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March 5, 2013
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  • Facebook's new PMD requires referrals, developer knowledge
    Facebook is rebooting its Preferred Marketing Developer program with a new emphasis on referrals, Emil Protalinski writes. "...companies referred to us by a trusted, credible and informed source were much more likely to ultimately join the program as they had proven to be successful on our platform and with marketers," Facebook explained. In addition, the social network is awarding qualification badges based upon a thorough understanding of Facebook's marketing ecosystem, including Pages, Apps, Ads and Insights, to develop deeper marketing integrations. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Twitter withdraws support for TweetDeck mobile apps
    Twitter is ending TweetDeck application support for the iPhone, Android and Facebook platforms as it competes for advertisers. "To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we're going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck," said a Twitter blog post. "The separation isn't surprising given that Twitter and Facebook are both in intense competition for social networking advertising clients," Jeremy Kirk writes. GigaOm (3/4), News Service (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flat UI's Web templates improve upon Bootstrap graphics
    Designmodo's Flat UI provides new Web templates based upon Twitter's open-source user interface framework Bootstrap, but improves upon Bootstrap's outdated graphics, writes Jolie O'Dell. "The HTML version of Flat UI is based on Twitter Bootstrap and is Retina-ready. It includes custom form components, special CSS3 effects and an object-oriented CSS approach, a customizable color scheme," O'Dell writes. VentureBeat (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • White House supports letting consumers unlock mobile devices
    The White House says it agrees with an online petition calling for broad unlocking of smartphones and tablet computers, and will refer the proposal to the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. "If you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense," presidential adviser R. David Edelman wrote in a blog post. Bloomberg (3/4), Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Illustrator creates "interactive picture book" iPad app
    The Petting Zoo iPad application allows users to interact with the art of illustrator Christoph Niemann, writes Mike Senese. The "interactive picture book" allows users to touch the iPad display and squash and stretch the illustrations as a cartoonist might. "It's such a new and exciting field, and really, for once in my life I feel there's a field that's in a way, wide open. There's a ton of apps, a ton of really great stuff out there, but I can sit down there with a developer and we can create something," Niemann says. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PandoMonthly Presents: A Fireside Chat with Danny Rimer (San Francisco, Calif., March 7)
    If you are starting a company and you don't know Danny Rimer, you should buy a ticket right this second! In addition to a knack for getting into deals that few VCs can, Rimer is a real thought leader. He helped build Index into the preeminent London venture firm. He was an early backer of Skype when few other VCs were interested and one of the first to embrace the open source movement in the mid-2000s, backing some of the most important companies in the space including MySQL. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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