The Signal: Apple Takes on PPI Networks


Angry Birds Goes NFC: Angry Birds Magic, a Nokia app launching at WIMA NFC Conference, will take advantage of NFC phones to unlock additional levels. Every friend with an NFC device the person interacts with, they receive five more levels. If no friends are available, they’ll be NFC tags around the conference to help. Cute idea for a conference, but imagine how this could drive traffic to stores. TheNextWeb


HBO Goes Mobile: Cable subscribers will be able to download the HBO Go apps and watch new and old series and movies on 3G and WiFi. Those hoping that this will be the first step toward buying HBO access a la cart should keep in mind that HBO is a Time Warner company. It will be interesting to see if this impacts Netflix or Hulu usage. Engadget


Apple’s Hard Stats: The elusive numbers of Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touchs sold have come to light thanks to the lawsuit Apple has filed against Samsung. The numbers as of March 2011 stand at 108 million iPhones, 60 million iPod Touchs, and 19 million iPads. Asymco uses these numbers to estimate additional numbers, but we’ll stick with hard facts. Asymco


PPI Gets the Ban Hammer: Many developers using networks like Tapjoy are starting to receive rejection letters from Apple citing that the app are trying to manipulate the chart ranking in the App Store. Ryan Kim points out that while app developers are using this service to encourage interaction in their app with consumers who wouldn’t use in-app purchasing, Apple might not be too happy about not receiving a cut of the $35 million per month Tapjoy is raking in. GigaOm


BlackBerry Playbook Crippled on AT&T: Viewing the device as a tablet, AT&T has does not support the BlackBerry Bridge app from the Playbook store. The app, which allows the Playbook to effectively tether to a Blackberry, is actually more like plugging the device into a larger screen. This feature is the only way for the Playbook to handle e-mail, calendar, or surf the web on 3G. Just one more reason why mobile users should hold off on the Playbook. CrackBerry

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