Mobile Bits: Microsoft’s Tag; Zynga’s Value; Garmin Phones; T-Mobile Tether

Microsoft Tag

Microsoft’s 2-D barcodes: Microsoft’s Tag product, which uses 2-D barcode technology in marketing campaigns, says 1 billion Tags have been printed in the past four months, bringing the total to 2 billion Tags printed since its its launch in January 2009. Advertisers have crated more than 100,000 Tag accounts, and since August, Tag has been used in more than 100 million magazine issues. [Release]

Zynga worth more than EA?: Zynga’s estimated private stock value may have surpassed EA’s public valuation, according to SharesPost, an exchange privately held companies. Despite its short rise to stardom, Zynga is reportedly valued at $5.51 billion, and Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) is worth $5.22 billion on the Nasdaq Stock Market. [Bloomberg]

Garmin bails on smartphones?: U.S.-based Garmin and Taiwan’s Asustek will likely split up their smartphone partnerships with Asustek coming out with its own-branded phones next year. Meanwhile, Garmin’s ready to leave the business if it does not achieve success. Asustek will use Garmin’s navigation services on its upcoming Android devices. [Reuters]

T-Mobile Tethering Plans: On Nov. 3, T-Mobile USA will add a “Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing Add-On,” which will cost $14.99 a month for any customers who want to use their smartphones as a tethered modem or Wi-Fi hotspot. [BGR]

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