This Week in Global Mobile | October 22, 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:

  • Akamai’s State of the Internet report released yesterday serves as a detailed chronicle of Internet access and how it has changed throughout the world since 1999.
  • Addressing the San Fransisco Commonwealth Club, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commended America’s commitment to technological innovation and leadership.
  • Cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) connections are anticipated to grow steadily to 297 million in 2015, with European countries accounting for the largest share.
  • Facebook teamed up with MTV and GLAAD to form a “Network of Support” for LGBTQ teenagers to provide support and combat cyberbullying.
  • The ITU released a report Wednesday predicting that 162 million of the 226 million new global Internet users will emerge in developing countries in 2010.
  • A recent study demonstrated that nine out of ten Indian women feel safer with mobile phones.
  • From November 14 to 17, Brazilians techies will meet at the second annual Brazilian Digital Culture Forum to bridge connections between various cultural and communications initiatives taking place around the country.
  • California Senatorial candidates Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer shared their views on net neutrality, a topic of considerable importance in Silicon Valley.
  • Online video streaming service Ustream experienced record number of viewers during last week’s rescue of the Chilean miners. Stay tuned for a full recap on the event’s impact on global mobile tech.
  • Egyptian mobile subscribers increased to 60 million in August, representing a 20.3% increase year-on-year.
  • President Obama’s right-hand man for health IT warned that digitizing medicine may create a new, dangerous sort of the digital divide.
  • On Wednesday the Canadian government found Google guilty of breaching privacy laws through its acquisition of pictures for its Street View service.
  • Yesterday the FCC held a forum to discuss the impending spectrum crunch caused by an increase in demand for capacity in wireless networks.