Mobile Lowdown 8-26-11: Gowalla; Cheap Nokias; Skype; Microsoft

A look at some of the big stories in mobile today:

» Gowalla cuts down its features and takes a hard look at what people were actually using. Looks like Facebook isn’t the only company taking a step back from how it has run check-ins. (via Gowalla)

» Nokia releases yet more inexpensive phones: a new series of feature devices under $100. (via Nokia)

» Riot aftermath: The UK’s Home Office says its meeting with execs from social networks Facebook and Twitter, and RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) execs from BBM, was “constructive.” (via Home Office)

» Smartphones will account for more than half of all handset shipments by 2015, predicts iSuppli — the latest analysts to weigh in on the juggernaut of high-end phones. (via iSuppli)

» Skype opens its own app store in which it will showcase apps built on its API — a me-too service, or good news for those who have made the Internet calling service a cornerstone of how they communicate? (via Skype)

» Flipboard is planning to expand its mashup of digital content by incorporating TV and films. (via Rueters)

» Android is target number-one for hackers these says, say security specialists at McAfee. (via NY Times)

» Motricity looks likes it’s facing a class action lawsuit for insider trading, on top of the investigation being conducted by another law firm. (press release)

» Microsoft has picked up a raft of new patents covering multitouch and multiscreen technologies. (via TechCrunch)