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February 15, 2013
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  • Odds stacked toward women looking for love via dating apps
    Flurry Analytics reports that more males flock to the top 20 dating applications than women, outnumbering them by nearly 2 to 1. These applications represent 17 million active users, Flurry said. Android-platform dating apps skew toward an 18- to 24-year-old demographic and have more males users than iOS-based apps, where the mix is 55% male to 45% female with a higher percentage of 25- to 34-year-old users. TechCrunch (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Playnomics debuts mobile player-targeting and retention platform
    Playnomics has extended its PlayRM platform, which helps optimize game monetization and player retention, to mobile, writes Drew Takahashi. Developers can use the platform much as businesses use customer-relationship management to target consumers with special offers when their attention wanes. Beta users have seen a 150% increase in retention using these tactics, according to Vice President of Business Development Ian Atkinson. VentureBeat (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Adobe releases updates, new apps to Creative Cloud crowd
    Abode's Creative Cloud users are seeing a handful of updates as the company released new Edge Web Fonts support in Dreamweaver, a preview of its responsive-design application Edge Reflow, new CSS capabilities in Edge Animate and code hinting in Edge Code. The moves compliment the company's strategy of concentrating on monthly subscribers. TheNextWeb.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama addresses patents, immigration in Google+ "Fireside Hangout"
    President Barack Obama acknowledged the rise of patent "trolls" in a Google+ Hangout session following his State of the Union address, but said efforts to curb patent abuse had to be balanced with a process that would remain fast enough that it wouldn't stifle innovation. Obama also lauded vocational training for teaching children "how to produce stuff and not simply consume stuff," linking the practice to Mark Zuckerberg's early love of games leading him into coding. He also said he recognized the need for immigration reform to address the difficulty of recruiting "top-flight engineers and tech people who are ready to work here or invest here." VentureBeat (2/14), Ars Technica (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Goal-setting Everest app wants users to reach their potential
    The Everest application encourages users to reach their highest potential by setting and then completing goals and challenges. It has backing from venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and is led by CEO Francis Pedraza, who sees the app as a "self-actualization" platform. The app sends goal-setters push notifications, and "is pretty, in part thanks to the crack iOS developers, including some poached from Jawbone," writes Josh Constine, although its usability still needs some tweaks. TechCrunch (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Build a mobile app, support sustainable cities, go to Brazil! (Free passes available)
    Ericsson and AT&T are hosting an exclusive hackathon event at MWC for 30 rock star developers to develop mobile applications targeting the sustainable connected city of the future. Seats are limited so please register early. Lucky participants will be notified as soon as possible. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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