Zuck talks Instagram, foursquare embraces coupons + HTML5 saved NSFW

 

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

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg defends $1bn Instagram purchase (via The Telegraph)
He said that Facebook had decided to buy Instagram when it saw the company’s user data cross a “tipping point”, from which they believed it would grow significantly.

foursquare looks to personalized offers to generate revenue (via GigaOM)
We knew this is where foursquare was going, but will it work?

Google Play Store surpasses 15 billion downloads (via BGR)
Apple reached the same number of downloads in July 2011 and recently surpassed 25 billion downloads in March. The gap between the two marketplaces seems to be widening slightly, with Google seeing about 1 billion app downloads per month while Apple is serving about 1.25 billion app downloads per month.

Flint Launches image-Based Mobile Payment App, Raises $3M Series A (via BetaKit)
Flint’s new app for iPhone debuts today, enabling mobile transactions via a smartphone’s camera and a customer’s payment card, including both debit and credit options, requiring no extra hardware.

Angry Birds generated $106 million for Rovio in 2011 (via BGR)
Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio were downloaded 648 million times and featured 200 million active monthly users.

How NSFW Corp Dodged the Newsstand Bullet and Lucked Into HTML5 (via PandoDaily)
The ability to throttle access to the pilot issue, to offer discounted bulk subscriptions to sponsors and potentially later to A/B test different price points are just three more reasons why HTML5 kicks the Newstand’s ass six ways from Sunday.

Saygent uses mobile to help retailers get instant customer feedback (via GigaOM)
Saygent, a 500 Startups company from San Mateo, Calif., is bringing its voice sentiment analysis software to Ingenico’s mobile point of sale devices, giving retailers and merchants a way to solicit almost instant voice feedback.

Geolocation Apps Giving Way to Social Travel Guides (via BetaKit)
With the recent wave of apps like Dabble, gopogo, and Everplaces, a focus on the stories behind locations – not just longitude and latitude – is emerging.

The World is Not Quite Ready for Mobile Payments, According to MasterCard (via ReadWriteWeb)
MasterCard released the “MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index” (MPRI) to gauge the readiness of 34 countries across the globe for mobile payments. MasterCard defines mobile payments in three different categories: peer-to-peer, mobile commerce (mCommerce) and at the point of sale (POS).

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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