In the last 10 days, Skype went down and up again and launched video calling on iPhones; Clearwire lost its chairman; Paul Allen got legal on Google (NSDQ: GOOG), Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), and others, and app makers got scrutinised over how they use consumer info; we dissected mobile video; News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). tried a new iPad strategy; we published our own predictions for 2011 and highlighted others. Here’s a roundup of other stories that caught our attention over the last 10 days:
– Facebook: Mobile is just a small part of what Facebook does today, but it’s grown a lot and looks like it will be getting bigger in the year ahead. One to watch. Inside Facebook gives a good overview of what it’s done so far.
– Angry Birds: Illuminating interview with Peter Vesterbacka, who heads up games developer Rovio, maker of Angry Birds. Two interesting points: he says that Apple still king of the app stores, for its clean way of delivering paid apps, and GetJar was a great way of getting on to the Android platform. (via Tech n’ Marketing)
– EBay: Mobile shopping at the auction site business grew by 166% over last year, which works out to $230 million in sales worldwide. In other words, it’s a tiny portion of eBay’s $8 billion + in sales, but it’s growing. (Release)
– PlayStation phone: SonyErisson’s device is apparently due this spring. Can a handset based on gaming be a hit? NGage so wasn’t. (via AFP)
– Amazon: Kindle 3 is the best selling product of all time on Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Worldwide. (Release)
– Microsoft: Microsoft’s $500 million marketing budget for Windows Phone 7 has not all been spent, but current inventory of 1.5 million units sold implies a $333/unit budget (via Asymco)