Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceMobileContent, FierceBroadbandWireless and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
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LAS VEGAS--Messaging provider Pinger earns an average of roughly 64-65 cents per month from each of its users, primarily from advertising. Greg Woock, Pinger's co-founder and CEO, provided the figure during a discussion here at the CTIA Wireless 2013 trade show about the effect over-the-top messaging providers are having on wireless carriers' traditional voice and messaging businesses.
Mobile payments company payvia announced today it acquired Mogreet, which provides mobile video and rich media messaging engagement solutions used by marketers, retailers and others including ABC, Bloomingdales, Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, Fox Television, and Gamefly. As part of the transaction, Mogreet founder and CEO James Citron will become payvia's CMO.
Google, during its I/O developer conference, announced it will refresh its Maps for Mobile product on Android and iOS this summer, bringing coupons, improved routing and support for tablets.
Google at its I/O developer's conference said it will release a new, standalone Hangouts app that will be available to Android, iOS and Web users. The app will collect text, image and video conversations into one service and essentially represents Google's response to the growth of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber and BlackBerry's BBM. Hangouts will replace Google Talk and G+ Messenger.
During its Google I/O developer's conference, Google announced a new Android gaming service and a new, subscription-based music streaming service. The company also announced a range of new APIs and services for its Android developers.
Companies from across the mobile app landscape continue to discuss the possibility of mobile "real-money gambling" in the United States as if it could instantly reverse revenue declines and immediately stimulate the hotly contested application industry. However, right now there's little indication that real-money gambling is anywhere near becoming a reality here--but that hasn't stopped some of the market's biggest players from seeking a toe-hold in the space.
Communications app textPlus plans to take its voice and messaging offering global sometime this summer, company executives said. The company, which offers service in the United States and Canada, is currently testing its offering in various locations across the world, and it expects to launch globally between June and August.
T-Mobile US announced it will shut down its MobileLife photo storage service June 30, and it is working to migrate the "millions of customers" of the service to Google Drive online storage.
Glu Mobile said it would cut 12 percent of its workforce, or around 67 employees. The actions will leave the company with around 564 employees. However, Glu said the job cuts are part of an effort to centralize and streamline the production of games, and the company continues to hire new employees in specific functions. As a result, Glu said it expects to end 2013 with 580 employees.
Messaging provider textPlus said in an FCC filing that the company soon plans to create a bounceback message for users who attempt to send messages to 911. The news is notable considering the FCC is working to ensure that messages sent to 911 are received by emergency personnel.