Nokia bets big on NFC, SAP bets big on HTML5 + the Instagram gold rush


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

GetJar gets new CEO as founder steps into app store evangelist role (via GigaOM)
GetJar COO Chris Dury is taking over the reins of the scrappy Android app retailer, allowing its Lithuania-based CEO and founder Ilja Laurs to focus more on evangelizing the concept of the alternate and open app store, while still keeping one foot in the day-to-day operations of the company, GetJar said on Thursday.

Instagram Aftermath: It’s Time For Entrepreneurs To Go All-In (via TechCrunch)
What a difference a few weeks can make. The passage of crowdfunding legislation in the U.S. coupled with the $1 billion acquisition offer of Instagram, signals the beginning of a full startup boom. In preparation for the good times, venture capitalists have started to raise new fund money at their pre-crash highs.

Google Play Now Accepts Paid Android App Submissions From New Seller Countries (via TechCrunch)
Google announced that developers in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Israel, and Poland can now sell Android apps and in-app additions in the Google Play store (and in their native currencies to boot).

Will Nokia And Microsoft’s NFC Tech (Finally) Make You Cut Up All Your Credit Cards? (via Fast Company)
Nokia’s Lumia assault continues, as it desperately tries to make itself relevant. That’s something it’s having to spend a lot of money to do, even as its U.S. effort is just starting. And now it’s bringing NFC along for the ride.

SAP Plans to Dominate Enterprise Mobile Apps with HTML5 and New Partnerships (via ReadWriteWeb)
One of the largest software companies in the world just made a series of moves that could make it one of the most powerful enterprise mobile developers in the world.

Intuit Acquires Mobile Payments Startup AisleBuyer (via BetaKit)
AisleBuyer, a mobile payments solution provider that focuses on making in-store shopping on mobile devices easy for retailers to implement, was acquired by ecommerce heavyweight Intuit in a deal this week, the terms of which were not disclosed. Intuit was initially interested in entering into a partnership with AisleBuyer, but determined that the smaller company made more sense as an acquisition target in the long run.

PayDragon Launches Mobile Ordering and Payment System for Food Vendors (via BetaKit)
The app, which comes from the team behind early QR code pioneer Paperlinks, debuted in a limited trial at SXSW in Austin earlier this year, and PayDragon CEO and founder Hamilton Chan thinks that based on that experience, he’ll have a hit on his hands.

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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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