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December 10, 2012
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  • Alliance helps develop a way forward on app privacy
    Frustrated by bogged-down multistakeholder discussions about mobile-application privacy, a coalition of groups that includes the Application Developers Alliance branched out and came up with brief, standardized privacy notices that would give consumers a transparent sense of how their information is being used. "There's a whole lot of shouting going on about process. There's a whole lot of shouting going on about substance. What if we close the door, lower the temperature and try to get something done?" Alliance President Jon Potter said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • AppGratis: The Craigslist of mobile applications
    The AppGratis guide to mobile applications, which can help drive hundreds of thousands of downloads for an app it recommends, is now available in the U.S. "It started like [Craigslist] ... a daily newsletter every morning with my picks," said AppGratis founder Simon Dawlat. "I knew a lot of developers, and offered some deals," he said. VentureBeat (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: Gamification will not only survive, but thrive
    The death of gamification as a business strategy has been highly exaggerated, Rajat Paharia writes, arguing against a Gartner prediction that 80% of gamified applications will not meet their business objectives by 2014. Many thoughtless, poorly designed and copycat gamification strategies will fail, but the basic concept of treating user activity as a motivator will survive as digital activity increases, Generation Y takes over and businesses see even more need to stand out in a crowd. TechCrunch (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Facebook generates reference docs directly from source code
    Facebook is trying to make it easier on application developers who try to follow constant changes to the platform by automatically updating documentation. Reference docs are being generated directly from source code for Android and iOS software development kits, and Facebook will convert its Graph API to the new system soon. TechCrunch (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clocklike interface distinguishes to-do app called Sooner
    Sporting a unique interface that looks like a combination of a dartboard and a color-coded clock face, i-Free distinguishes its to-do list and daily minder application, which is called Sooner. Originally produced in a Russian test market, the Sooner app has been released in English for Apple devices as a paid download. (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
American physician, writer and poet

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