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November 12, 2012
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  • Pay attention to power users for increased retention rate
    The formula for success in applications development is a combination of downloads and retention rates, writes Lars Albright. The loyalty factor is underappreciated, and developers should invest more in it, following the lead of Shopkick and Square Wallet with apps that encourage power users to socialize with others like them, gathering more power users to the brand. VentureBeat (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • RIM offers cash and perks to BlackBerry 10 game developers
    Research in Motion is offering $100 cash and other perks to game developers willing to create approved applications for the BlackBerry 10 platform. But the jury is still out on whether concentration on application quantity over app quality is shortsighted or sensitive to what drives a platform, Chris Velazco writes. TechCrunch (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Student developers hone their talents at Microsoft hackathon
    Microsoft's Wowzapp 2012 hackathon this weekend brought in 17,000 application developers, many of whom were students, to a global event matching the corporation's mentors with budding engineers. The goal was to help students learn more about the technical aspects of app development as well as the potential profits associated with this field. TechCrunch (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Senate majority leader may take last shot at cybersecurity bill this year
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to bring cybersecurity legislation to the floor in a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise before the year ends. Republican opponents of an earlier-rejected bill say they are no closer than they were in August to resolving the issues. But James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies says a try during the lame-duck session is still worth the effort as it could "shape the landscape for the next Congress." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Angry Birds' new hope is popular "Star Wars" edition
    The force is with the Angry Birds "Star Wars" version, which rocketed to the top of the App Store charts in just a few hours, according to Rovio. The game, which sees the birds as the rebels against the Empire pigs, is also topping U.K. charts. TechCrunch (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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