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Summer concert tries all-mobile ticketing

NEW YORK — A recent concert featuring the dance duo LMFAO and rapper-producer Swizz Beatz seemed like a typical summer show, but the fans who attended were taking part in an experiment in mobile ticketing.

The Billboard Summer Blowout party was billed as the first event for which every ticket distributed was via mobile phones. Joshua Dziabiak, founder of ShowClix, the company behind the service, said the ticketing system was the first of its kind to be used in the United States and hopes the multimedia messaging service (MMS) will revolutionize the way ticketing works.

“It’s the ability to have your event tickets delivered to your mobile device without having to print anything out,” he said before Thursday’s free concert. “It’s a lot easier for patrons to remember their tickets.”

ShowClix has been making mobile ticketing available for concerts for the past three years. Instead of receiving a paper ticket, the purchaser has it sent to a mobile phone via a text message. Once the purchaser turns up to the venue and shows the phone, another device is used to scan the ticket.


Doctor pleads guilty in NYC securities case

NEW YORK — An Ivy League-trained doctor turned health care hedge fund manager has pleaded guilty in New York to a conspiracy charge for illegally evading $30 million in losses by obtaining inside information from a fellow doctor.

Joseph “Chip” Skowron III of Greenwich, Conn., entered the plea Monday to conspiring to commit securities fraud and obstructing justice. He has agreed to serve a five-year prison sentence.

Skowron oversaw six hedge funds related to health care when he worked at FrontPoint Partners LLC.

Authorities say he evaded millions of dollars in losses in 2007 and 2008 by paying a prominent French doctor for secrets on the progress of a liver disease drug.

Sentencing will be Nov. 18.

From wire dispatches and staff reports