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December 11, 2012
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  • Nike will mentor developers with "Accelerator" program
    Nike is launching Nike+ Accelerator to encourage health- and fitness-related application development. The company is working with TechStars to ensure the quality of the apps related to its products, which include a Nike+ FuelBand watch and a sensor in shoes that connects to iPods. Ten developer groups will be selected for an accelerated program, which includes guidance from Nike executives as well as third-party mentors such as Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. CNET/Tech Culture blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Facebook rates marketing partners in new developer center
    Facebook has launched a Preferred Marketing Developer Center as an online resource for brands that want to dive into social media marketing without risking practices that Facebook discourages. Facebook has approved more than 260 vendors, arranged in a hierarchy with some vendors preferred (such as Adobe, Glow and SocialCode), and others listed as not yet qualified for a PMD approval badge (Acquisio, Havas Digital and ReachLocal). VentureBeat (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Singly opens beta of its app-fabric integration platform
    Singly is moving from the private beta-testing phase to open beta, Sarah Perez writes. The platform helps manage and speed the integration of third-party code into mobile and Web applications. Singly's "app fabric" integration "offers to speed up the process of manually having to write code to authenticate users via third-party services, pull in their friends list and other data ... from various social networks and other services, and then allow those users to share to social networks, as well," Perez writes. TechCrunch (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apps plus coaching may help boost weight loss
    People who underwent a weight-loss program and used a mobile application that monitored their calorie intake and exercise levels lost about 15 pounds at three months and did not regain the weight for a year, compared with no significant weight loss among those who did not use the app, a study showed. However, those who used the app but attended less than 80% of the weight-loss sessions put on weight at one year, researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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