Apple Allows Users to Help Japan Through iTunes — Users that want to help out earthquake and tsunami can now do so easily through iTunes. Placed on the home page upon start-up, users can click the link and donate anywhere from $5 – $200 through their iTunes account.
Rovio Mobile Seeks Initial Public Offering — According to BBC News and Arctic Startup, Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile has stated “the plan is to seek an initial public offering (IPO) in New York, but the specific timing and details are still open.”
Big Fish Games Looks to Focus on Mobile — Casual games developer Big Fish Games is looking to focus more on the mobile field, based on an interview between chief executive Jeremy Lewis and VentureBeat. The company is seeking to expand in the mobile, and especially tablet, market as it is a more “natural extension to the casual game market where [they] already are,” as opposed to social markets.
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We Rule Reaches New Milestones — According to VentureBeat, it looks like ngmoco’s social-mobile title We Rule has reached a number of new milestones this week. Amongst them are over 13 million downloads, and over 3 billion minutes played.
BBM Social Platform Moves Into Beta — Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry Messenger Social Platform late last year. Now, according to the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog, the platform is moving into public beta stages, granting developers access to user elements such as statuses, avatars, and personal messages. Other inclusions are custom areas for storing trophies and achievements, chat, application-to-application background communication, file transfers, and viral sharing via contact lists.
Zong Expands to Consoles and Tablets — Mobile payments company, Zong, is expanding its service to new platforms this week. Platforms include game consoles, interactive TV, Adobe Flash, the mobile web, Android 3.0 tablets, and games using Unity 3D. Users will make the purchase with a “buy with mobile” option that prompts a telephone number and is confirmed via a text message.
Facebook for Android Gets Update — More Facebook updates as Facebook for Android sees a minor update, allowing users to upload photos to friends’ walls and to Groups.
Path Updates With Facebook — Path has updated to version 1.5, and with it, users can now share their photos and video through Facebook.
HeyZap Launches Social Discovery App on Android — Monetization and distribution platform, HeyZap is getting into the mobile space with the HeyZap app for Android, as TechCrunch covers. A social discovery app for games, the title uses a check-in feature to show what friends are playing in the form of a news feed.
AdMob Expands to Windows Phone 7 — Mobile advertisement company AdMob has expanded its reach this week. The company has announced the launch of its beta SDK for Windows Phone 7. The SDK currently supports both text and banner ads.
Doodle Jump Breaches 10 Million Downloads — In more milestone news, the popular iOS game, Doodle Jump has reported that the title has surpassed 10 million downloads across iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.