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March 26, 2013
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  • Ludei's support for WebGL 3D covers all platforms
    HTML5 game-development platform Ludei now supports WebGL 3D applications for 3D gaming on PCs, smartphones or tablets, using iOS or Android, Ken Yeung writes. Now "developers don't have to be bothered about determining if the device has built-in 3D support to display the game," Yeung writes. (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Facebook will start clock on local currency display in third quarter
    Facebook says it hopes to flip the switch on Facebook Credits conversion to local currency values by the third quarter, giving developers 90 days after the date to make the change. Facebook released an application programming interface in June, allowing developers to more easily monetize their applications by displaying an equivalent value in local currency numbers. In addition, Petr Mitrichev became the first repeat winner of Facebook's Hacker Cup championship for code-writing and problem-solving under pressure. The Russian also took the $10,000 prize in 2011. (3/25), (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yahoo acquires 17-year-old's Summly reader
    The Summly reader application developed by London teen Nick D'Aloisio has been acquired by Yahoo for a price estimated in the tens of millions. The draw reportedly was Summly's algorithm that automatically summarizes news articles in 400 words for easy reading on mobile devices. "Our vision is to simplify how we get information, and we are thrilled to continue this mission with Yahoo!'s global scale and expertise," D'Aloisio said in a post. Forbes (3/25), The Wall Street Journal (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Twitter to host mobile event for developers
    Twitter said it is planning a forum to discuss with developers how to "best integrate Twitter into [their] mobile experience" and show them upcoming features. The April 2 confab at Twitter's HQ "is open to developers, product managers, designers and more, but not to press," Darrell Etherington writes. TechCrunch (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tasktop's agile tool aids developer communications
    Tasktop Technologies has launched a developer-productivity project called M4 to support its Software Lifecycle Integration initiative, Alex Williams writes. SLI acts as a universal linked data message center, permitting synchronization between different tools from vendors in real time "so people can immediately discuss problems with the code as they surface," Williams writes. TechCrunch (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Zuckerberg starts lobbying firm to address U.S. competitiveness
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is setting up a new lobbying concern with other tech executives that will focus on issues pertaining to American competitiveness and immigration reform, for example. The nonprofit lobbying group includes the New York advertising agency SS+K, which worked on President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, as well as political consultants such as Joe Lockhart, Glover Park Group's senior adviser and co-founder, and Republican consultant Jon Lerner, Jennifer Martinez writes. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/25)
  Industry Spotlight 
  • McKesson's medical-billing app saves staff time
    McKesson's Medisoft Mobile medical-billing application for iOS devices decreases the time spent entering charges, Calvin Azuri writes. "This allows us to focus on working the accounts receivable rather than charge entry. The doctor and his staff are excited because they don’t have to track down missing encounter forms," MD Solutions owner Cheryl Gerlitz says. The app coordinates with Medisoft v18 to allow for easier schedule viewing and many other uses. Health Tech Zone (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Alliance announces nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits
    The Application Developers Alliance is holding a nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits. The 14-city tour will convene app developers, entrepreneurs, patent experts and policymakers to discuss software patent challenges, trolls and ideas for reform. The series is sponsored nationally by Rackspace, the open cloud company, and Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow, the iconic programmer community site. The first summit will be held April 9 in San Francisco. Learn more and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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