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March 7, 2013
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  • China emerges as locus of new apps revolution
    China is proving to be an immense, untapped reservoir of potential opportunity for mobile application makers, but getting a toehold in the highly competitive and loosely regulated sector is an uphill battle some developers would rather not fight. For companies that stick around and manage to dodge the hurdles -- such as Fotopedia, a developer of apps for photo travel magazines -- China is outpacing the U.S. as the primary growth market for mobile apps. "China is a really big deal for us," said Christophe Daligault, senior vice president of global business for Fotonauts, Fotopedia's parent company. The Wall Street Journal (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Carrier billing may help telecoms realize app store revenues
    Juniper Research said operator "portals" account for just 6% of global application downloads, meaning that carriers need to earn app revenue from the 30% split generally afforded to third-party vendors. Still, Juniper analyst Windsor Holden said operators stand to gain from the rising practice of carrier billing. GigaOm (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 cheers for Twitter's new Ads API
    Twitter's new Ads API is a big deal for social media marketers, Balachandar Ganesh writes. The API opens the door to smarter analytics, more streamlined campaign design and ad purchasing, and data-driven, real-time campaign optimization. "Folks, Twitter marketing just got serious," he writes. VentureBeat (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Google will host boot camps to boost use of Google+ Sign-Ins
    Google is running a series of five-day boot camps designed to get developers more interested in Google+ Sign-Ins for interactive posting, application-sharing and the like, writes Frederic Lardinois. The boot camps start Monday in Mountain View, Calif., and run through mid-April, stopping in cities including Sydney, Tokyo, and Bangalore, India. TechCrunch (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target wants to lure mobile developers with SXSW contest
    Target is sponsoring a contest at this year's South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, hoping to get developers of mobile applications and websites to submit ideas. Seven finalists will each get $10,000 to flesh out their submissions and the grand-prize winner will receive $75,000, this blog post notes. "Target is currently focused on this opportunity to engage the developer community," said Target's Eddie Baeb. TechCrunch (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Will concerns about data collection stifle the app industry?
    More than half of Americans have uninstalled an application or failed to download one over privacy concerns, a 2012 Pew Internet & American Life Project survey said. That statistic as well as the increasing use of applications has prompted the Federal Trade Commission to issue guidelines to mobile-app developers that state "app developers get express consent before accessing such sensitive data as location information, calendar entries, and photos," Verne Kopytoff writes. But industry trade groups offer competing guidelines in an effort to self-regulate, and AdMobius' Dan Grigorovici notes that the industry needs to further educate the public about their privacy. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Music Tube uses Google's YouTube, hits top spot on iOS charts
    A free music-listening application has been developed for iOS devices that collates songs from Google's YouTube, writes Vignesh Ramachandran. The Music Tube app moved into the top five of free iPhone apps on iTunes on Wednesday, and was first among music apps, writes Ramachandran, "beating out Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio." Mashable (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • 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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