This Week in Global Mobile | July 9, 2010

At times it's difficult to keep pace with all the latest global mobile tech developments. I hope this selection of news stories from the past week will help you navigate the ever-growing global network of connectivity:

  • Yesterday the White House announced the second annual SAVE award. The crowdsourcing program asks government employees to submit ideas that would reduce costs in their departments, and fellow workers vote for favorites via IdeaScale.
  • Twitter now runs over 800 million search queries daily, making it the the world’s second-largest search engine with more monthly hits than Bing and Yahoo combined.
  • An Internet rights group launched a legal challenge in Turkey over a ban on access to a host of Google-owned sites, calling the ban “an infringement on our fundamental human rights, the freedom of conversations and our right to information.”
  • Pew released a landmark study on mobile technology use in America. Among the remarkable statistics: mobile Internet access increased 8% last year alone, with young blacks and Hispanics accessing mobile web more than any other demographic.
  • Today China renewed Google’s license to operate in the country, possibly under a compromise in which Google.cn will post a link to the Hong Kong site rather than automatically redirecting to Google.com.hk.
  • The popular blog publishing tool WordPress introduced Post By Voice, a program which allows users to speak their blog posts through the phone to be transcribed and posted online. This could transform the way activists and reporters in the field blog.
  • First-time politician Yukiko Tokai wants voters to know her name before Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but Japan’s straitjacket campaign laws forbid her to knock on doors, update her Web site, or advertise on television. Read the entire story here.
  • A new regulation by China’s PLA prohibits soldiers from online dating, social networking, or blogging.
  • MobiTV streamed 88 million minutes of World Cup soccer to mobile phones - that’s 61,111 consecutive days of the Beautiful Game. To put it in perspective, the company streamed 2 billion minutes of TV in all of 2009.
  • Fred Hiatt and Anne Applebaum published stories in the Post about the current state of democracies and autocracies around the world, mentioning how some repressive regimes “have become adept at using the rhetoric of democracy” to further their authoritarian influence. Check out our blog post for more.
  • Venezuelan authorities arrested two people for spreading false rumors on Twitter aimed at destabilizing the country’s banking system.
  • Following a Skype discussion with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, UK Prime Minister Cameron and his government announced phase two of the Spending Challenge. The initiative asks the public to vote on over 60,000 of their own policy proposals for spending cuts.

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