Amazon’s Pivot, iOS in-app purchase hack + why Facebook bought Spool


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Amazon’s Pivot (via Fast Company)
Amazon hasn’t just evolved over the years. Jeff Bezos also conjured some masterful pivots.

How Apple is fighting iOS in-app purchase hack (via GigaOM)
The workaround was published last week by Alexey Borodin, a Russian hacker who demonstrated in a (now inaccessible) video on YouTube that with the installation of two certificates and a tweak to an iPhone’s Wi-Fi settings, he could bypass the step that requires payment for extra content within some iOS apps. (Macworld has more detail on how he’s doing it.)

Here is why Facebook bought Spool (via GigaOM)
Over the weekend, news reports emerged that Facebook was buying Spool, a mobile-oriented social bookmarking service started by Avichal Garg and Curtis Spencer. At the surface, this seems like yet another acqua-hire but scratch a little deeper and you start to understand Facebook’s motivation in buying this company.

More bad news: Developers are giving up on BlackBerry, too [updated] (via BGR)
Related: What is RIM worth?

Samsung smartphone sales smashed Apple in Q2 according to estimates (via BGR)
While the South Korean manufacturer has been neck-and-neck with the iPhone-maker for several quarters, the launch of the Galaxy S III may have helped Samsung gain a more commanding lead. The company is believed to have sold 50 million smartphones this past quarter, compared to an estimated 30.5 million iPhones.

3 reasons a $49 Lumia 900 price drop won’t help Nokia (via GigaOM)
Still, even if Nokia sold 500,000 Lumias compared to the number of iOS and Android devices, that’s a drop in the bucket. It’s not good for Nokia nor for Microsoft, when a large carrier such as AT&T isn’t building the Windows Phone user base in a meaningful way. And I can think of at least three reasons why the $49 price drop isn’t likely to change the situation.

The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies (via TechCrunch)
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank Future of Privacy Forum (“FPF”) released a study this week detailing the current state of mobile app privacy policies as of this past month, June 2012. The report found that many app developers are now responding to the increased pressure from U.S. regulators on this issue, and have now introduced privacy policies for their applications as well as new policies surrounding the use of customers’ private data.

Tablets & PCs: One Industry or Two? (via ReadWriteWeb)
It’s old news that tablets are eating the lunch of old-line PC makers, but the size of the bites can be surprising. A series of reports this week showed PC shipments flat to down, while tablets – led by the iPad – are selling more strongly than most observers expected.

Developers & APIs: The Rules of Engagement
There is one conclusion upon which most developers agree: A startup that depends solely on a third-party API doesn’t stand a chance of survival. Even when an app adds significant value, developers say it’s about knowing how to cover your ass and innovate ahead of changing APIs.

What Google Is (via TechCrunch)
Benjy Weinberger is the engineering site lead for foursquare’s San Francisco office. He previously worked on infrastructure and revenue engineering at Twitter, and before that on search and ad engineering at Google for eight years.

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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