Mobile app news roundup: iOS Trojans, Call of Duty goes mobile and Big Fish Games’ cloud

Mobile security issues hit iOS and Android — Security issues loomed large on smartphones this week. Wired reported Apple had to remove the first iOS Trojan from the App Store — a Russian app called Find and Call that scraped user’s contact lists and sent unauthorized emails and messages. The app was also removed from Google Play. Meanwhile the BBC reported a Microsoft researcher had found a botnet using infected Android smartphones in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela. The botnet was using the devices to send spam emails. According to the BBC the Android botnet is the first of its kind.

Big Fish Games to create cloud streaming service for casual games — Seattle-based Big Fish Games is moving into cloud streaming, telling Develop it’s creating a multiplatform cloud streaming service for casual games that will work on iOS, Android and PC.

AdColony and W3i join MATA as Chartboost implements open API — Kontagent’s Mobile Ad Transparency Alliance (MATA) got a boost today — initial launch partner Chartboost has now fully implemented MATA’s open source API and AdColony and w3i have joined the alliance. Kontagent formed the alliance in March to establish a standardized nomenclature around mobile ad reporting.

3rdKind teams with KDDI — Tokyo-based localization, marketing and culturalization company 3rdKind has signed a deal with Japanese mobile phone operator KDDI to co-publish foreign smartphone apps to KDDI’s au Smart Pass service for Android smartphones. au Smart Pass is an in-app subscription service that gives users unlimited access to smartphone games for a monthly fee of about $5.

Sega creates mobile game division — Japanese gaming giant Sega is launching Sega Networks, a new subsidiary that will create games for smartphones and tablets, reports Serkan Toto.

Call of Duty going mobile — Activision is bringing its blockbuster Call of Duty Franchise to iOS. According to an interview UK video game industry expert Andy Payne gave to VideoGamer, Activision Leeds has been tapped to create the game.

Apple pays $60 mllion for iPad name in China — Apple has paid $60 million to Shenzhen Proview Technology for the Chinese trademark on the name iPad. The computer monitor manufacturer trademarked the name in 2001 and originally had sued Apple for $1.6 billion, according to PC Mag’s summary of the event.

SponsorPay launches two new app monetization products — Mobile app monetization and user acquisition service SponsorPay has introduced two new products — Unlock, a service that allows users to earn digital goods and paid apps by completing advertising offers and a tablet optimized version of its offer wall.

Objective-C now third most popular programming language — TIOBE reports Objective-C (the programming language used to create iOS apps) is now the third most popular programming language in use, overtaking C++ and C#.

[Rumor] Amazon is working on a smartphone — Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon is working with iPhone and iPad manufacturer Foxconn to develop its own Android-based smartphone.

[Funding] Zipline Games raises an additional $750,000 in seed funding — Seattle’s Zipline Games, creators of the Moai mobile development engine have raised an additional $750,000 in seed funding, reports TechCrunch.

[Funding] YouAPPi nets $1 million in seed funding — Israel-based YouAPPi has raised $1 million in seed funding from private investors for its app discovery service, which makes recommendations based on other apps a user has downloaded and engaged with.