GetJar shuffles executives — Independent app store GetJar has promoted its COO Chris Dury to the position of CEO. The company’s former CEO and founder, Ilja Laurs will now be the company’s executive chairman.
Urban Airship partners with Intel for PC IAPs — Urban Airship is expanding its in-app messaging and purchasing tools to developers of PC apps. As part of a new partnership with Intel, Intel AppUp developers will have all back-end in-app purchase costs until 2015.
Greystripe brings PC ad targeting to mobile — Greystripe and its parent company ValueClick have released a new segmentation tool called ValueClick Audience Mapping. The targeting tool allows clients to use online data to target audience segments on mobile devices.
New seller countries added to Google Play — Android developers in the Czech Republic, Israel, Poland and Mexico are now able to process app sales and in-app payments using their local bank accounts for payments, according to the Android Developers Blog.
Amazon brings in-app payments out of beta — After several months of testing, Amazon has brought its in-app payment system out of beta. Amazon will have the ability to discount in-app purchases, but developers will always receive 70 percent of the list price reports TechCrunch.
Department of Justice files suit against Apple — The Department of Justice has filed an antitrust suit against Apple, alleging the company and five book publishers colluded to fix the prices on ebooks. Apple’s spokesperson Tom Neumayr released this statement today:
The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we’ve allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.
Instagram up to 40 million users — Instagram has added 10 million users in the last 10 days, reports TechCrunch. The jump has been largely fueled by the app’s move to Android and the press coverage of its acquisition by Facebook.
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planswalkers headed to iPad — Wizards of the Coast is bringing its ultra-popular collectible card game to the iPad. Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers 2013 will hit the iPad in the summer.
Windows Phone users want Draw Something — Pocket Gamer is reporting a petition for Zynga to bring Draw Something to Windows Phone has gathered more than 3,000 signatures.
SAP acquires Syclo — German business software company SAP has acquired Syclo, a provider of mobile enterprise solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cellufun is now “Tylted” — Cellufun’s re-name game has ended and the company is now called Tylted. The name was chosen by a popular vote that polled more than 30,000 Cellufun users.
Unity up to 1 million registered developers — Unity now has 1 million registered developers and almost 300,000 monthly active users. In March the company began a promotion to attract developers by giving away the $800 iOS and Android development license.
Gamefly getting into mobile publishing — Video game rental service Gamefly is venturing into mobile publishing, according Gamefly’s Garnet Lee, who announced the news in the Weekend Confirmed podcast.
Chop Chop Ninja coming to TV — Gamerizon’s hit iOS game Chop Chop Ninja will soon be a children’s TV show produced by Teletoon Canada and animated by Sardine productions. The show, available in multiple formats, will have 52 11-minute episodes and 52 one minute episodes and a variety of original web-based material. Chop Chop Ninja has been downloaded more than 5 million times.
Google Currents goes international — Google’s Currents magazine app is now available internationally. According to the Google Mobile blog, the app now has over 400 publisher editions and 14,000 self published publications available.
[Funding] Voxer chats up $30 million round — Walkie talkie app Voxer has closed a $30 million dollar funding round lead by Institutional Venture Partners. Other participants include Intel Capital, SV Angel, CrunchFund, Chris Dixon and Roger McNamee. TechCrunch estimates the round places the company’s valuation at $180 million.
[Funding] Beamit snags $2.4 million seed round — Mobile payments company Beamit has raised an additional $2.4 million in seed money, adding to its initial $750,000 of angel funding. The round was lead by Founder’s Co-op Bezos Expeditions and TomorrowVentures. Beamit focuses on enabling the mobile transfer of funds between the U.S and developing countries like The Philippines.