordable solution for businesses to accept credit cards has essentially acquired photo sharing and organization platform provider Viewfinder.

The Square blog says, “We are excited to announce that the Viewfinder team is joining Square. The team is incredibly talented, having built an app that blends beautiful design and highly technical engineering to create personal, human experiences. This too is our mantra at Square, and the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building simple, elegant mobile applications will help us in our mission to make commerce easy for everyone.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and manages Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., announced that Mobilitie LLC, a provider of wireless infrastructure in the United States, will be installing a new distributed antenna system (DAS) at the arena.

The new system will offer an enhanced overall wireless experience across multiple wireless carriers for fans of the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, the NCAA's Georgetown Hoyas, and other concert and event patrons.

"Mobilitie brings access to the latest wireless technology ensuring fans who come to Verizon Center games and events will stay connected and be able to run the latest mobile applications on their smartphones and mobile devices," said founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Ted Leonsis."

The DAS improves wireless coverage and enhances capacity and data speeds during peak times at Verizon Center events through a series of small wireless antennas installed throughout the arena bowl, concourses and all premium seating areas and suites.

Mobilitie owns and operates wireless infrastructure at many professional sports stadiums across the country, including some of the largest stadiums and arenas in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. It also provides wireless infrastructure to marquee venues, such as Churchill Downs and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.


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