This is good news for Russ and Mike:

“It took a few weeks to work out the details, but pretty much on the day that I announced Mowser was shutting, the guys at dotMobi got in touch with us interested in the service. Today is the official announcement that they’ve acquired the site and technology, and will be adding to their growing number of services targeted at mobile publishers. James Pearce has written a bit more here about the acquisition.”

Congratulations, guys!

Russell gets AppleDotted!

Apple has come out with an iPhone Webapp directory today, and it features Russell Beattie’s Mowser

“Woohoo!! I got contacted a few weeks ago about this, and almost forgot to submit my info until yesterday. Check it out, Mowser is in Apple’s iPhone Webapp Directory! Hooray! Doesn’t look too bad, hey? Suddenly maxing out that credit card a few months ago seems like a great investment. Awesome.

I’ll have to check out how the directory looks on the iPhone itself, and how much traffic this drives. But this is great, I’m very excited.”

Congrats, Russ. Hope this works out for you.

Mowser – The return of Russell Beattie

Welcome back, Russell – we missed you!

Mowser is short for “mobile browser” and is meant to enable any site to go mobile simply by adding a link through, for example:”

Russ also has a blog and a PDF presentation.

Great to see you’re blogging again – can’t wait to see where this is going!

Russell Beattie calls it quits

Now that is a real pity:

“Well, I think it’s time to put this weblog to bed.

Yep, after four years and almost 3,000 posts I’ve decided to close up the Notebook. There’s lots of reasons, but generally this is a continuation of the full-reset I started back in January. At first I was actually thinking about just transitioning to a more of a weekly blog where I write less frequently and was sort of cleaning everything up with that in mind. But then I just decided that I really needed a break, and that I’d really much rather start from scratch at another URL some other time when I’m ready to write again. Lot less pressure that way to do something new later on, and a lot easier to get out of the habit of posting daily now.”

Whoa. Russell’s blog was a real inspiration to me (although we rarely ever agreed on matters ;) ), and it was him who kicked off the whole mobitopia thing, which introduced me to a whole lot of fine people. Blogging on mobile matters kept me in contact with all of these men and women, and it’s a real enrichment to my life. When Russell close, I already sensed a disturbance in the force – suddenly everybody went back to their own little corner in the blogosphere, and the collaboration was limited to chatting on IRC and Skype and exchanging interesting links.

I miss those days. Good luck, Russ – I’d appreciate if you could find another way to let us follow your tracks.