Friday Mobile Roundup: Margaritas, Lodsys Redux, iPhone 4 & More

Industry Backed Group Tries to Help Developers Craft Privacy Policies: It’s a rather familiar storyline. Platform launches. Developers run wild. Privacy scare (often initiated by a fear-mongering Wall Street Journal story). Uninformed legislators latch on. Industry self-regulates before the government can do anything. And here we are again. An industry-backed group with involvement from Zynga, Facebook and AT&T launched a website meant to help developers craft privacy policies.

Distimo Reports The Obvious. People Don’t Pay For Apps in Android Market: The research firm reiterates what we reported four months ago. The firm says only two paid apps have been downloaded more than half a million times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date, while six paid apps have done the same in the U.S. within a two month timeframe.

Playfirst Launches Parking Dash: San Francisco casual game developer Playfirst expands its Dash franchise with another time management title called Parking Dash where players have to rearrange, sort and stack cars. The entire set of Dash games has been downloaded more than 14 million times, according to the company.

Gamevil’s Kami Retro Comes to the iPad: The 8-bit inspired game makes the leap from iPhone to iPad at a $2.99 price point. The title was developed by Paw Print Games and was published by publicly traded South Korean mobile gaming company Gamevil.

Microsoft to Revamp App Marketplace As Mango Update Comes Closer: The overhauled Marketplace gets a bunch of basic, but not really groundbreaking features, including but not limited to the ability to see screenshots, read reviews and share apps with friends and family on social networks. Purchases are charged against the credit card linked to a user’s existing Windows Live ID.

THQ Brings Margaritaville to Facebook and iOS — Core games developer THQ has announced a new Facebook and iOS inspired by Jimmy Buffett this week. Margaritaville Online is slated to release this fall and will allow users to create their own tropical paradise and explore an open world of parties and mini-games.

EA Hosts Another Major Holiday Sale — They’ve done it before and they’re doing it again. Expect iOS Electronic Arts games to top the charts in the near future as the big name developer is said to be hosting a 24 hour Memorial Day sale for its games, both domestically and internationally, says PocketGamer. Prices will be reduced by up to 85 percent.

Minecraft Coming to Mobile — The incredibly popular indie PC game Minecraft is making its way to mobile in the form of Minecraft Pocket Edition. It will start with a release on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play, but is slated for release on other Android devices and iOS as well. The game will have a greater unveiling at this year’s E3.

Millennial Media Acquires Condaptive — In the acquisition world, location-based mobile data startup Condaptive has been acquired by mobile ad network Millennial Media. No information on the financial details have been released.

PayPal Mobile Payments to Surpass $2 Billion — In a post from Mobile Marketer, PayPal mobile is set to surpass $2 billion in mobile payments by the end of 2011. In fact, it currently generates around $6 million in payments a day.

HTC Pays Microsoft $5 Per Android Phone — According to Business Insider, Microsoft is making $5 off of every HTC phone sold that runs the Android OS because of patent licensing fees. This is based on a report released by Citi analyst Walter Pritchard and is in regards to a patent settlement over an intellectual property dispute. Pritchard also notes that Microsoft is also suing “other Android phone makers” for around $7.50 to $12.50 a device. Asymco’s Horace Dediu goes one step further and infers that this means that Microsoft has earned five times as much from Android as it has from its own Windows Phone OS.