Late News: HTC Rhyme, Foursquare Serves 1 Billion Check-ins, Glam Media Buys Ning

Taiwan based handset maker HTC is all set to unveil its brand new smartphone, the HTC Rhyme. Powered by Google Android operating system platform, “Gingerbread”, HTC Rhyme will be hitting the market all around the US on September 29th, and will come with a $200 price tag through Verizon.

Location sharing platform Foursquare has achieved a milestone, with the service reaching a billion location check-ins. The milestone underlines the massive growth that the platform has seen in the past one year. The company announced 100 million check-ins back in July, 2010, and has grown significantly since then.

Lifestyle media firm Glam Media has moved to acquire Ning, a platform which is used to create and develop social networks. Ning, which was co-founded by Marc Andreessen, is home to more than 100,000 social networks and fan based platform, ranging from topics like 50 Cent to Sarah Palin.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is the biggest threat to the Android mobile operating system, it has been claimed. According to new data provided by research firm NDP Group, Google Android continues to lead the smartphone market and is the first choice of people thinking of purchasing a smartphone or changing to a new smartphone.

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday the names of 21 more cities where it plans to deploy faster LTE services from October 20th. The newly added cities, most being mid-sized, will add to the existing 143 cities which the company equipped with similar LTE services a few days back.