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>> Good adds IT policy controls, app development features to platform

Good Technology has updated its Secure Mobility Platform by adding more IT policy controls, enabling faster development of feature-rich enterprise apps and improving end user experience, the mobility firm announced this week. "Mobile backend services are going to have a significant impact on the enterprise mobile experience and Good's shared services framework uniquely supports that evolution of the mobile experience," explains John Herrema, senior vice president of product management at Good Technology. Read more

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>> Movius raises $13M to give more BYOD users multiple lines, split billing

Messaging and call completion service provider Movius has raised $13 million in venture funding to expand its CAFÉ and myIdentities platforms, Venture Beat reports. The platforms enable BYOD users to use the same mobile device for business and personal use by supporting multiple phone lines and providing split billing. Movius, which had previously raised $39.5 million in funding rounds, has partnered with more than 150 carriers worldwide. Read more

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>> Apple clings to a shrinking tablet market lead

Apple's lead over the tablet market, which it created, shrank 6.1 percentage points in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the year-ago quarter, according to IDC stats. At the same time, Samsung's market share shrank 1.6 percentage points in the second quarter of this year compared to the year-ago quarter. Gaining market share in the second quarter were Lenovo and Asus. Read more

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>> Facebook in talks with Uber about integrating car service with Messenger

Facebook is holding talks with Uber to embed the smartphone-based car-hailing service with the social network's Messenger app, Re/code reports. "It's very conceptual, and nowhere near execution. But it's a direction that Messenger has to go in," one source consulted by Re/code says. The companies declined to comment on the story. Read more

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>> Demand for 2G M2M cellular modules remains strong, says ABI

Sales of 2G machine-to-machine cellular modules are forecast to reach $1.1 billion this year, predicts ABI Research. While much of the world's cellular network is shifting to 4G LTE, 2G remains a popular option for connecting machines. In fact, 70 percent of the worldwide M2M cellular module shipments last year were 2G, although that number drops to 60 percent in North America. Read more

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