Why Gmail’s New Phone Service Scares Mobile Providers Google announced a new communication service this week – you can dial up your friends and talk to them on their phones through your computer. The service joins Gmail’s other capabilities – like instant chatting, videochatting and of course e-mailing – and is probably not a function that mobile providers are rejoicing over. While many are calling the Gmail phone a competitor to Skype, mobile providers across the board may have cause for jealousy. The New England Patriots Recruit SCVNGR To ‘Help Vince’ Wilfork Over the last few weeks, the New England sports press has been scratching their heads over mysterious T-shirts they received from The Patriots that were emblazoned with the words, “HELP VINCE“. The shirts obviously refer to NFL star Vince Wilfork, but give no indication as to what he needs help with. As it turns out, he’s “lost” his Super Bowl Ring, and he needs help finding it — and the Patriots are giving location-based startup SCVNGR a major publicity boost in the process. You see, starting today the Patriots are running a large-scale Help Vince campaign across New England as the team looks to engage its fans in the offseason. And to do that, it’s turning to SCVNGR to power an array of Patriots-themed location based challenges, badges, and treks as users vie for prizes, which include a grand prize lunch with a member of the Patriots squad. The Patriots will be promoting the ‘Help Vince’ campaign across New England with TV spots, billboards, and more.
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Economic déjà vu Scott Nelson’s book looks at strangely familiar financial landscapes. Junk bonds and unbacked, ineptly bundled mortgages trigger financial crises that prompt competing economic stimulus proposals in Washington, D.C. Proposed government regulations prove to be controversial. Debate on how to react paralyzes Congress. It sounds like a recap of the 2008 meltdown, but these events happened more than a century ago; many happened more than once.
Pocket Life wins race to bring real-time location-based social networking to Facebook Pocket Life , the geo-location social network initially created out of Vodafone’s Innovation lab in Australia, has released its new Facebook app, bringing real-time geo-location integration to Facebook. The release, just in time for the f8 Facebook developer conference which starts this Wednesday, is a market first according to the makers, Pocketweb. The app was actually released quietly today and will be officially launched later on in the week. The way the app works is simple and intuitive. It allows users of Pocket Life to share all their location information with their friends on Facebook no matter whether it was added via the Pocket Life web site, the Pocket Life iPhone app or the new Facebook app. That information includes:
Play The Boston Globe Trek on SCVNGR and win prizes Sorry, this one's an error. The page you requested has either moved or been deleted. LISTEN LIVE Cayucas High School Lover OpenPlug OpenPlug is a French company focused on mobile applications development tools and software for mobile phones. The company was founded in August 2002 by Eric Baissus and David Lamy-Charrier. Before OpenPlug, they were in charge of the reference software solution for Texas Instruments 2G and 2.5 product lines. Alcatel-Lucent announced it had acquired OpenPlug on September 1, 2010. OpenPlug has developed several mobile software technology products and development tools aimed at mobile phone OEMs, ODMs and chipset vendors as well as mobile application developers. OpenPlug also provides professional services in the above areas.