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Using the mobile web version of Twitter? Get ready for updates

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Using mobile.twitter.com on your browser of an older smartphone? Get ready for an updated version of the site. Twitter announced in a blog post on Wednesday that it overhauled the mobile version of the site, simplifying the screen and making it easier for tweets to load, among other changes. The mobile...
Using the mobile web version of Twitter? Get ready for updates

Struggling Google Wallet reportedly abandons the idea of plastic cards

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It’s been two years since Google launched its mobile payments platform, Google Wallet, but the initiative has been slow to take off. The company had reportedly planned to launch a plastic card that could be used at merchants who don’t accept tap-and-go NFC payments. On Friday, though, AllThingsD reported that Google has abandoned the idea. AllThingsD...
Struggling Google Wallet reportedly abandons the idea of plastic cards

As Google, Isis lock horns, U.S. trails in NFC phone shipments

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Phones embedded with near-field communications (NFC) chips are beginning to proliferate, but their uptake has been much slower in North America than in Europe and Asia, according to Berg Insight. Of the 30 million NFC handsets sold in 2011, roughly 5 million wound up in the hands of North American...
As Google, Isis lock horns, U.S. trails in NFC phone shipments

$99 now gets you in the Android game without a contract

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Pre-paid smartphone prices have slowly been declining, and now Virgin Mobile is offering a new Android 2.3 handset for $99. The no-contract smartphone, built by Alcatel One Touch, offers basic hardware but could be appealing based on Virgin’s $35 monthly plan that includes unlimited Sprint 3G data and texts, along...
$99 now gets you in the Android game without a contract

IoT podcast: When devices can talk, will they conspire against you?

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Alex Hawkinson lives in the smartest house around. As the CEO of SmartThings, a company building a hub and cloud service for the internet of things, he’s playing with connected toys all the time and trying to get them to work together. In this podcast, we talk about SmartThings, how...
IoT podcast: When devices can talk, will they conspire against you?

Etsy: 1 in 5 visits is from mobile device

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Six months after launching its iPhone app, Etsy says that nearly one in five visits to its site comes from a mobile device. In a blog post today, the company said that it has surpassed 1.5 million downloads of the app (two months ago, it reached its one millionth download)....
Etsy: 1 in 5 visits is from mobile device
Good Deal: HTC Rezound and LG Spectrum on sale for $99 at Verizon

ScanFLX makes mobile Netflix disc management a snap

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Twice as many Netflix customers are streaming vs having discs mailed to them, but that doesn’t mean it should be difficult to manage a Netflix disc queue. ScanFLX, a nifty new $0.99 iOS app, makes it easier to add titles to your list of DVDs or Blu-Ray movies by using...
ScanFLX makes mobile Netflix disc management a snap

Devs, here’s your 6 month window for mobile app success

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Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a crystal ball to predict the potential success for a mobile app? Unfortunately, there isn’t (yet) but the next best thing might be here: A look at the success rate over 6 months from more than 100,000 Android apps in 200 countries. Inner-active,...
Devs, here’s your 6 month window for mobile app success

Good day for mobile ads: Millennial IPO soars

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Mobile advertising’s best days are likely still off in the future, but that hasn’t stopped investors from snapping up shares of mobile ad firm Millennial Media on its first day as a public company, nearly doubling the company’s value in a few hours. Just after Millennial’s stock made its debut...
Good day for mobile ads: Millennial IPO soars

Google's Venture Arm Wants Its Hand in More Mobile Deals

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Venture capitalist Rich Miner knows a thing or two about the mobile market. Though he focuses on making investments for Google Ventures these days, Miner’s prior role was working with Andy Rubin to create a little start-up called Android. In his early days, Miner consciously tried to focus on areas...
Google's Venture Arm Wants Its Hand in More Mobile Deals

Twitter and American Express team up to let you purchase with hashtags

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Looking to make a new purchase from Amazon, Sony, or Xbox? How about making your purchase through a tweet? A new partnership between Twitter and American Express will allow users to connect their American Express credit cards through the Twitter site and then make purchases from select retailers, the Wall Street...
Twitter and American Express team up to let you purchase with hashtags

Mobile deals company Scoutmob raises $3.25m, inks deal with First Data

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Scoutmob, an app development startup that delivers digital, location-based coupons and curated content straight to users’ phones, has scored both $3.25 million in funding and a partnership with payments company First Data. The announcements were made on Scoutmob’s blog this morning. The capital injection comes from a group of investors...
Mobile deals company Scoutmob raises $3.25m, inks deal with First Data

