Global Mobile News Round-up – Week 9th September

Global_News_MEF Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content and commerce snapshot.

 Global News Stories

Hey mobile developers — here’s one way to make your apps more privacy-friendly


Excellent news for those who worry about the privacy implications of apps: MEF, a trade organization for mobile content and commerce firms, launched a privacy policy generator called AppPrivacy. I reckon it’s an important step towards developers taking “privacy by design” principles into account.

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Amazon says ‘no plans’ for smartphone this year, and any future one ‘would not be free’

Digital Trends

Following a report over the weekend suggesting Amazon was gearing up to launch a free smartphone, the e-commerce giant has issued a statement denying any such move.

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Twitter Buys MoPub For $350M To Up The Ante In Mobile Advertising

Tech Crunch

MoPub, a startup that helps mobile publishers manage their ad inventory, has been acquired by Twitter, giving the social network another route into building its advertising business, specifically on mobile platforms.

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Argentine government proposes tougher regulation for mobile operators

Frecuencia Latinoamerica

The Ministry of Communications of Argentina opened a consultation period to arrive at a final text in order to issue a new user regulations for mobile communications services that includes an increase in regulation for mobile operators.

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Tim Green: Touch ID will not turn Apple into a payments company

Mobile Entertainment

Ignore the hype. Fingerprint scanning is about selling more iPhones. And it will probably succeed. Was this the week that Apple moved closer to mobile payments? The analysts would so love this to be true. They’re desperate for a ‘Bank of Apple’, and they think they’ve seen its first down payment in the form of Touch ID. I beg to differ.

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What I like and what I don’t like about the new Apple iPhones

by Om Malik


Apple yesterday introduced two new models of its iPhone — iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. One is a mid-market product and the other is targeting the top end of the market. And they are both packed with some incredible stuff. Here is what I like & dislike.

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10 apps that would make every smartwatch a must-have device iwatch_def11


Smartwatches are similar to smartphones and tablets. Gorgeous hardware is of little use to people unless it’s coupled with brilliant software. Pre-installed apps can be a good foundation, but most users want their favorite third-party services such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Xiaomi: Aiming to be the Apple – and Google – of China

The Guardian

Google’s former vice president for Android Hugo Barra had time for an exit interview with AllThingsD in his last day at the job, explaining the attraction of joining one of Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile firm hoping to be the next Apple.

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Grey market mobile phone sales in the Middle East to decline


The National

Middle East sales of counterfeit and “grey market” mobile phones is set to decline once again this year to 38.2 million units.The region is the world’s second-largest grey handset market behind the Asia-Pacific according to research firm IHS. Worldwide shipments are set to drop by 12 per cent this year to 194.6 million units.

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Global News Round-up – These articles are not written by MEF and do not represent any views of individuals, members or the organisation.

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