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

Facebook to acquire browser maker Opera? Maybe. Here’s what we know. (via The Next Web)
We’re told that there’s currently a hiring freeze at Opera, which is a surefire sign that something big is about to happen – or at least that Opera wants something big to happen.

A Facebook phone: Ambitious leap or fatal mistake? (via GigaOM)
Talk of a dedicated Facebook phone resurfaced this weekend with a report from Nick Bilton in the New York Times that said the social network “hopes to release its own smartphone by next year,” and has been hiring hardware engineers and developers — including several from Apple — as part of that effort.

If Facebook Buys Opera, It Can Be Bigger Than Google (via PandoDaily)
Buying Opera would give Facbeook a huge opportunity to build a new experience purely for mobile. And then we would have to reassess everything we thought we knew about the company. Because Facebook isn’t a “product.” Its news feed and photos are mere features that complement its immense network. The reason I can never “leave” Facebook is because I wouldn’t really be leaving anything. I’d actually be severing valuable ties to friends and contacts that are extremely difficult to maintain in any other way.

Facebook Camera Could Backfire and Get All Of FB’s Apps Buried In A Folder (via TechCrunch)
Not everyone loves Facebook enough to give it three, four, or five spots on their homescreen. So yesterday’s launch of Facebook’s third consumer iOS app Facebook Camera could actually end up reducing usage of Facebook’s main app, Messenger, and others by compelling people to consolidate them into a folder. Facebook Camera has shot to the top of the iOS free charts, so lots of people are making the decision of where to put it right now.

Apple Rejects Apps Integrating Micro-Payments Service Flattr, Company Claims “It’s Not the End” (via TechCrunch)
More importantly is the idea that Flattr could become an alternative to Apple’s own in-app purchasing system, allowing users to “flattr” in exchange for virtual goods, perhaps. That would be a huge no-no, considering Apple’s 30% cut of in-app purchases are a key revenue generator for its app business. Rather than police all future apps with Flattr integration, Apple has decided to break the user experience instead. Developers, users, and content creators may not be happy with the decision, but the end result is worse news for the Flattr ecosystem than it is for Apple’s.

Nearpod Helps Classrooms Leverage the iPad for Learning (via BetaKit)
Equipped with an iPad and the Nearpod app, students in the classroom can study in a synchronized environment. ”Our mission is to create tools for mobile devices that will significantly improve the quality and cost of delivering education,” said Nearpod co-founder Guido Kovalskys in an interview.

Push Level Agreement (via TechCrunch)
That’s the big secret Wall Street is struggling with, that push is the monetization model of mobile. Who cares what the UI is, or what the advertising surface is. The moment a push hits your screen, it comes down to a binary decision: do I want to know more, or do I already know enough. To make that decision, we need social metadata to help out. Who said this, who retweeted it, who @mentioned it, and how are these signals parsed to prioritize the queue.

How The Future of Mobile Lies in the Developing World (via TechCrunch)
The explosive growth of mobile in developing countries over the past five years is what prompted us at UNICEF to leverage mobile to strengthen our programmes in 190 countries and territories. Many of UNICEF’s programmes now use mobiles for a variety of purposes. One program ensures that infants are tested for HIV and put on treatment if necessary. Another gathers direct feedback from communities on everything from water sanitation to access to essential medication.

Mobile Online Shopping Holds The Real Opportunity In Mobile Payments (via TechCrunch)
There is a massive mobile commerce opportunity that is a severe pain point for both consumers and merchants, but large industry players are failing to meaningfully address it. That opportunity is e-commerce on the mobile device or m-commerce. M-commerce is ramping up, proving that consumers not only like to shop via their mobile device, but also will purchase. However, the numbers also show that there’s significant room for improvement in the mobile device purchasing experience – mainly through optimizing the shopping and payment processes for consumers.

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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