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December 12, 2012
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  • Nokia engineer hacks Windows 8 games as Nokia preps ad exchange
    Nokia engineer Justin Angel has hacked Microsoft Windows 8 games and posted instructions on how to, for instance, remove in-application ads from free games and get paid items for free. "We were able to show that the majority of ways games and apps developers would make money aren't secure by default on Windows 8," he wrote on a blog. Meanwhile, Nokia released the Windows Phone 8 software development kit for integrating the Nokia Ad Exchange, which boasts "cross-platform capabilities, hybrid mediation and access to over 120 ad networks," Josh Ong writes. VentureBeat (12/11), (12/11)
  Developer Economics 
  • RevMob says A.I.-driven ad targeting puts it above the pack
    RevMob is bringing its mobile ad platform to the U.S. The company says its distinguishing feature is an "advanced campaign-targeting algorithm" that uses location, download history and device for more granular segmentation. RevMob "believes its artificial intelligence technology is a big enough differentiator to bring in more advertisers and publishers," Ken Yeung writes. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RIM gives final kit to BlackBerry 10 app developers
    Research in Motion has released what it says is the final, "gold" version of the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit. It differs from previous versions in permitting native C/C++ and Qt development of applications with the BlackBerry Cascades SDK. "This is a full set of native UI elements that can be added to applications to ensure they fit in with the rest of the BlackBerry 10 aesthetics," Nick Summers writes. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Opinion: Consumers should demand data-sharing transparency
    Information sharing via an application isn't any different than many other convenience-versus-privacy trade-offs that consumers regularly consider, writes app developer Gina Trapani as part of a New York Times debate series. But "users have a right to know when and why an app is transmitting and storing their information," making transparency essential, she writes. Consumers, developers, platform-makers and app stores can all play an evolving role in eliminating privacy fears, Trapani argues. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Study: Connected-commuting apps drive a new sense of community
    A New Cities Foundation study of connected commuting with applications such as Waze has found that users are not just happier because their commutes go better, but also because they've become a useful member of a community. That shared experience is different from public transportation, in which commuters sitting together can commiserate but have no information to impart. "[A]ll of this suggests that social mobility apps for drivers can replicate some of the community of public transit while retaining the privacy of a quiet car," writes Emily Badger. The Atlantic Cities (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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