Your Wednesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Oink Closure Raises Questions About “Fail Fast” App Development
I hate to say it, but we kinda called this.
How Glancee And Highlight Are Fixing Those Background Location And Notification Problems (via TechCrunch)
The changes aren’t going to leave every user satisfied, but the results could be a much more nuanced discovery experience when you use them in everyday life.
Android tablets can’t compete with the iPad 2, let alone the new iPad, analyst says (via BGR)
Which is why Android manufacturers would be foolish to price them like the iPad.
PayPal’s Square rival: high-end design, lower fees (via GigaOM)
PayPal is expected to charge merchants a fee of 2.7 percent on transactions, undercutting Square’s existing 2.75 percent fee. It’s unclear if PayPal will charge a flat transaction fee on top of the 2.7 percent. Square did away with a flat transaction fee last year.
PayPal’s Google Wallet competitor shown off at SXSW (via BGR)
PayPal’s digital wallet has a simple desktop interface and of course it features mobile compatibility and a number of now-common features, but there are also a few intriguing features that aren’t common among rival offerings.
How The Karma App Makes Gift-Giving Slick And Social [TCTV] (via TechCrunch)
Karma, the gift-giving app made by the founders of Tapjoy, made its official debut just two weeks ago. But with $5 million in funding from heavyweight venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins, Karma has clearly caught the attention of some important people.
NPD: One third of all smartphones sold in Q4 had 4G connectivity (via BGR)
HSPA+ “4G” accounted for 22% sales, however, leaving LTE and WiMAX technologies with a much less impressive share of the smartphone market.
AT&T vs. the consumer: the throttling controversy grows (via GigaOM)
Last month, AT&T fought and lost a lawsuit over whether its highly controversial throttling policy violated the terms of “unlimited” smartphone contracts. Matt Spaccarelli was awarded $850 for his efforts, but neither side is letting the issue the issue drop.
What Developers can do to Limit App Theft on Jailbroken Devices (via ReadWriteWeb)
Jail broken devices are the prime source of software theft for mobile app developers. Fiksu estimates that 10% of iPhone and 7% of iPad users have jail broken their devices. Once jail broken, iOS devices are much more capable of stealing software and can cost developers up to 40% or more of their revenue.