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January 18, 2013
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  • Telefonica and Bango partner for carrier billing prospects
    Telefonica is facilitating Bango mobile payments with an application programming interface that will lead to carrier billing. Members of Bango's net include Facebook's App Center, Google Play and Amazon's Appstore. "It gives us a focus on app stores and frictionless, low-click payments. That’s not what telcos do very well," says Matt Dicks, head of marketing for Telefonica's developer platform Blue Via. Carrier billing is particularly important in countries where credit card and debit card penetration rates are low such as in some parts of Latin America. (1/17), TechCrunch (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gartner forecasts 2013 surge in mobile ad spending
    Display ad spending on mobile is on a path to eventually to overtake search, according to a Gartner forecast, which also notes how the increasingly popularity of free mobile content, such as free applications, is shaping mobile advertising. Gartner says the Asia-Pacific region will be the prime market for mobile for the next several years, while global ad spend on the platform increases 18.75% this year to $11.4 billion. TechCrunch (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • RIM puts physical keyboard on back burner for developers
    Another indication that Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform will focus mainly on touch screens: Developers have not yet received prototypes with a physical keyboard after receiving touch-screen models several months back, they say. "You can’t build a smartphone without a touch screen anymore. But you can’t expect your loyal user base to stick with you if you take away why they’ve stuck with you," said Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics. Also, RIM will hold another "port-a-thon" for developers today in which the company will pay $100 for any application successfully submitted to RIM's app store within a 36-hour period. Bloomberg (1/17), ZDNet (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ShareMyPlaylists plays up its chart data, releases API
    ShareMyPlaylists is offering an application programming interface to developers wanting to integrate some 120,000 playlists and associated metadata into their applications. The company is hoping to drum up enthusiasm at Music Hack Day Stockholm, which it is sponsoring. "I think the opportunities for a third-party to utilize them, along with our other biggest asset which is our chart data, is huge," CEO Kieron Donoghue says. TechCrunch (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Candy Crush Saga's Facebook victory is buoyed by mobile
    Candy Crush Saga has become the top game on Facebook, according to AppData. The casual game from has 9.7 million daily active users, surpassing FarmVille 2 and Texas HoldEm Poker, both by Zynga. Company executives attribute the success of the game to the rise of mobile platforms. "People are playing their games on mobile devices even more than they have on their computers. This complements our 'play everywhere' strategy," CEO Riccardo Zacconi says. VentureBeat (1/17)
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