Apple to buy back stock, Zynga might buy OMGPOP + photo sharing apps with sounds (UPDATED)


Your Monday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 72 hours, good to the last drop.

UPDATE: Apple sells 3 million new iPads worldwide (via The Verge)
As Phonescoop’s Eric Zeman aptly points out, that’s more than RIM has sold Playbooks and Motorola has sold Xooms in a year… combined. For some perspective, the original iPad took 80 days to sell 3 million.

Apple’s plans for $100B cash reserve: $10 billion stock repurchase, $2.65 quarterly dividend (via BGR)
Apple announced that it plans to repurchase $10 billion of stock over the next three years, in addition to paying out a $2.65 quarterly dividend. Over the next three years, the company expects to spend $45 billion.

4 Things Apple Should Have Done With Its Billions (via Mashable)
A nice point of comparison to our UNTETHER Asks on the same subject.

With dividend, Tim Cook thinks differently about Apple (via GigaOM)
Jobs was known for his extremes, but Cook and his CFO Peter Oppenheimer found a middle road: a way to satisfy Wall Street’s criticism of its too-large cash hoard, but in a manner that allows the company to stay flexible.

Zynga Is In Talks To Buy “Draw Something” Maker OMGPOP (via TechCrunch)
If it did happen, it would be Zynga’s biggest publicly disclosed acquisition to date. Zynga’s track record is mostly in acquiring small teams for a talent-price range of $5 to $20 million. But it did make a fantastic deal in late 2010 to buy Words With Friends-maker Newtoy for $53.3 million in cash and stock — a price that looks positively low in retrospect. After buying Newtoy, Zynga was able to double Words With Friends’ daily active users in 120 days.

My interview with Zynga CEO Mark Pincus: Leadership, startups & mobile gaming (via GigaOM)
Our conversation followed two threads. One was about Zynga and the future of social gaming; the other was about how the past decade of success, failure and now mega success with Zynga has changed him as a person.

Photo-Sharing Apps Using Sound to Tell Stories (via BetaKit)
This past week at SXSW saw the launch of Picle, a free iOS app that allows users to take pictures and then record up to 10 seconds of sound to create a ‘picle.’ Picles can then be combined to create stories, a mini movie made up of these images and sounds.

Why Mobile Operators Are Becoming Mad Men (via TechCrunch)
The big question is: Can telcos add the advertising expertise to create a great value proposition for both brands and consumers that makes them both happy? It’s a $22 billion question — or roughly, the estimated market size of combining deals, geofence mobile marketing and location-based services.

What devs say about iPad (but not Android tablets) (via GigaOM)
Android tablet apps are taking a backseat to those for the iPad. It’s very rare that an app first appears on Android devices over those running iOS. And that gives Apple a competitive advantage in this market: Consumers in the know won’t want to invest in the devices that get software titles second (if at all), but will buy the hardware that has the best supporting software and ecosystem.

Flipboard Gets Retina-Ready, But Will Users Spend More Time In-App? (via TechCrunch)
This question really boils down to how much of an app’s usage is based on the content versus the presentation of that content.

How Apple Could Fight The Bots, Scams And Other App Store Junk (via TechCrunch)
4 novel ideas to help regulate the App Store and make sure the proper apps receive the recognition they deserve.

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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