Your Friday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Facebook buys Karma app (via GigaOM)
Karma was founded by Lee Linden and Ben Lewis who in their past life were co-founders of Tapjoy, that was acquired by Offerpal Media after reaching more than $100 million in revenue. Facebook plans to keep the service alive. A Facebook spokesperson said this is an acqusiton and not an acquhire.
Dustin Moskowitz on Facebook’s Early Days, Working with Zuck, Facebook’s #1 Mistake, and More (via PandoDaily)
Facebook’s management team has always been on-message. But now that it’s a publicly traded company, we can expect that candid, unplanned comments to the press are gone for good. That’s why we hit up the best source for the inside scoop on Facebook — one that’s no longer there. Dustin Moskovitz may have left Facebook to launch his own startup, Asana, but he’s still got plenty to say about the company he co-founded with Mark Zuckerberg.
Windows Phone shows signs of life (via BGR)
Kantar WorldPanel on Tuesday issued its report on smartphone market share in the U.S. and a number of large markets around the world, Reuters reported. According to the firm’s research, Android showed solid gains during the three month period ending in mid-April in nearly every major market Kantar covers, more than doubling its share to 62% in Germany and nearly doubling its share in both Spain and Italy.
Analysts: Nokia On Track To Burn Through Its Whole $6B Cash Pile In Next 2 Years (via TechCrunch)
In the last five quarters, Nokia has burned through €2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) from its cash reserves. Analysts polled by Reuters on average believe that at the rate Nokia is going, it will go through another €2 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next three quarters, with the total current cash pile of €4.9 billion ($6 billion) gone within two years.
How Facebook’s Mobile Strategy Might Create Future Revenue Streams (via ReadWriteWeb)
To understand where Facebook is with its mobile products, one must understand the problems that big companies deal with in rolling out new revenue-generating products. There are four phases, which author Geoffrey Moore calls “horizons,” for revenue-generating products at any given company:
The Kindle Fire Appstore is Better Than You Might Expect (via PandoDaily)
The Kindle Fire attracts a different audience than that of other Android tablets, and even an audience that Apple doesn’t cover, namely older people who have been loyal Kindle owners for years and have only now upgraded to the Fire.
Verizon: You can keep unlimited — if you buy your own phone (via GigaOM)
Verizon Wireless apparently isn’t done talking about its controversial plan to phase out “grandfathered” unlimited data plans for smartphone users. It issued a statement to The New York Times Thursday, detailing exactly how the policy would be implemented. What it boils down to is this: You can keep unlimited, but don’t expect Verizon to subsidize your device.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III Reportedly Racks Up Over 9 Million Pre-Orders Worldwide (via TechCrunch)
To put that number in a bit of perspective, the tremendously popular Galaxy S II was officially unveiled at MWC in February 2011, and managed to rack up 3 million global pre-orders by the end of April. Its successor, on the other hand, managed to garner triple the number of pre-orders in the three weeks since it was revealed in London.
The Future of Ambient Social Location Apps (via BetaKit)
Ambient location apps were a hot commodity at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, but they’ve failed to really capture the public’s attention the way past stars of that show like Foursquare managed to. But what does the future have in store for this category of mobile locations apps? Its business prospects are too good for marketers to pass up, for instance, even if that level of sharing is a bitter pill for consumers to swallow.