Banjo hits 1M users in 9 months, Android isn’t critical to Google + Instagram almost got $2 billion


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

Banjo Hits 1M Users in Just Nine Months (via BetaKit)
Banjo hit that milestone faster than Facebook, Pinterest and a number of other popular social networks. Related: Why success for Banjo means you shouldn’t need to take your phone out of your pocket with founder Damien Patton.

Larry Page: Android is important, but not critical to Google (via BGR)
Page made the claim during courtroom testimony as he took the stand for a second day in the company’s legal dispute with Oracle. During an earnings call in October, Page said the company was “seeing a huge positive revenue impact from mobile, which has grown 2.5 times in the last 12 months to a run rate of over $2.5 billion.”

Instagram’s Price To Facebook Was Briefly $2 Billion (via Fast Company)
The WSJ also suggests that Zuck made the moves because he was worried that Instagram was growing so very swiftly, effectively bypassing Facebook’s photo-sharing dominance–this information chimes with rumors he “panicked” at this news. And Facebook’s board was “told” not asked about the deal.

Roger McNamee: ‘What Is Google So Afraid Of?’ (via PandoDaily)
Listening to Roger McNamee talk, I can’t help but feel that he knows more about mobile and tech than pretty much anyone on the planet. Watch this three times.

Tap for Tap Offers Promotion Tool for App Developers (via BetaKit)
Paying for advertising isn’t something every independent app creator can afford, especially when there’s not necessarily any guarantee that it will help. That’s why Tap for Tap wants to offer them a chance to get some exposure for free, via a marketing system that resembles the link exchange programs that were popular in the earlier days of the web.

The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes (via Fast Company)
A treasure trove of unearthed interviews, conducted by the writer who knew him best, reveals how Jobs’s ultimate success at Apple can be traced directly to his so-called wilderness years.

Internet Ad Revenue Reaches $31B In 2011, Mobile Up 149 Percent (IAB Report) (via TechCrunch)
Not surprisingly, as a percentage, mobile is the fastest-growing sector, more than doubling from $0.6 billion 2010 (the first year that the report tracked mobile numbers) to $1.6 billion 2011.

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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