Mobile Second Cup – iPad HD rumours, Naveen leaves Foursquare + Yelp has 1.5 billion


The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.

Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare co-founder is leaving (via GigaOM)
Naveen will remain on the board and as an advisor to the company.

Apple’s next iPad to be named ‘iPad HD’ instead of iPad 3, report claims (via BGR)
A purported parts list from accessory vendor Griffin that included multiple entries for iPad HD accessories was published on Twitter by Michael Fonfara on Thursday.

Apple’s App Store reaches 25 billion downloads (via BGR)
The Cupertino-based company will reward Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China with a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card for downloading the 25 billionth app.

Yelp is worth $1.5 billion… Now what? (via GigaOM)
Well, if it’s anything like LinkedIn or Zynga, it will start sniffing around for acquisitions to augment its existing platform, to integrate new features and to add talented engineers.

Square’s Register and the return of the mom-and-pop shop (via GigaOM)
Square is giving small vendors the tools to make intelligent decisions with the same sort of inventory management, sales data and analytics their larger competitors have. And it’s got the potential to make an even greater impact than the initial payment processing piece had made.

More Mobile Ad Consolidation: Carrier SingTel Buys Amobee For $321 Million (via TechCrunch)
SingTel — which has 434 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand — is banking on brands wanting to target customers with mobile ads in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in emerging markets.

China becomes first country to reach 1 billion mobile subscribers (via BGR)
According to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, mobile phone subscriptions in China had reached 997 million by late February, and were expected reach one billion by the end of the month.

Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere (via TechCrunch)
Doing the math on these numbers, that works out to 167 million people using the Android browser monthly, with more than 737 million people accessing the web using mobile browsers overall.

Isis recruits big point-of-sale providers for mobile payment push (via GigaOM)
Retailers will need to upgrade their existing terminals in some cases with hardware add-ons and in other cases, through remote software updates.

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