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This Week in Global Mobile | December 24, 2010
At times it's difficult to keep pace with the latest global mobile developments. I hope this selection of news stories from the past week will help you navigate the growing global network of connectivity:
- On Tuesday the F.C.C. voted to adopt “rules to preserve the basic Internet values” in a proposal which wrestles with net neutrality, "paid prioritization," and other questions of regulation on wireless and wired connections. Check out Sam’s thoughts here.
- Pew released ap presentation to the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council of their latest findings regarding mobile use and social networks in health care.
- A new smartphone app helps color-blind users by using the phone’s camera to slightly alter the colors and hues on the screen. Nick Bilton at NY Times has more to say on the advent of augmented reality.
- At the first-ever Symposium on Indigenous Uses of the Internet, various native communities in Brazil discussed how the Web provides key services such as territorial surveillance and government service registration.
- The government of Belarus blocked access to various social media such as Gmail and Twitter after violence erupted around the country following controversial elections.
- More than 700 billion (yes, billion) YouTube videos were watched world-wide in 2010, reported YouTube. That’s over 100 views for every single person on the planet.
- Last week the U.S. government launched ForeignAssistance.gov, an online visual guide which tracks the $37bn in federal aid managed each year by the State Department and USAID.
- Yesterday Pew released a study indicating that over a quarter of American adults used their mobile phones to engage with the 2010 midterm elections.
- Oiwan Lan at Global Voices reviewed a dynamic year in the Chinese blogosphere, showing how both peace and conflict emerged around citizens’ use of various new media.
- Mobile commerce sales in the United States exploded from $1.4bn in 2009 to $3.4bn this year, reported ABI Research. Across the pond, nearly one half of all Britons expect to buy Christmas gifts from their mobiles.
- As more federal agencies begin to incorporate social media, a new report from IBM warned that they are insufficiently prepared to manage and record social media use.
- Ory Okolloh, a founder of the crisis-mapping service Ushahidi, was appointed to serve as Google’s new Policy Manager for Africa.
- The F.C.C. announced the Open Internet Apps contest which challenges developers to create mobile apps that “empower consumers to monitor and protect Internet Openess.”
- The South Korean government threatened to prosecute citizens who post Facebook or Twitter updates that praise North Korea, reports ReadWriteWeb.
- An IBM report predicted that holographic phone calls consisting of 3D images being projected from mobile devices will enter the market by as soon as 2015.
- Samsung announced the Stage 1 Winners of their Kenya-based Apps Contest which challenges developers to create useful and relevant apps for Africans.