Online social networking is huge and growing strongly, but what happens when all those virtual friends hit the road? Increasingly, they will be able to keep in touch via mobile versions of their favorite social networks, running on their cellular phones.

Crisp Wireless announced results from its Second Quarter ‘08 Crisp Wireless Index (CWI). Among the key findings in the Index, mobile web usage continues to grow significantly with a 29.4% increase from 1Q08 to 2Q08.

Different ways of counting users yield different results.

Five of the world's 10 largest cities are located in the fast-growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the so-called BRIC countries), along with four of the five top markets for new mobile subscribers.

How high it will climb depends on how the market is sized.

New mobile ad spending projections seem to appear every day. One of the latest is from Strategy Analytics, which predicts that advertisers worldwide will spend $2.4 billion on mobile in 2009, up from $1 billion this year.

LatCel is bringing culturally relevant content to Latino customers in the United States and Puerto Rico by creating a series of Latino portal products developed using the Netbiscuits Mobile Web platform. LatCel's roster of carrier partners includes Sprint, AT&T and Centennial Puerto Rico.

Mobile music and TV have far to go.

Mobile data revenues reached $49 billion worldwide in Q1 2008, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all mobile services spending, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.

As voters ditch landlines, are polls less accurate?

Telecom marketers and market researchers overall are keenly aware that the number of mobile-only households in the US is growing. Not only are many Americans abandoning their landlines outright, but an even larger number are functionally mobile-only and rarely use their landline phones anymore.

Mobile advertising has been the next big thing for a while now. But although text messaging is popular among young adults, the 160-character format has yet to become a mass influencer.

comScore, Inc. reported that the use of mobile maps is increasingly popular in the United States and Europe, with 8 percent of American mobile subscribers and 3 percent of European subscribers accessing maps from the mobile phone in the three-month period ending May 2008.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced the release of “A Mobile Advertising Overview,” a document that demystifies the mobile platform and showcases it as a vital and growing medium for interactive advertising. It is the first report issued by the IAB on the mobile advertising platform and outlines a broad spectrum of opportunities for marketers and agencies as more and more of them utilize this emerging platform.

Univision’s flagship station KMEX-TV Channel 34 announced the mobile distribution of news alerts, both in video and text messages, on Univision Móvil.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) released the results of its first-ever quantitative research effort in the area of mobile marketing.

Red Planet Media, Inc. announced the launch two new Spanish-language channels, Cine Mexicano and Noti Mobile, on JumpInMobile.TV.

dotMobi and AKQA Mobile announced the results of an extensive consumer study of mobile Internet usage and attitudes.

As TV and movie studios push to make more of their video content available online, a just-released study from Knowledge Networks reveals that while consumers are indeed turning to new video technologies – such as online streaming and mobile video – most of their video-related spending continues t