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Simpler back-end integration on mobile apps aim as IBM and Xamarin collaborate

IBM has integrated Worklight with Xamarin's mobile development platform

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Facebook, armed with data, helps others show mobile ads

Facebook's mobile advertising network is now open for business, and the company is hoping to leverage partner relationships to make money.

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Salesforce launches 'reimagined' customer-service, sales software

A new study finds most Salesforce.com customers are planning to increase their investments in its products

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Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp a done deal at $22 billion

WhatsApp claims to have more than 500 million users worldwide

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Orange targets home applications with new mobile-to-TV gadgets and services

In an Apple-style launch, French network operator Orange unveils its products for the next year

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FCC: Some TV stations could earn huge dollars in spectrum auction

The agency sends broadcasters projected earnings in the upcoming auction of TV spectrum

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Nextdoor, an app for connecting with neighborhoods, puts on its police cap

Nextdoor wants more police officers, fire departments and other safety workers using its site

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Mobile developers get offline sync in new Amazon SDK

The upgraded SDK makes extensive use of Amazon's Cognito service for user identity and data sync

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Oracle unveils Alta, a next-generation user interface

A mobile app creation tool for business users is also in the works

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Connected ad panels to improve mobile speeds and coverage

Alcatel-Lucent and JCDecaux have joined forces on small cells

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Mobile technology offers option to combat fake drugs in West Africa

Use of counterfeit medication rises as outbreaks of cholera and Ebola proliferate

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Uber defiant in face of new legal challenge

District attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco allege that Uber—and other ridesharing companies—have taken part in unlawful business practices. Uber doesn't think so.

Forget 'airplane mode': devices are decreed okay for inflight use in Europe

Passengers probably still can't play Words with Friends during taxi or takeoff, though. Dommage.