Mobile app news roundup: 46 million iOS apps a day, 300 million Fruit Ninjas and 100,000 Angry Birds credit cards

Meeker: 46 million apps downloaded on iOS every day — About 46 million apps are downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store every day, according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers partner Mary Meeker. Meeker revealed the information during this week’s D 10 Conference.

Pre-paid iPhone coming — Apple has given Cricket Communications the right to sell pre-paid iPhones under a $55 per month voice, text and data plan, reports The Loop.

MoPub launches private ‘buy it now’ market — Mobile advertising company MoPub has created a private marketplace to let select advertisers and publishers in its network set up deals directly, reports TechCrunch.

Minecraft sells over 1.8 million copies on mobile — Staff at Mojang have revealed to PocketGamer that the mobile edition of Minecraft has sold more than 1.8 million copies. The article did not detail how many of those copies were sold as part of the Google Play 10 billion downloads sale that discounted the game to $0.10 in December 2010.

300 million people play Fruit Ninja — In celebration of Fruit Ninja’s second birthday, developer Halfbrick has released some statistics about the game. The game, which is the second highest selling app of all time, has 300 million players. Cumulatively those players have spent more than 100 years in the game and sliced more than 1.5 trillion pieces of fruit.

PlayPhone wins Red Herring Award — San Francisco-based PlayPhone has won a 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Americas award. The award celebrates promising private technology companies.

Angry Birds credit card, park on the way — This week in Angry Birds merchandising news, the Moscow Times reports Russian bank Promsvyazbank is releasing a limited run of 100,000 Angry Birds credit cards. Meanwhile the Huffington Post reports Angry Birds fans in the UK will be able to get their fix by visiting a new Angry Birds-themed amusement park in Nottinghamshire’s Sundown Adventureland.

Banjo updates UI — Popular social discovery app Banjo has updated its UI to increase the size photos are viewed at. Users can now also comment and Like Instagram and Facebook posts directly from their Banjo feed.

Fiksu updates SDK — User acquisition company Fiksu has updated its SDK. The service now supports user tracking through HTML cookies, digital fingerprinting, OpenUDID, MAC address and UDID.

Viddy updates iPhone app — Video sharing service Viddy has updated its mobile app. Users can now choose their own thumbnail art and access upgraded production packs. The app’s rendering speed has also been doubled.

[Funding] Buddy raises $1 million seed round — Seattle-based Buddy has raised $1 million in seed funding for its new cloud-based, cross platform app development platform. The round was lead by Transmedia Capital with participation from Crestlight Venture Productions.

[Funding] Mindshapes raises $4 million — Educational app developer Mindshapes has raised $4 million in new funding from Index Ventures, Richmond Park Venture and existing investors, reports The Next Web.