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March 8, 2013
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  • Social-networking apps reach third place in revenue generation
    Powered by the rise of Japan's Line and China's WeChat and Sina Weibo, social-networking applications sold in Apple's App Store posted an 87% year-over-year increase in revenue in January, per App Annie. The maturation of the social-network category led by Facebook, Find My Friends and Twitter ranks it third by revenue, just behind games and productivity apps. "Many of these regional services are looking to go truly global in the long term, so we can expect to see a coming showdown between messaging apps as they compete for your time and money," Josh Ong writes. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Facebook says feed changes speak to "irreconcilable" tensions
    Developers will have to make some minor adjustments to take advantage of Facebook's changes to its news feed, Jolie O'Dell writes. Images should be at least 600 by 600 pixels, as imagery is more prominent in the redesign, but APIs will not change. Neither will EdgeRank, John Koetsier writes, meaning advertisers don't have to worry about another new algorithm, though brands should be concerned about expanded user choice of feeds limiting exposure to ads. Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox says the tension between users complaining about too many sponsored posts and brands is "irreconcilable." The Wall Street Journal (3/7), VentureBeat (3/7), VentureBeat (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Twilio provides developer incentives
    Twilio is offering financial incentives to developers interested in building applications that use its Internet telephony service. Twilio also launched a developer fund with early Facebook investor Dave McClure pledging "to fund half of Twilio's latest European fund in hopes to further expand Twilio's influence in the international marketplace," Wayne Adam writes. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enterprise apps could find success with more data, infrastructure
    The development of enterprise applications is being hampered by the hacking required to connect to a lot of legacy systems, writes Alex Williams, who presents "Enterprise Invades the Apps Playground" at the South by Southwest Conferences and Festival today. Even though Hadoop has affected the enterprise, it "is still a mystery for most developers," and getting Big Data out can also be challenging. But "[e]nterprise apps marketplaces have a better chance of success when the service has amassed considerable data and has an infrastructure to maintain it," writes Williams. TechCrunch (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Senate wireless act empowers FCC to unlock cellphones
    The Wireless Consumer Choice Act is now working its way through the U.S. Senate, Brendan Sasso writes. The bill would make it legal for consumers to unlock cellphones, often given away to consumers as inducements to sign up for wireless plans, but linked to the carrier thereafter. The bill would empower the FCC to order cellphones unlocked after the contract is fulfilled. "Consumers should have flexibility and choice when it comes to their wireless service and they deserve to keep and use cellphones they have already purchased," says Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Office of Naval Research releases anti-PTSD app for field testing
    The Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are partnering in the development of the Stress Resilience Training System, an application that is aimed at helping to relieves post-traumatic stress disorder, writes Katherine H. Crawford. The iPad app is a training tool that uses game play and biofeedback to help military personnel recognize signs of stress and build up resistance to it. The app will undergo field testing in San Diego next month. Navy (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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