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March 20, 2013
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  • Google's real-time API encourages developer teamwork
    Google has released Google Drive Realtime API, an application programming interface to build apps using Google Drive. It developed the API with Neutron Drive, and Gantter, and created a cube puzzle to show its capabilities to developers. The API allows users to notify each other when new users come in and make changes. "Just like on Drive, the Realtime API ... ensures that local changes are immediately reflected in the local document thanks to Google's use of operational transformation at the core of the system," Frederic Lardinois writes. TechCrunch (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Placed program permits developers to monetize user-location data
    The Placed Affiliate program allows developers to monetize their applications without ads. Developers get their users to opt-in to supply their location information for research purposes, Darrell Etherington writes. Placed will pay developers based on the volume of location information generated by an app's user base over a seven-day or 30-day period. The opt-in rate is high so far. "This is something brand new that doesn't impact your in-app experience at all," CEO David Shim said. TechCrunch (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Games sweep App Annie's first Amazon Appstore list
    Amazon Appstore stats have been included in App Annie's analytics platform, joining iOS and Google Play. The first results reveal a top-10 paid applications list dominated by three Disney titles and composed entirely of games. "One of App Annie's goals, of course, is to show developers where the big opportunities are," John Koetsier writes. VentureBeat (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New fitness ideas to come from Nike+ Accelerator finalists
    Nike has announced 10 finalists from the participants in its Nike+ Accelerator program for developing future FuelBand or Sportswatch applications. Among the ideas winning $20,000 in funding: FitDeck, which digitally replicates the old fitness routine of flipping a deck of cards to determine exercise reps; the HighFive ad network that rewards exercisers for completing goals; and RecBob, which organizes recreational play, Romain Dillet writes. TechCrunch (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Developers urge Congress to curb FDA oversight on health apps
    Lawmakers are studying plans to begin regulating certain mobile devices and applications during three days of hearings this week on Capitol Hill as they debate the parameters of the Affordable Care Act. "Developers are mystified by the rules in this highly regulated industry," said Ben Chodor, CEO of mobile health application store Happtique, in an interview after he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Members were urged to limit the Food and Drug Administration's authority over mobile apps. VentureBeat (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 500px ports Web features Flow and Find Friends to Android app
    500px's has refreshed its Android mobile application, which now includes Flow and Find Friends features, Ken Yeung writes. Flow acts as a personalized Pinterest, posting photos that a user's friends have favored. Find Friends connects users to those on Facebook and Twitter also utilizing the app, which is close to reaching 500,000 downloads, Yeung writes. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Alliance announces nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits
    The Application Developers Alliance is holding a nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits. The 14-city tour will convene app developers, entrepreneurs, patent experts and policymakers to discuss software patent challenges, trolls and ideas for reform. The series is sponsored nationally by Rackspace, the open cloud company, and Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow, the iconic programmer community site. The first summit will be held April 9 in San Francisco. Learn more and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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