Vodafone targets social networking fans

Vodafone is to offer unlimited internet access as a standard feature of its new monthly mobile price plans, driven by an increasing amount of people accessing social networking sites and email from their phones.

The Newbury-based group is the first mobile phone operator in the UK to offer the unlimited deal with all its monthly tariffs, although O2 currently offers an unlimited deal for its iPhone customers.

Vodafone hopes the new flat rate policy will fuel use of the internet on mobiles, as operators search for additional ways to generate revenue in a saturated market.

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Social Networks to benefit from Enterprise 2.0!

Web 2.0 is set to be embraced by Enterprise 2.0 as businesses prepare to spend nearly $5 billion by 2013 on social networking tools.

Over half of the companies in North America and Europe see Web 2.0 as a priority for next year, a report says.

Forrester, the research company which carried out the Web 2.0 survey, believes the technologies being developed and unveiled over the coming days represent “a fundamentally new way” for businesses to communicate with employees and customers. Read more….

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Nokia plan for 4G!

Nokia, the world’s largest handset manufacturer, has persuaded Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to join it in developing plans for a 4G wireless system.

The companies will work together to develop the emerging mobile standard, called Long Term Evolution (LTE).

LTE, could be set to become a direct competitor to Wimax, which is currently being developed by Intel.

The first LTE networks are to be trialled in the US and China but it will be some time before it reaches UK shores.

Compared to 3G, LTE offers a greater distance and potentially faster rates.

Nokia and its partners see LTE as the logical evolution of 3G systems. ”

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MySpace signs new TV deal

Social networking site MySpace has signed a deal to put its shows on TV.

The deal means that MySpaceTV shows such as Quarterlife, Roommates and Special Delivery will soon air on screens outside the US.

The deal was signed with the Shine Group which is run by Elizabeth Murdoch – daughter of Rupert Murdoch who owns MySpace parent News International.

The deal covers DVDs and merchandise but MySpace retains all net rights to its programmes.

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Google Announces Open Social

Details emerged today on Google’s broad social networking ambitions. The new project, called OpenSocial, is a set of common APIs that application developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks (called “hosts”) that choose to participate. More from Techcrunch.

Facebook founder apology over ads

The founder of social networking site Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to users for the way it launched a social advertising system. Called Beacon, the system tracks web shopping on partner sites outside Facebook and then sells adverts to the social network based on purchases. Read the full story from the BBC website.

MySpace backs Google’s anti-Facebook play

MySpace has embraced the OpenSocial APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), a means of building applications for all sorts of social networking sites that aren’t Facebook. Bebo has joined the mix as well. More.