The top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Apple enters the 4G age; will carriers return the favor? (via GigaOM)
LTE connectivity in the new iPad virtually assures similar treatment in the next iPhone. Apple has stepped up. Now it’s the operators’ turn to reciprocate by lowering mobile data prices.
Path Launches 2.1 Update: Music Match, Nike+ Support, And An API You Can’t Use Yet (via TechCrunch)
Photographs make up the lion’s share of 100 million+ moments shared through Path, and to make them more memorable, the 2.1 update includes enhanced focus/exposure controls, a new Pow! Lens to imbue your shots with some comic book flair, and tweaks to their existing set of lenses.
Mobile Ad Network Millennial Media Will List On The New York Stock Exchange (via TechCrunch)
According to more recent stats from the filing, Millennial serves ads to 200 million unique users worldwide, including approximately 100 million unique users in the United States alone. More than 30,000 apps are enabled by developers to receive ads delivered by Millennial.
Juniper: NFC to reach $74 billion in transactions by 2015 (via GigaOM)
Whether we actually hit $74 billion in NFC transactions is up for debate because consumers will still need to find value in contactless payments and the process of delivering that through personalized offers and deals is still being worked out. The confusion over competing NFC efforts that don’t interoperate could also hold back some adoption.
Clover Raises $5.8M From Andreessen Horowitz; Launches As A One-Click Mobile Payments Platform (via TechCrunch)
As CEO Bryan Lamkin explains, Clover is trying to build the fastest, simplest and most secure payment network for mobile and tablet devices. The startup believes there is still a tremendous amount of friction in mobile checkout and payments, resulting in shopping cart abandonment and low conversion rates for merchants, retailers, and developers.
Instagram Isn’t Monetizing Those Retro Photos; This New Ad Network Is (via PandoDaily)
To put this in lame tech PR-speak, it’s like Klout Perks or Twittad/Ad.ly/Twitmob/MyLikes for photos. To put it in plain English, if you’re popular on Instagram, you can now get paid for slipping in a brand every so often. It’s like when Kim Kardashian tweets about 1-800-Flowers, but, you know, nicer to look at. And the plan is to make it a little bit classier.
Forget LTE — the real iPad wireless story is Bluetooth (via GigaOM)
The inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 makes the iPad the first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet. The newer Bluetooth 4.0 technology brings improved power efficiency as well as expanded functionality; particularly when it comes to health-related gadgets and apps.