More Advice On What You Should Do If You Get A Lodsys Letter: Patrick Igoe, a patent attorney, writes on Groklaw argues that developers shouldn’t just roll over and pay Lodsys licensing fees to avoid litigation. He says first, speak to a lawyer, but secondly, be skeptical. “The burden is on the patent-holder to show that you are infringing the patent,” he writes, arguing that developers should question Lodsys’ claim chart.
Another Day, Another App Discovery Tool With Discovr: This one takes a very visual approach with mind-maps linking similar apps. Like we’ve said before, this is a big problem. There are 425,000 apps vying for space on a very small screen in the app store, but we’ve yet to see a third-party solution take off.
Tapad Raises $1.8 Million To Bring Ad Retargeting to Mobile Devices: Ad retargeting, or the ability to show the same ads over and over again to users from app to app, could be a big deal on mobile devices. Metamorphic Ventures, Firstmark Capital, Lerer Ventures, DoubleClick CEO David Rosenblatt, Clickable CEO David Kidder, 24/7 Real Media co-founder Geoff Judge, AppNexus founder Brian O’Kelly, Tacoda founder Dave Morgan, OpenX founder Scott Switzer, Hashable CEO Michael Yavonditte, and SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert seems to agree with angel investments in this company.
Apple’s Revenue From Apps Is Quickly Catching Up To Its Cut From Songs: Horace Dediu makes this unsurprising argument by looking at the average number of songs and apps that are downloaded per iOS user. Even though Apple has paid out $14 billion to music companies and $2.5 billion to app developers cumulatively, the gap between the store’s run-rates for apps and songs is quickly closing.
Angry Birds Breaches 250 Million Download Mark — Rovio Mobile has reached yet another milestone for its Angry Birds title. According to TechCrunch, the physics game has now been downloaded over 250 million times across all mobile platforms.
Color Loses A Co-Founder Despite Its $41 Million in Capital: After a botched launch, we’re not surprised to see one of the company’s seven co-founders depart. Peter Pham, who was chief executive of BillShrink before, departed.
Mobile Security From Lookout Expands to Mobile Browsing — As the constant influx of malware on Android Market has shown, mobile phone security is a growing issue. As such, security service company, Lookout is expanding its mobile device protection to include mobile browsing in order to help protect users from phishing sites and malware.
Starbucks Mobile Payments Available for Android Users — According to Engadget, Android owners will now be able to make purchases at Starbucks using their mobile device. Like the already released iPhone version, the app is free to download and will allow users to make purchases by scanning the app’s barcode and charge the cost to their digital Starbucks Card.
HTC Desire Not Slated to Get Android 2.3 — Owners of the HTC Desire handset will be disappointed to know that Taiwanese handset maker HTC announced that the device would not receive an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update. The reasoning is that the HTC Desire physically does not have enough memory to run both 2.3 and HTC Sense.
AisleBuyer Raises $7.5 Million — AisleBuyer is an app that allows users to scan products with their phone and purchase them without having to wait in a checkout line. In order to further develop the idea, AisleBuyer announced the raising of $7.5 million in a Series E round from its lead investor, Old Willow Partners, LLC.
Google Brings Mobile Technology to Desktops — Google announced three new technologies for desktops, says Gigaom. However, what is more interesting that two of these three stem from Google’s existing mobile technology. Two of these technologies were Voice Search and Search By Image, which were features that debuted on their mobile phones in the past year or two. The announcement marks an important shift in Google’s technology focus from desktops to mobile.
Shazam Launches Streaming Lyrics With First Acquisition: The app, which can identify any song, now shows lyrics alongside the music. It launched the product after acquiring a Silicon Valley-based company called Tunezee.