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March 21, 2013
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  • Corona Cloud gaming network goes public across all platforms
    The Corona Cloud cross-platform social gaming network is going public after beta testing. "For developers, it means an easy way to add social features to their game that, unlike Game Center, can connect players outside of platform-specific communities," Darrell Etherington writes. Corona Labs' David Rangel says Cloud's cross-platform capability gives it an edge over Game Center's iOS exclusivity, and that unlike GREE, the company is not forcing developers off popular platforms. TechCrunch (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Perfect Audience feeds larger demand for retargeting with API
    Perfect Audience has found interest in its ad retargeting platform extends beyond small businesses and startups to larger enterprises and agencies, Anthony Ha writes. The company is now offering a second application programming interface for building customized applications, following an API for JavaScript Tracking. Perfect Audience currently boasts 2,500 advertisers and says it handles 4 billion impressions per month. TechCrunch (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google Play may start looking like Google Now
    The Google Play Store is undergoing a renewal, sources say. The new application design will feature brighter colors and look more spacious. "It's not hard to see some similarities between the updated Play Store app and the Google Now design -- there's a more pronounced focus on bigger images and italicized text," Chris Velazco writes. TechCrunch (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carrier billing via Bango might finally be coming to Amazon Appstore
    Consumers may soon see the results of a transaction struck between Amazon and Bango with the introduction of carrier billing in Amazon's Appstore for Android, Ingrid Lunden writes. The carrier-billing feature might be one that is used to distinguish Amazon's Appstore application on Kindle devices from those other Android devices loading the application. Currently, Amazon bundles the Kindle Fire HD with AT&T's 4G LTE data plans. TechCrunch (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Factors to weigh when deciding to build or outsource apps
    Brands should think twice before they decide to bring applications development in-house for greater control and security, David Weldon writes. Though it worked for The Weather Channel, after a period of outsourcing, it's pricey, with even novice application developers commanding six-figure salaries. And companies such as Alfa Mutual Insurance Group find that outsourcing to Kony Solutions suited their needs better, providing a reduced barrier to entry and superior quality, among other key factors. Computerworld (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Senate to take up controversial Internet sales tax
    The Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a controversial amendment to a budget resolution whose goal is to levy a universal sales tax on Internet purchases. The measure is sponsored by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and has the support of the National Retail Federation, which says online retailers reap an unfair competitive advantage by avoiding charging sales tax. Critics of the plan, including the National Taxpayers Union and a coalition of online companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, LivingSocial and AOL, call the measure an "unreasonable burden on interstate commerce." CNET (3/21), The Hill/On The Money blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Common Core Standards app aids educators on the go
    MasteryConnect's Common Core Standards application should be of great use to educators and students who want a convenient reference to just what those standards are, Katie Lepi writes. The app organizes the standards by grade level and course and, through a series of drop-down menus, gets to the standard requirement itself, providing detailed examples. Edudemic (3/20) 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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