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January 9, 2013
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  • Hardware-based CES loses relevance as apps drive innovation
    The introduction of an "Appy Hour" at the International Consumer Electronics Show is a sign of the growing importance of software to the once hardware-dominated event. But CES has a long way to go, Matthew Lynley writes, as it "missed on the iPhone and iPad, Amazon's Kindle, [and] the social networking and app craze. Times have changed, and the ecosystem has shifted to a digital economy, dominated by apps that can ... launch [one day] and the next are in use by millions of people." The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Chartboost raises funds, plans to add in-app commerce
    Chartboost is looking to build out its technology, add an in-application commerce product and expand overseas its service, which amounts to an ad network for mobile games, with the help of $19 million in Series B funding. The profitable business's network of 12,000 mobile games reaches 300 million unique devices a month via 6 billion game sessions. Adweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Windows RT app boom is good news for Windows 8 ecosystem
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promoted application development for the Windows RT mobile system at the International Consumer Electronics Show, citing a fivefold increase in apps since late October, and promising Twitter, Dropbox and CNN apps soon. Other Microsoft executives appearing at CES said sales of the Windows 8 operating system are roughly in line with Windows 7, having sold 60 million licenses and upgrades in 10 weeks. Bloomberg (1/8), Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  •'s new API allows for real-time information tracking is releasing an application programming interface for real-time tracking of news and information. "[D]evelopers will be able to integrate the real-time search features into their apps, showing what information sent through is being read, where it's being read, and how often," Eliza Kern writes. GigaOm (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Privacy rules could hinder Facebook's ad network
    Facebook's decision to adhere to its own privacy standards, while declining to be part of the Digital Advertising Alliance's program, presents an obstacle to advertisers who might otherwise wish to embrace a Facebook ad network. Following test programs, Facebook's mobile ad network appears to be on hold for now, with the company perhaps realizing that introducing it under its own privacy rules would curb agencies' spending commitments, writes Kate Kaye. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Medication-adherence app improves compliance among patients
    The MediSafe Project app is showing healthy results. The app uses cloud-based delivery of alerts to patients and caretakers on when and how much medicine to take. Eight weeks after launch, users report a "medication adherence" rate of 81%, a figure 31% higher than the World Health Organization's estimated average. "MediSafe Project's involvement of patients' loved ones and caretakers is proving itself a breakthrough in reducing the harm that comes from medication non-adherence," says Omri "Bob" Shor, MediSafe Project's chief executive. Health Tech Zone (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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