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November 14, 2012
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  • Electorate awards overwhelming mandate to mobile apps
    Mobile applications were used by 85% of Americans for accessing information pertaining to last week's presidential election, according to a Frank N. Magid Associates survey for the Application Developers Alliance. About 10% of campaign donations were delivered via mobile phones, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and texting among an excited electorate peaked at 106,000 messages per second as election-night results became conclusive, according to SAP. The year "has proven that those who will succeed are those who will embrace this new opportunity," writes Amos Snead. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Toys are a big part of Rovio's successful Birds formula
    A Rovio executive credited "a big cross-promotional network and advertising network" for the success of Angry Birds Star Wars, which flew to the top of application-download charts in record time for the company. Toy licensing that takes the characters out of the virtual world have become key promotional tools, says Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing Ville Heijari. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electronic Arts wants developer cooperation on game ratings
    Heavyweight game-industry players are pushing for a version of the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which governs console-game titles, to be adopted for mobile- and social-network games. Electronic Arts is among the manufacturers saying that applications stores' individual ratings and reviews are too inconsistent to be helpful to consumers. The Wall Street Journal (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bloomberg says App Portal will accommodate third-party software
    The new Bloomberg App Portal will allow subscribers of the financial-information service to use or create third-party applications. "Anyone in the world -- whether a member of the academia, a professional software company, or one of our clients -- can create custom applications that take all of the data we provide. ... You have the tools to capture and productize an idea, and make it available to any user in the world with a Bloomberg terminal," said Claudio Storelli, lead developer of the portal. News Service (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • FTC chairman sees progress on children's online privacy issues
    A children's online privacy bill that has been in the works for some time might be finished by the end of the year, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz says. Breakthroughs in "do not track" guidance for developers and updated regulations for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act are in the works. The FTC wants to make websites, mobile applications and data brokers responsible for securing parental consent before collecting data from youth. Reuters (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • NYC clinicians use online app for disaster response
    The staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center was able to update the family members of patients who were evacuated to the facility from other hospitals in New York City after the recent superstorm hit the area through an online application developed by MDconnectME. The app, which was originally designed to enable surgeons in the operating room to send quick updates to team members and to a list of recipients provided by their patients, is being tested by the firm for other uses. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • See you in L.A. for the Variety Entertainment Apps Conference! Register with 25%-off code ADA25
    On Nov. 29, the Alliance is partnering with Variety to host the Entertainment Apps Conference. An awards ceremony will follow the daylong conference, which will bring together top digital distribution and marketing execs from the major studios and networks, CE and set-top box makers, technology and platform providers, and developer and content creators. Secure your ticket today at a killer rate by using the code ADA25 when you register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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