Podcast - 23rd July 2014
We start this week's podcast with news that thousands of Microsoft's ex-Nokia employees are losing their jobs.
Other topics for discussion include the new Apple and IBM partnership, Yahoo's acquisition of Flurry, regulating mobile games, improving rural mobile coverage, BT's new phone service and some management movements.
Office stationery retailer Staples and mobile card payment provider payleven have set up a distribution agreement that’ll see the payleven Chip & PIN card reader made available in all Staples stores across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.
payleven offers a Chip & PIN card reader that can be used via Bluetooth with an Apple or Android smartphone. Businesses simply pay a 2.75% transaction fee whenever they use payleven to process a credit or debit card payment.
Yahoo! has agreed to acquire Flurry, a US-based business that provides mobile app developers with information about the people using their apps as well as providing insight to advertisers and publishers.
Flurry currently sees activity from more than 540,000 smartphone and tablet apps on over 1.4 billion devices worldwide. At the moment it’s used by 170,000 developers.
Tim Hipperson has been appointed as Interim CEO of the Weve mobile payment and advertising joint venture.
He replaces David Sear, who’s left after 18 months for a role at online payment company Skrill.
The European Commission says Google has agreed to change its policies in response to EC proposals about mobile gaming and in-app purchases.
In December 2013, the EC said games advertised as ‘free’ shouldn’t mislead consumers about the true costs. It also said consumers “should be adequately informed” about payment arrangements and shouldn’t be charged without giving explicit consent.