The most relevant mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
Today: Gowalla to Facebook is official, the EU probes Apple’s e-book deal with publishers, and the BlackBerry PlayBook as an albatross.
Carrier IQ interview: inside the brave new world of carrier phone tracking (via The Verge)
The Verge goes 10 rounds with Carrier IQ VP Andrew Coward.
Analyst: BlackBerry Playbook is an ‘albatross’ (via The Verge)
Bloomberg Businessweek outlines a compelling theory of the burden the Playbook places on RIM: it’s a necessary evil that RIM can’t afford to simply kill because it’s the only device RIM offers that runs its next-generation BBX OS.
Europe probes Apple’s e-book deal with publishers (via GigaOM)
In a statement, the European Commission said that it was looking into Apple’s deals with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Livre, Penguin and Holtzbrinck over the question of whether they have colluded to keep other players out of the e-book market, fix prices or unfairly restrict competition.
Developers see early boost from Kindle Fire (via GigaOM)
Quickoffice CEO Alan Masarek says they’ve seen a massive lift in sales of their Android app on Amazon thanks to the successful launch last month of the Kindle Fire.
Gowalla Versus Foursquare: Why Pretty Doesn’t Always Win (via TechCrunch)
A Gowalla investor explains the difference in one word: “Austin.” Gowalla was headquartered in Austin and Foursquare is based in New York.
SoLoMo And The Future Of Mobile Technology (via Fast Company)
Fast Company says SoLoMo (social, location, and mobile) is a trend larger than any single app or company, and it will encompass every industry on the planet. Sign us up!
Urban Airship Says Its Push Notifications Work On Kindle Fire (Which It Found Out By Accident) (via TechCrunch)
To support developers trying to add push to their Kindle apps, Urban Airship has added this section to its developer FAQ.