Mobile app news roundup: DeNA, GREE and Zynga

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By Kathleen De Vere Comment

New MMA directors — The Mobile Marketing Association has announced its new 13 member board of directors. The elected directors will serve a two year term. They are:

  • Jonathan Carson , CEO of Digital, Nielsen
  • Carolyn Everson , VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
  • Louis Gump , VP Mobile, CNN
  • Jack Haber , VP Global Advertising & Digital, Colgate-Palmolive
  • Tobin Ireland , Group Director of Commercial Development, Vodafone
  • Barry Judge , Former Chief Marketing Officer, Best Buy
  • Joe Kennedy , CEO & President, Pandora Media, Inc.
  • Thomas Labarthe , VP Mobile Commerce, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Neal Mohan , VP Product Management, Google
  • Alex Moukas , CEO, Velti
  • Rob Norman , CEO, GroupM
  • Jack Philbin , Co-Founder, President, & CEO, Vibes
  • Emre Sayin , Chief Consumer Business Unit Officer, Turkcell

DeNA teams with Renren — DeNA has signed a deal with Chinese social networking platform Renren to bring mobile games from DeNA’s Mobage network to Renren’s mobile app. Under the terms of the deal the games will be found in a dedicated section of the app.

GREE buys Korea’s Paprika Lab — GREE has bought Korean mobile-social developer Paprika Lab, reports The Next Web. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Zynga buys console dev Buzz Monkey – TechCrunch is reporting that Zynga’s latest acquisition is Buzz Monkey, an Oregon-based developer that worked on Zynga’s game Pioneer Trail.  Several Buzz Monkey employees have already begun changing their job descriptions on LinkedIn. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Windows Marketplace passes 100,000 apps — More than 100, 000 apps have been published to the Windows Marketplace according to All About Windows Phone. Of the 100,000 published, 88,371 of those are still available.

Google’s mobile maps will now work offline — Mobile users will soon be able to cache Google Maps on their phones, allowing them to be viewed in offline mode, reports TechCrunch.

DFC: Mobile will account for a quarter of video game revenue by 2017 — Research firm DFC intelligence is predicting mobile devices will account for 25 percent of all video game revenue by 2017. According to DFC, PCs will account for 39 percent of revenue and consoles 36 percent.

PayAnywhere comes to Android — Mobile POS company PayAnywhere has added two new Android SDKs to its library. The company’s credit card transaction services can now be integrated into any Android app.

Millennial Media ads now for Windows Phone apps — Mobile ad network Millennial Media has released a Windows Phone version of its SDK.

8 million copies of Camera+ — Developer TapTapTap is reporting its popular photo editing app Camera+ has sold 8 million copies in two years.

Thumb updates to version 3.0 with visual overhaul — Social opinion app Thumb has unveiled its version 3.0 design. In addition to receiving a revamped user interface Thump now lets users post individual likes, save opinions and share from the app to Facebook, Twitter and SMS.

100 million Angry Birds in space — Rovio’s latest game, Angry Birds Space has racked up 100 million total downloads on iOS and Android since its release, according to a Tweet from Rovio’s official Angry Birds account.

[Funding] SCVNGR raises $12 million for LevelUp — Boston-based SCVNGR has raised $12 million in new funding for its mobile payment app LevelUp. Highland Capital Partners, Google Ventures, Balderton Capital, Continental Investors and Transmedia capital all participated in the round.

[Funding] Quixey raises $20 million — App search engine Quixey has closed a $20 million round of Series B funding. WI Harper Group, U.S. Venture Partners and Translink Capital all participated in the round.

[Funding] HotelTonight nets $23 million Series C — San Francisco-based travel app HotelTonight has closed a $23 million round of Series C funding. The round was lead by U.S. Venture Partners with participation rom Accel, Battery Ventures and First Round Capital. So far the service has raised more than $35 million dollars, reports VentureBeat.