Qualcomm Ends Direct Flo TV Service, Chumby Gets New CEO and $3M in Venture Funding, Equifax Acquires Anakam, & More San Diego BizTech News

10/12/10Follow @bvbigelow

We had a lot of wireless news pile up in San Diego last week. Good thing we had the bandwidth here at Xconomy to bring it all together for you here.

Aneesh Chopra, the first federal chief technology officer of the United States, offered numerous examples of how the Obama Administration is opening government data to entrepreneurial uses when he spoke in San Francisco last week at the “DC to VC” summit on healthcare IT. The nation’s CTO also gave an interview to Xconomy San Francisco Editor Wade Roush, who asked him to explain what constitutes “meaningful use” for electronic medical records, among other things.

—San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) is joining forces with a Mexican cell phone company and “Clinica 27,” a public health clinic in Tijuana, to test wireless technology designed to keep better track of diabetes patients. The 10-month trial, set to begin this month, will involve 360 diabetics in eastern Tijuana. More than 16,000 patients who use Clinica 27 have been been diagnosed with diabetes.

Verve Wireless co-founder Tom Kenney had been overseeing Nokia’s investments in mobile Internet technologies when he saw an opportunity about five years ago to start Verve and create a mobile platform for local news and other content. Kenney said he was just seeing how local advertisers followed consumers-and that consumers followed local content.

Qualcomm is ending its Flo TV direct consumer mobile television service to new customers, and will stop broadcasting to its subscribers by mid-June 2011. The San Diego wireless giant said it also has stopped selling its Qualcomm pocket-sized personal TV.

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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