Braintree opens up Venmo in-app payments to all iOS developers

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When Braintree bought Venmo for $26.2 million in August what it got was a peer-to-peer payments provider that replicated the ease of a PayPal money transfer within its mobile apps. But two months ago, Braintree started tweaking Venmo’s technology as a payment identity tool on iOS, called Venmo Touch. A...
Braintree opens up Venmo in-app payments to all iOS developers
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Location-Centric Mobile Ad Network Verve Closes $14M From Qualcomm, Nokia Growth Partners

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Verve Mobile, an advertising network that focuses on delivering geo-fenced or geo-targeted ads, just picked up a third round of venture funding from Nokia Growth Partners and Qualcomm. BlueRun Ventures, an earlier investor that specializes in mobile deals, also participated in the $14 million round. That brings the company’s total funding...
Location-Centric Mobile Ad Network Verve Closes $14M From Qualcomm, Nokia Growth Partners

Evernote Food adds OpenTable integration and recipe sharing

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Evernote Food announced a few updates Tuesday that integrate it with foodie services and let users share recipes to Twitter and Facebook. OpenTable is now built into Evernote Food so that users can book reservations directly from the app, the company announced on its blog. They can share recipes on...
Evernote Food adds OpenTable integration and recipe sharing

Dish missing out on mobile deals while waiting for rulings, Ergen says

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While T-Mobile USA announced a deal to merge with MetroPCS Wireless on Wednesday, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said regulatory delays have prevented his company from securing partners and spectrum it will need to build a viable mobile broadband business....
Dish missing out on mobile deals while waiting for rulings, Ergen says
Year-to-date game acquistions reach an all-time high

New Bluetooth headset powers cyclists’ conference calls

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With weather warming up in the Northern hemisphere, it’s time to get outside. My wife and I like to take the road bikes out and ride together, but we sometimes separate for stretches as one or the other of us is able to work the local hills better. At that...
New Bluetooth headset powers cyclists’ conference calls

Google turns up location data usage on Android apps

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Amid all the announcements Google is making at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco this week are three APIs that show Google wants to make the most of the sensors in Android devices and will let developers incorporate rich location data into their apps. The first API, called Fused...
Google turns up location data usage on Android apps
Facebook takes the like button to mobile partners

Tackling Social, Local, Mobile Marketing: Pros Reveal Their 'SoLoMo' Strategy At Social Media ROI

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Despite the general consensus that business opportunities in mobile, social, and local marketing are huge, the "SoLoMo" nut has not been fully cracked. Mobile advertising numbers remain relatively teeny -- and some claim they'll stay that way. The "local-mobile deals" space is a Wild West of competitors, from bigs like...
Tackling Social, Local, Mobile Marketing: Pros Reveal Their 'SoLoMo' Strategy At Social Media ROI

Out Of East LA, KokoChé Is A New Deals App For The Cash Economy

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KoKoChé is a mobile deals startup born in East Los Angeles aiming to bridge the gap for communities ignored by big social deal sites, specifically cash-centric small businesses. The app launched this summer in East LA, Koreatown, Echo Park and Silverlake, and is currently available for Android in Beta, and...
Out Of East LA, KokoChé Is A New Deals App For The Cash Economy

Social Passport Marries NFC With Social Media For A New Spin On Mobile Deals

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When it comes to daily deals and loyalty programs, local merchants are constantly bombarded with new options. Groupon has leapt ahead in daily deals, and there quite a few players in the loyalty program space, all trying various approaches to mobile, to rewarding influencers, to encouraging social engagement, gamification, and...
Social Passport Marries NFC With Social Media For A New Spin On Mobile Deals
Who needs data? Google launches Gmail SMS in Africa
American Express Leverages Spending History, Location For Mobile Deals You Actually Care About

Mobile app installs rise, but time in apps barely moves

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Over the past year as more U.S. consumers have adopted smartphones — more than half of the population now uses one — the number of installed applications is up for both Android and iOS devices. Yet the amount of time spent using those applications hasn’t changed much, says Nielsen. In...
Mobile app installs rise, but time in apps barely moves

PayPal's mobile payment service will go live in Europe with a funky new card reader

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PayPal is bringing its Here mobile payments service to the U.K., but its familiarly shaped triangle card reader will not be making the journey over the Atlantic. Instead PayPal is launching a new device that better fits the point-of-sale policies of Europe: a card reader with a numeric keypad for...
PayPal's mobile payment service will go live in Europe with a funky new card reader
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