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This week's top ME stories: Instagram WinPho, WhatsApp ban, McDonald's

This week's top ME stories: Instagram WinPho, WhatsApp ban, McDonald's
Zen Terrelonge


General / August 30th 2013 at 2:27PM

Find out what's been hot in the mobile industry this week - a questionable Instagram wannabe, Vietnam planning to block OTT apps, and augmented reality fast food.

It's Friday, which means time to reveal Mobile Entertainment's ten most read stories of the week, from Friday, August 23rd to Thursday, August 29th.

Among the high-flying stories, Instagram is yet to hit Windows Phone – despite many rumours of a launch – but an alternative Instagram-like app with security fears is now available.

Communications have evolved beyond traditional calls and texts, but the Vietnam is having none of it and is said to be planning a ban on OTT apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber, while fast food chain McDonald's has embarked on an augmented reality campaign.

Check out the rundown below.

1. 'Instagram' hits Windows Phone and leaves user data up for grabs

An alternative version is available containing privacy concerns.

2. Access denied: Vietnam government hates WhatsApp, Viber and OTT pals

Discusses countrywide ban on over-the-top apps to get people calling and texting again.

3. VIDEO: McDonald's and Metaio team on augmented reality 'McMission'

Mobile campaign encourages burger-loving mobile users to learn about the environment through mini-games for Android and iOS.

4. Google demands Android games use Google Play in-app payment process

Third party payments can no longer be used.

5. INFOGRAPHIC: Tablets: the fastest growing technology in history

And search is the number one activity in the US, the UK, Germany and France.

6. Android malware threats spike 35 per cent year-on-year

Riddled with attacks via banking, data, dating and beyond.

7. Tim Green: Flipping hell, the clamshell is back

Can Samsung's Hennessy herald a new era for the flip phone? Probably not. But, oh, the nostalgia...

8. Argos, New Look and O2 push deals to Halifax mobile banks

Cardlytics launches in the UK giving retailers the opportunity to roll out mobile offers.

9. Watch out Google: Apple buys fourth maps company of 2013

iPhone maker's Apple Maps platform to get spruced up with transit startup Embark.

10. 100m couples have sex daily: Sex app Spreadsheets wants to study them

Track the level of noise being made while bonking or how long you can keep the floodgates closed.