This Week in Global Mobile | December 3, 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:

  • Alec Ross, Secretary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, discussed the relationship between technology and open and closed societies at PdF Latin America in Chile last week.
  • China gave Google an ultimatum of July 2011 to meet the government’s demands for obtaining a license to continue operating as an Internet map provider.
  • The European Union launched a formal anti-trust investigation into Google’s handling of its domination of online searches in the E.U. Read Google’s response here.
  • On Wednesday FCC Chairman Julius Genachoswki announced plans to formally enforce net neutrality principles upon Internet service providers while still endorsing a usage-based pricing model. Not everyone is pleased.
  • Cyber Monday 2010 drew record online spending in the United States, with online shoppers spending over $1bn on retail websites in the heaviest spending day on record.
  • A study released by Electronic Arts estimates that the global mobile gaming market will reach $3.4bn this year, increasing by about $500 million each year until 2013.
  • Consumers under 35, and particularly millenials, prefer using mobile apps over browsers on their smartphones, reports market research firm Parks Associates.
  • Recycling unused mobile phones could save each British household £768, reported phone recycling website Sell My Mobile.
  • Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and other celebrities jumped off Twitter on World AIDS Day to raise awareness for a charity campaign in Africa and India.
  • Katie Harbath, Chief Digital Strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, thoughtfully explains why campaigns’ mobile strategies need to look beyond text messages to apps and more for true mobile success.
  • James Harkin published a comprehensive and insightful piece outlining the rise of tech and innovation in the State Department’s foreign policy agenda.
  • Verizon announced that its 4G LTE network will go live on Sunday -- but 4G-equipped smart phones won’t be coming our way until 2011.
  • According to Nielsen, nearly 30 percent of American mobile subscribers own smart phones that run full operating systems.
  • 99 percent of non-Times readers deserted the site after it implemented an anti-social media paywall, while 86% of regular Times readers also stopped tuning in.
  • On Wednesday the Federal Trade Commission endorsed a “do not track” policy proposal which would prohibit online advertisers from invading users’ privacy by following their actions on the Web.