China is on track to surpass 1bn mobile connections in Q1 of 2012, with market penetration currently estimated at 72%.
The latest data from Wireless Intelligence shows that China ended 2011 on 973.7m connections, an increase of around 16% year-on-year.
The growth has largely been driven by 3G connections, which surpassed 200m in Q4 and accounted for 22% of the total by year-end.
In 2011 3G accounted for 80% of new connections in China, an estimated 26.8m out of a total of 34.2m.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York; the final chapter in a long and painful fall from market dominance in the 1980s.
This humiliating 'Kodak moment' came about largely because the camera brand failed to embrace digital technology.
Foursquare has added another new feature to its desktop service – restaurant menus.
The update, which uses technology from start-up SinglePlatform, adds 13m food items from 250,000 restaurants in major US cities.
PayPal’s mobile payment system has gone live at 51 Home Depot stores in the US.
The eBay-owned company has also reported that its mobile payment volume reached $4bn in 2011.
Facebook has launched new timeline apps through Open Graph, offering users another way of sharing what they are doing with friends.
As part of the announcement last night it launched 60 new apps from brands such as Ticketmaster, Pinterest and TripAdvisor.
Mobiles and tablets accounted for 12% of all paid search clicks in the UK during December, according to new data from Marin Software.
This represents a 49% increase in click share as a percentage of the total since October.
The Quarterly UK Online Advertising Report found that, over the same period, spend share of mobile and tablet devices increased by 29% to a 7.5% share of overall search spend.
Doritos’ Super Bowl ads will be created by the public again this year, with the overall winner chosen by a Facebook vote.
The Pepsico brand has used user generated ads during the Super Bowl several times since 2007, and the ‘Crash The Super Bowl’ commercials have proven to be extremely popular.
Doritos ads came joint first and fourth in the 2011 USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter.
Google has been trialling a new secure login that uses a QR code to verify the user’s identity.
The authentification tool was an experiment to find a new way of securely logging into Gmail on a public computer.
Online retail sales during the holiday season increased by 15% in 2011 compared to 2010, according to data from Monetate.
Sales at brick-and-mortar stores increased by just 4% in the same period.
TV monitoring service SnapStream has made its software available to Mac users, potentially opening up a huge new marketplace among media agencies.
Its new web-based video player and Mac client allows users to search, record and clip recorded TV shows.