This Week in Global Mobile | July 30, 2010

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

  • Chinese Internet users rose 10% to 420 million in the last six months alone, with 278.6 million of them using mobile handsets to access the Internet, according to a Chinese report.
  • On Monday the FCC and FDA signed a landmark agreement to promote innovation in wireless medical devices. Read our coverage of the event here.
  • BusinessWeek reports that the global mobile commerce industry is expected to grow from $23bn in 2010 to over $100bn in 2015.
  • Google announced Apps for Government, the first cloud application suite to be certified for and adopted by the government.
  • A trial session of Worldreader in Ghana demonstrated that providing Kindle readers to Africans improved literacy rates in the region.
  • A Russian court ordered an ISP to ban YouTube after what was judged to be an extremist video was hosted on the site, while in Lebanon four men were arrested for “insulting the president on Facebook.”
  • The Rwandan government is handing out mobile phones to volunteer health care workers who are dispatched to various villages to register and monitor expectant mothers.
  • The Mayo Clinic just opened its Center for Social Media, a “first-of-its-kind social media center focused on health care.”
  • Following up on his TED Talk on the subject, Ethan Zuckerman looks at how Facebook usage proves his theory that, contrary to public perception, the Internet doesn’t really cause users to reach out of their “social bubbles.”
  • UAE authorities arrested BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users for organization a protest against high gas prices using their mobile phones.
  • The Apps4Army contest challenged U.S. soldiers to design mobile apps for the military. Yesterday the winners were announced, as well as this statistic: This crowdsourced process cut development time down from one year to 90 days.
  • Vodafone is bringing a solar-powered mobile phone to India which runs eight days on standby following an 8-hour charge in the sunlight.