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February 25, 2013
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  • Ludei launches iBasket game across multiple platforms
    HTML5 game development platform Ludei launched its iBasket game on several platforms at once, fulfilling one of the major promises of HTML5, Ken Yeung writes. The game is coming to or already distributed by the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Marketplace, NOOK, Facebook, Firefox, and Chrome. "IBasket demonstrates the remarkable power we're placing in developers' hands -- to run HTML5 games with intricate animation and physics across multiple platforms, with native payment and ad support for each platform. Many people thought it couldn't be done, but our platform makes it a reality," Ludei CEO Eneko Knorr says. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Tap for Tap's paid ads help developers monetize apps
    Tap for Tap is introducing a paid-ad feature for application monetization, following a transition from impressions to clicks, writes Harrison Weber. Developers were using Tap for Tap to derive installs from the free platform, then "they'd move on to a more traditional ad network to drive ad revenues from their users," the company said. "We built the monetization platform so developers would be able to use Tap for Tap to both get users and make money." (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Third-party developers push iOS interface innovations
    Third-party developers are pushing Apple's iOS into new territory, Darrell Etherington writes. Clear, Bdgt, Mailbox, Rise and Haze are advancing the touch-based interface in their respective categories, from business to weather applications. "The good news is Apple need only pay close attention to what these third-party devs are doing to start charting a path to fresh new interface design for iOS," Etherington writes. TechCrunch (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google improves its SDK for Maps
    Google is releasing an updated Google Maps software developers kit for iOS devices, with "support for ground overlays, gesture control and geodesic polylines," wrote Google's Andrew Foster in a blog post. Google now has four top-25 free applications on the App Store. "What's truly remarkable is that Apple has its own versions of some of these apps, and that Google declines to exclusively offer these services for Android devices, instead offering them free on its competitor's device," writes John McDermott. eWeek (2/24), Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • ISPs to launch an anti-piracy enforcement system
    A new copyright enforcement effort being released by major ISPs this week, called the Copyright Alert System, may affect more than a few Internet consumers. Dubbed as an "educational" service, it is focused on stopping pirates by limiting Internet access and slicing speed levels in response to infractions. The Daily Dot (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • AppCertain to migrate "net nanny" app into anti-virus function
    The AppCertain's "net nanny" application for iOS devices informs parents via e-mail when their children install an app, explaining what it does and whether it's age-appropriate, writes Sarah Perez. The company plans to add an Android version in the future, and move into the anti-virus area. "Anti-virus is absolutely broken. With mobile devices there's an opportunity to fix it. What we're really interested in is understanding the behavior of every mobile application," says CEO Spencer Whitman. TechCrunch (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation (Washington, D.C., Feb. 28)
    Alliance VP of Law, Policy and Government Relations Tim Sparapani will be speaking on Thursday's panel hosted by the Computer & Communications Industry Association. Panelists will discuss how patent trolls are impeding innovation and how to remedy the problem. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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