This Week in Global Mobile | September 17, 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:

  • Nokia awarded a million dollar investment to a Nairobi based start-up which provides a comprehensive application for food and retail distributors to manage their companies through their mobile phones.
  • A new South African business allows registered users to send and receive unlimited free SMS messages, generating profit from short advertisements appended to the end of each text.
  • A lieutenant colonel in the British army plans to be the first commanding officer to tweet his daily life from the front lines of Afghanistan, despite security concerns by military officials. The U.S. military only recently reversed a general ban on social media services.
  • The government of Sierra Leone is cracking down on vendors of unregistered SIM cards, calling them a threat to national security. [via Mobile Active]
  • Haystack, a much-heralded anti-censorship tool utilized by Iranian web users to circumvent strict government restrictions, was withdrawn by its developer after it was discovered that Iranian officials may be able to trace citizens through it.
  • Although social media can be used to cross cultural barriers, Global Chaos reminds us that, as is the case with the Armenia-Azerbaijan ethnic conflict, 21st-century peace-building efforts are still susceptible to hackers and cyber-attacks.
  • On Wednesday Dell announced that its electronic medical database system will be fully integrated into its new Android-based Streak tablet in a bid to bring health care into the mobile world.
  • Demonstrating the rapid growth of mobile technology across the world, ComScore revealed that the European smartphone market grew by nearly 50% in the last year alone.
  • At its World 2010 conference, Nokia announced a partnership with Intuit to pioneer a location-based advertising service to help small business owners succeed worldwide through mobile phone marketing.
  • Google’s Chief Legal Officer called for increased pressure against web-censoring governments, whose actions violate human rights and damage U.S. trade interests.
  • Although Internet penetration hovers at low levels throughout Africa, a survey released this week indicates that over 90% of business owners across the continent expect an “Internet revolution” of higher adoption, increased competition, and lower prices in the near future.