Mobile App Roundup: World of Goo, Gameloft and PayPal

Apple Stores Coming to Target – Discount retailer Target has signed a deal with Apple to bring branded displays of Apple merchandise and products to 25 Target stores. Apple already operates similar displays in 600 Best Buy stores and 81 Future Shop stores in Canada.

Gameloft’s N.Z Studio In the Clear after Labor Dept. Probe – French publisher Gameloft did not break any New Zealand health and safety laws according to an investigation from the country’s Department of Labor. Develop reports the investigation was started after a new employee complained he was forced to work more than 120 hours a week after joining the company.

Paypal’s Mobile Payments Continue to Rise – In an interview with VentureBeat, PayPal’s mobile vice president David Marcus has revealed that the company processed more than $4 billion worth of payments made from mobile devices in 2011. The company processed $750 million in mobile payments in 2010.

Persona 3 Social has 1 Million Members – Persona 3 Social, the social game spin-off of PS2 hit Persona 3 has over a million members on Mobage, according Siliconera. The news bodes well for the Personal 3 Social creator Index Corporation’s next game, Persona 4 Social.

Indie Hit World of Goo Hits 1 Million iOS Downloads – 2D Boy’s critically acclaimed PC turned mobile game World of Goo has notched up an impressive 1 million downloads on iOS. According to a 2D Boy blog post, the game has also sold 70,000 copies on Android since it was released.

2012 Independent Games Festival Announces Best Mobile Game Finalists – The Independent Games Festival has selected its finalists for best mobile game — ASYNC Corp by Powerhead Games, Beat Sneak Bandit by Simogo, Faraway by Steph Thirion, Ridiculous Fishing by Vlambeer and Waking Mars by Tiger Style are all competing for the award. The winner will be announced at the IGF Awards on March 9th.

More Tickets Available for Facebook Mobile Hack Events – Facebook has released additional tickets for its New York and Boston Mobile Hack events due to developer demand. The New York event is on Jan. 18 and the Boston event is Jan. 20. Tickets are $25 each, free for students in Boston.

Apple Applies for 3D GUI Patent – Patently Apple is reporting that on Jan. 12, the US patent and trademark office published an application from Apple for a new 3D, graphical user interface for iOS devices that will respond to gestures.

Gameloft Games Coming to Lenovo Smart TVs – Gameloft has announced 5 of its most popular games: N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, Dungeon Hunter 2, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Backstab and Shadow Guardian will all be available on Lenovo’s upcoming K91 line of smart TVs.

[Funding] App Recommendation Service AppTap Raises $4 million – Virginia-based app discovery service AppTap has raised $4 million in a new round of funding. The round was lead by existing investor Syncom Venture Partners.

[Funding] StrikeAd Secures $2 million second round – London-based mobile advertising company StrikeAd has raised $2 million in series B funding from DFJ Esprit. StrikeAd will use the money to continue its international expansion and will soon be opening a Japanese office.

[Funding] Rebranded Pyxis Mobile Nets $17 million – Former enterprise level app development house Pyxis Mobile has changed its name to Verivo Software and secured $17 million in funding from Commonwealth Capital Ventures to market its technology directly to companies wishing to make apps in house.