Yahoo! has added free text messaging to its Mobile Web Messenger service – a browser-based instant messaging application – although this option isn't available from the UK.
Mobile messaging service Nimbuzz will no longer support Skype messaging and calls from the end of this month.
In a statement, Nimbuzz said "Skype asked us to remove support for their service", adding "Skype’s decision to ask us to stop supporting their service seems to be part of a strategy to disconnect all open third party support."
The latest research from Strategy Analytics says global smartphone shipments in the third quarter of 2010 grew by 78% year-on-year; the fastest smartphone growth rate since the mid-2000s. A record number of 77 million smartphones were shipped in Q3 2010.
Two rumoured reports of closures: the Symbian Foundation and the Garmin-Asus partnership.
The resignation of Symbian's Lee Williams, followed by Nokia's new focus on Qt, has led to rumours that new executive director Tim Holbrow – previously Chief Finance Officer – will be winding down the foundation within the next six months.
Location-based social network Foursquare has just had its first check-in from space. Commander Douglas H Wheelock, who's on NASA Expedition 25 to the International Space Station, checked into Foursquare from the ISS and received the new NASA Explorer badge.