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January 21, 2013
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  • Flurry CEO: Mobile apps are driving change faster than the Web
    "It feels like the PC is gone" as a global phenomenon, having given way to mobile, says Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf, speaking at the company's Flurry Source13 conference. The 129% compound annual growth rate application revenue has enjoyed since 2008 is being driven more by virtual-goods purchasing than ad revenue, Flurry data show. "This industry did not exist in 2008, but in the last year, $18 billion in revenue was generated from mobile apps. It's taken the Web about 16 years to get huge, but mobile is matching that in about four," Khalaf says. VentureBeat (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Apple's Passbook passes muster with brands, retailers
    The Passbook digital-wallet application that Apple introduced last year is finding favor among many brands and retailers, such as Starbucks and Walgreens, Mark Walsh writes. "We've talked to a number of retailers that have found it very effective in terms of loyalty and couponing," said eMarketer's Noah Elkin. "The at-hand nature of [Passbook] and the ability of retailers to present that information in a very accessible way to customers is very appealing to both sides." MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opera's gesture-based Ice browser could freeze competitors
    Opera's new browser Ice utilizes mobile so well, it might get a foothold in the iOS- and Android-dominated market, writes Devindra Hardawar. A demonstration linked in this article shows the significance of the interface changeover to being entirely touch-gesture based. VentureBeat (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developer mines Minecraft for cross-platform game builder
    Developer Max Ogden discovered that Minecraft is not open-sourced, and as yet offers no application programming interface, so he built a browser-based clone and toolkit using Javascript and OpenGL. The new development environment means that Minecraft-like games could run in virtually any mobile or mobile-Web environment. "All the code is open source, and Odgen is welcoming any and all hackers to make contributions, adding modules like water, better physics, or creatures. Seven already have," writes John Koetsier. VentureBeat (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • U.S. apparently presses EU to relax data-privacy rules
    The U.S. government is urging the EU to be more "flexible" about its data-protection regulations, which are under consideration in the European Parliament, according to a document obtained by the rights group EDRi. The EU proposals should be "revised to ensure that security and commerce are not adversely affected," the document states. TechCrunch (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Abraham Lincoln,
16th U.S. president

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