Mobiata, a two-year-old company that makes mobile travel applications, has been acquired by online travel company Expedia.
A convicted VAT fraudster has been sentenced to an extra nine years in jail for failing to repay £40 million of his criminal profits. Emmanuel Hening, a dual French/Belgian national, was jailed for 15 years in 2006 for masterminding a £54 million ‘missing trader’ or ‘carousel’ mobile phone fraud.
The GSMA says the city that hosts the Mobile World Congress from 2013 to 2017 – currently a choice between Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cologne, Milan, Munich and Paris – will also be the GSMA’s “Mobile World Capital”. This concept extends beyond the Mobile World Congress trade event to include a permanent technology centre and a cultural festival in the chosen city.
O2 UK has launched a ‘live’ network status checker that lets customers see the current status of the network in their area and check for planned maintenance. It also shows O2 network coverage based on computer predictions.
Orange has confirmed it’ll be the first major UK mobile network to offer the Apple iPad at a subsidised price when purchased with a data plan. In a brief statement it said these purchase options for Wi-Fi + 3G iPad models would be available “in the coming months”.