Mobile Second Cup – More iPad 3 rumours, Facebook launches mobile ads + foursquare ditches Google Maps


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

Report: Apple To Unveil An 8GB iPad 2 With The iPad 3, Begin Production On 7.85-inch iPad In 3Q12 (via TechCrunch)
But this move, if it’s true, is classic Apple. It makes perfect sense and is a move that runs parallel with a popular theory at TC HQ in which Apple is not replacing the iPad 2 next Wednesday, but rather adding a high-res model to the still-successful iPad 2 product line.

Facebook brings ads to mobile news feed and logout screen (via BGR)
Sigh. Double sigh.

foursquare is joining the OpenStreetMap movement! Say hi to pretty new maps! (via foursquare)
When we initially began looking around for other map providers, we found some incredibly strong alternatives. And while the new Google Maps API pricing was the reason we initially started looking into other solutions, we ultimately ended up switching because, after all our research and testing, OpenStreetMap and MapBox was simply the best fit for us.

Android fragmentation gets measured; 2012 is the year of Gingerbread (via BGR)
Android fragmentation issues will not only continue into 2012, they’ll increase. Who needs ice cream sandwiches or jelly beans?

Mobile Payment Solution LevelUp Now Seeing $1M Per Month In Transactions; Launches API (via TechCrunch)
First and foremost, the problem LevelUp is really trying to solve is offering a way for users to bypass NFC or having certain cards to pay for their goods. Now on iPhone, Android, mobile web, and good old physical card form, users simply use the apps to register their most-used credit card or debit card on LevelUp. From there, they get their own unique QR code, which they can simply scan at one of those 1,400 locations. The transaction is completed, and they’re emailed a receipt.

DigiMo Cracks The Code: Mobile Payments With No Point Of Sale Changes (via TechCrunch)
It actually works with existing infrastructure and requires no Point Of Sale hardware changes by merchants. Really. No NFC terminals to buy. No new card readers needed. This is a major sticking point for merchant adoption of new mobile payments platforms.

Slowly But Surely Software Will Eat Mobile World Congress Too (via TechCrunch)
The next chapter in the ‘carriers are screwed’ narrative.

TAT = Teasers Are Torture. RIM’s Teasers Show Off Innovative Thinking on PlayBook, But When Will We See Product? (via CrackBerry)
With The Astonishing Tribe (now RIM Sweden), the waiting is the hardest part.

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