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February 18, 2013
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  • Monetizing games starts with recognizing payment trends
    Expect gamers to use a variety of traditional and alternate payment methods in the immediate future, predicts a Magid survey for PlaySpan. "[C]losed loop prepaid game cards, smartphone payment apps, and electronic transfers from personal bank accounts proved to be equally popular to traditional payment methods," so developers should avoid confining themselves to a particular currency type, writes Jennifer Schulz, Visa's global head of eCommerce. Expect in-app purchasing to continue to supplant paid-app models, and recognize that adopting digital wallets may be more popular among male gamers than female ones, Schulz writes. VentureBeat (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Silicon Valley companies bet on Internet gambling
    Game developers in Silicon Valley are anticipating a boom in the online gambling business as states increasingly pursue efforts to legalize gambling on the Internet. Some tech companies are focused on international markets, where laws are more relaxed, while they wait for the U.S. market to open up. "There is no question there is great interest from all kinds of people in games of chance, whether it is for real money or virtual rewards," said Mark Pincus, chief executive of Zynga. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Google lets teams explore Google Glass, debuts SyncFileSystem API
    Google awarded eight development teams Glass Explorer Edition kits after holding hackathons to introduce the Google Glass augmented-reality program. "[M]ore than 80 ways to use Glass were built" at the events, writes Ken Yeung. Separately, the company has released a SyncFileSystem API for the Canary version of Google's Chrome browser. "It is ... meant for storing and syncing offline data across multiple machines," writes Frederic Lardinois. (2/16), TechCrunch (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gracenote woos developers with 130 million-song database
    Gracenote used Music Hack Day San Francisco to offer developers software development kits and application programming interfaces for exploiting its library of information on 130 million songs. "Developers can make use of these resources to identify music through audio fingerprinting, access additional metadata about music and even retrieve the cover art for CDs," writes Janko Roettgers. GigaOm (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • New CISPA doesn't reflect needed changes, privacy advocates say
    Two congressmen have resubmitted cybersecurity legislation to the House of Representatives, but it faces a tough sell, Jennifer Martinez writes. The bill, brought by House Intelligence Committee members Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., is a revision of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and removes legal barriers that previously prevented corporations from sharing information with the government. But it lacks the privacy safeguards sought by some stakeholders, and critics argue that the new CISPA is largely the same as the original. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Honk is parking-spot finder and meter monitor in one
    The Honk application, for iPhone and iPad, monitors parking meters as they start to expire, and helps users find their parked cars. "[W]hen the time comes to head back to your car, it will honk you," the app's description says. "Honk also provides a notepad in which users can quickly write down the exact location of their parking space. They can also photograph their spot, and superimpose the image onto a note," Anita Li writes. Mashable (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Build a mobile app, support sustainable cities, go to Brazil! (Free passes available)
    Ericsson and AT&T are hosting an exclusive hackathon event at MWC for 30 rock star developers to develop mobile applications targeting the sustainable connected city of the future. Seats are limited so please register early. Lucky participants will be notified as soon as possible. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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