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December 5, 2012
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  • App-sales success is limited to a few big players, report finds
    Half of the application revenue from the App Store and Google Play during a three-week period in November went to just 25 developers, who collectively took in $60 million from paid downloads and in-app purchases, according to a Canalys report. Game apps also tended to crowd out other categories, the report found. "With top game developers' content so prevalent in the stores, it can be hard for other good quality apps to get the attention they deserve," Canalys' Tim Shepherd said. TechCrunch (12/4)
  Developer Economics 
  • Microsoft awards Imagine grants to student app teams
    Five student teams have been awarded Imagine Cup Grants by Microsoft to compete in the next competition. Among the winners are Team Graphmasters for an application that uses navigation equipment to reduce car carbon emissions; Team StethoCloud, for a cloud-based, mobile-hybrid stethoscope intended to diagnose pneumonia; and Team Vivid for a cloud-based medical-records app. TechCrunch (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will developers continue to ignore Microsoft's Surface?
    Facebook is the most prominent example of widespread indifference to developing applications for Microsoft's Surface platform, writes John McDermott. "It's the exact same challenge that happened with Android and Google Play. It's a new type of user and you really have to think about the way [the device] is used," says Marci McCue, head of marketing for Flipboard, which is also passing on a Surface app for now. Microsoft is stressing the quality of existing Surface apps, rather than the quantity. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Calif. law forces app developers to create privacy policies
    The new California Online Privacy Protection Act would charge up to $2,500-per-download fines to application developers who don't make their privacy policies plain. Letters are going out warning developers of the cost of noncompliance and some trade groups are urging against rebellion. Even though small app developers can develop a privacy policy for free at sites such as, some analysts say it could be best to consult a lawyer. Ars Technica (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Developer of Summly app may expand it to larger screens
    British mobile-application whiz Nick D'Aloisio continues to develop his Summly news-summarizing app, which has been downloaded a half-million times in about four weeks. The 17-year-old wants to expand the program to the Android platform and larger screen sizes, and is arranging deals with publishers to allow the app to peek behind pay walls. "It's pretty clear there's a massive opportunity with what we're trying to do with information overload and [natural language processing] and all these different areas taking off right now, and we're at the center of it," he says. Forbes (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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