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Barcelona named as the mobile capital of the world

The GSMA - the mobile operator trade organisation - has chosen Barcelona as the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018. Barcelona has beaten Milan, Munich and Paris in the final vote.

This means it'll host the GSMA Mobile World Congress (as it has done for several years) and will also develop a range of other activities throughout the year.

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New London Taxi app could transform hailing a cab

GetTaxi has launched its mobile-based UK taxi ordering service today.

The company, which already offers GetTaxi in Israel and plans to expand into much of Europe, enables smartphone owners to order a London taxi without speaking to anyone.

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Handmark social apps business launches as 'OneLouder'

Last week, mobile application developer Handmark said it was turning its social apps business and mobile ad services group into a new company.

That subsidiary has now launched under the name of OneLouder Apps.

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Quarterly results from Vodafone

Vodafone has published an interim management statement for the three-month period that ended on 30th June 2011.

It says group service revenue was up 1.5% year-on-year, with reduced mobile termination rates holding it back from what would otherwise have been a 3.9% increase.

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Microsoft reports record results

In a week of big-name financial figures - including Apple and Nokia - we now have quarterly and annual results from Microsoft Corp.

The company had a record fourth quarter of its financial year, with revenue of $17.37 billion (8% up year-on-year).

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