Qualcomm Ends Direct Flo TV Service, Chumby Gets New CEO and $3M in Venture Funding, Equifax Acquires Anakam, & More San Diego BizTech News
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.
—Chumby Industries has a new CEO, Derrick Oien, who replaced founding CEO Steve Tomlin last month. The San Diego startup has been licensing its technology, which provides a Web platform for online information and entertainment. Chumby also recently raised another $3 million in venture financing, bringing its venture capital total to $26 million.
—Mellmo, the Del Mar, CA, startup that provides mobile graphics for interpreting business intelligence data, launched Roambi Blink, which can access business data directly from a data warehouse rather than connecting to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or SAP BusinessObjects document.
—Atlanta-based Equifax acquired San Diego-based Anakam, which specializes in identity security and management software. Financial terms were not disclosed.
—Qualcomm’s Don Jones, who oversees the San Diego company’s wireless health initiatives, helped to kick off the Wireless Health 2010 conference last week by noting that wireless networks have become the world’s most pervasive utility—more pervasive than water or electric networks. The four-day meeting in La Jolla featured talks by Chris Toumazou, director of the Imperial College Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and Dr. Eric Topol, who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla.
—San Diego’s West Wireless Health Institute announced that the winner of its $10,000 “mobile health app” developer challenge is Alan Viars, of Baltimore, MD-based Videntity, which has developed an open source platform that enables people to share real-time health data securely over their social networks.