The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, served with cream and two sugars.
Poisoned iPhone factory workers beg for reform in open letter (via BGR)
The letter was written by Guo Rui-qiang and Jia Jing-chuan, two former factory workers who urge consumers to sign SumOfUs’s petition and demand that Apple force its suppliers and manufacturing partners to improve working conditions at their Chinese factories. Both workers claim to have been poisoned by a chemical cleaner called N-hexane, and they have suffered neurological damage as a result.
Report: Video Accounts For Half Of All Mobile Traffic; Android Biggest For Mobile Ads (via TechCrunch)
The data, from quarterly report on mobile data usage out today from mobile analytics firm Bytemobile, also found that Android is generating more mobile ad volume than iOS devices, and that Google now accounted for 75 percent of ad-generated data across all platforms.
Millennial: Android Ad Impressions Grew 504 Percent in 2011; iOS Share Declined 7 Percent (via TechCrunch)
In 2011, Android had a 47 percent share of device OS impressions, while iOS had a 33 percent share. For basis of comparison, in 2010, iOS had the top spot with a 41 percent share, while Android made up 30 percent.
Submit once, sell everywhere? Mozilla to open mobile Web app store (via GigaOM)
While Mozilla avoided any discussion of the details, it suggested two ways to make things easier for developers: standard APIs that could help developers reach down into the phone, and “a new identity system for the Web that puts users in control of their content, tying apps to the user and not the device or platform.”
With The AT&T Deal Dead, T-Mobile Plans To Invest $4 Billion In Network Modernization And LTE (via TechCrunch)
The company will also be investing in the B2B segment, advertising, and attracting new MVNO partners. T-Mobile will continue to remodel its stores and make inroads in new territories, as well as expand the sales force by 1,000 employees.
GetJar offers virtual currency to boost app downloads (via GigaOM)
GetJar is trying to further engage users and reward their loyalty by giving them gold coins they can use to buy Android apps and pay for in-app content. It’s a model that’s growing in favor and has already been employed in recent months in some form by Tapjoy and Fiksu.
Should mobile operators embrace over-the-top VoIP? (via GigaOM)
Voice-over-Wi-Fi pioneer Kineto Wireless is trying to convince operators that if they can’t beat the over-the-top VoIP challengers like Skype, they might as well join them. Kineto is now selling a VoIP client and platform to operators that would allow them to bypass their own voice networks and offer their own cheap IP telephony services over Wi-Fi, LTE and even 3G.
Mobile Payments Company GoPago Nabs Investment From JPMorgan Chase (via TechCrunch)
Rather than have to wait in line while some putz agonizes over the exact mustard-to-mayonnaise ratio on his sandwich, GoPago users can store their credit card’s payment information in the GoPago smartphone app and place their orders remotely.
Zipmark’s payment system looks to retire the checkbook (via GigaOM)
For merchants and billers, the appeal of Zipmark is, in part, speed: it authorizes payments and forwards the funds the next day, instead of two to four days for most checks. Also, by tapping the existing checking network, Zipmark can keep fees low enough to provide an interesting alternative to credit-card payments.