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January 25, 2013
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  • How Facebook integration results in higher-value game players
    Facebook and some game developers released information touting how integration with the social network results in better player retention and more paying customers. Storm8 CEO Perry Tam says features such as the leaderboard and gifting give Facebook an edge and "creates a stronger network effect and connection to the game and among gamers, which results in higher retention." Francois Daoud, vice president of marketing for Ludia, says, "We can assume that lifetime value of a Facebook-connected install is at least double the value of guest-connected players over time." VentureBeat (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ubuntu smartphone OS needs app developers, Canonical says
    Canonical says it's seeking application developers for its pending Ubuntu operating system for smartphones. The company wants basic and advanced apps, including a calculator, a calendar, document viewers, RSS readers and social networking. ZDNet (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Rep. Markey wants more info on Disney's interactive bracelet
    Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is asking Disney for more information about how a new theme park-related device deals with children's personal information. Disney's radio frequency-enabled MagicBand bracelet can act as a credit card, room key or parking ticket, and the MyMagic+ system utilizes mobile apps to enhance a park tourist's experience. But "[w]hile the MagicBand sounds like it can do everything except make coffee, it acts more as a pass key than portable computer. It doesn't collect nor hold personal information. Nor does it use GPS to track location," writes Katy Bachman. Adweek (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • New app exchanges charity for user info
    Placed's Give 2 Charity application allows users to earn points that add up to donations for charities of their choice in exchange for opting in to the location measurement the company uses for marketing purposes. "This aggregation of location information provides businesses a better understanding of what consumers do in the physical world, helping drive actionable insights," Placed spokeswoman Sarah Radwanick said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Global Game Jam (Friday, Jan. 25 -- Sunday, Jan. 27)
    The Global Game Jam is the world's largest game jam event. Think of it as a hackathon based around game development. The event is truly global and all are welcome to contribute, even non-coders. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alliance Resource: Learn how to make an Android app with Kinvey's eBook
    Alliance member Kinvey has released an eBook on Android app development. Whether you're a beginner looking to get started or a developer trying to keep pace with the platform, this book will help you build and refine killer apps. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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