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Mobile data usage was up 68% in the first half of 2010

Fixed and mobile broadband technology company Allot Communications says mobile data bandwidth usage increased by 68% during the first half of 2010. Video streaming consumed 35% of all mobile bandwidth, making it the largest-consuming application. Thanks in part to the continuing popularity of YouTube, it's also the single largest-growing application type, showing a 92% increase. YouTube alone accounted for 13% of mobile data bandwidth.

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Facebook Zero comes to Three UK

Three UK has launched 0.facebook.com, the 'lightweight' mobile version of the social networking site. The service was announced at Mobile World Congress this year and went live in May, although it wasn't supported by any UK networks. Now Three says it'll offer its customers free mobile browsing on the new 'Facebook Zero' site for at least the next 12 months.

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Cardmobili and Roulette Cricket win Vodafone Mobile Clicks start-up competition

The winners of Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 have been announced today. This competition, which aims to find the most innovative mobile internet start-ups, started with 160 entrants from the UK, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. At the PICNIC event in Amsterdam today, Cardmobili was chosen to receive the €100,000 first prize. Roulette Cricket won a runner-up prize of €50,000.

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Over a third of UK consumers expect to use the mobile internet regularly next year

The latest Mobile Consumer Briefing report from the Mobile Marketing Association and Lightspeed Research shows that 36% of UK mobile consumers expect to access websites once a week or more using their mobile phone over the next year.

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Facebook phone denials are PR spin, says TechCrunch

Yesterday, technology news website TechCrunch reported rumours that Facebook was 'building' a mobile phone by creating the software and working with a third party for the hardware. It noted that Facebook wanted to integrate itself into the contacts list and other core functions. A possible partnership with INQ was suggested, which would follow in the footsteps of the INQ1 handset.

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