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March 22, 2013
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  • Parse-powered apps can now use Stripe for payment
    Stripe is teaming up with Parse, giving the online payments startup access to some 60,000 Parse-powered applications, Leena Rao writes. "To integrate Stripe with a Parse-powered application, developers create a Stripe token within their mobile app, and then pass the token to a Parse Cloud Code function to create a charge," Rao writes. TechCrunch (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • Quantcast dashboard views mobile, mobile Web, online in one
    Quantcast's free Measure for Mobile Apps is a yardstick for an application's traffic by device, version and for return usage that's distinguished by comparing mobile, mobile Web and online usage in the same graph. "By directly measuring mobile app consumption, publishers and advertisers can drill down beyond app installations to learn key insights including audience loyalty and usage," Quantcast's Konrad Feldman said. TechCrunch (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Apple sets date for end of UDID, non-Retina ready app submissions
    Apple has set May 1 as the deadline for submitting any applications still using the UDID, Universal Device Identifier. After that date, Apple won't accept UDID apps nor any that don't conform to its Retina specifications and work on the 4-inch iPhone 5 display. In addition, Google and Apple have confirmed Google never submitted the Google Now app to Apple's App Store. "The app can access calendar information, as well as e-mail, news, and transportation feeds, among other data," Don Reisinger writes. (3/21), CNET (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developers get more options with Zynga's changes
    Developers should take note of changes to the Zynga gaming network, Leena Rao writes. For the first time, players can sign in directly to the network independent of having a Facebook account. And "the platform itself allows developers to post to the stream of social gaming activity at, and also to include social features like chat and real-time multiplayer," Rao writes. TechCrunch (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • FDA won't subject smartphones to device tax, official says
    The FDA does not plan to regulate all mobile health applications, but rather will focus on certain "higher risk" apps, such as those used by doctors and hospitals, that could "present a potential risk to patients if they do not work as intended," said Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's device centers, at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing this week. She added that smartphones will not be subjected to the medical device tax. The FDA's final guidance on the regulation of mHealth apps will be released before Oct. 1. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/21), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Thumb social network reaches out to brands
    Mobile polling application Thumb gives users the chance to register yea or nay responses to queries posed by others. With 1.5 million users, Thumb is now taking the concept to brands, agencies and market researchers to offer the same kind of quick response with Thumb pro. "Real-time customer feedback is something brands are always seeking. Being able to mine opinions versus interest provides brands a new valuable tool to quickly gather customer insights," said Rachel Weiss, a vice president of digital strategy for L'Oreal, who advised Thumb. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Alliance member MEDL Mobile launches Hang w/ - a live video social media platform
    Alliance member MEDL Mobile, Inc., a provider in the creation, development, marketing and monetization of mobile apps, announced that the patent-pending "Hang w/" live social mobile video platform has been approved for release by Apple and is available for download on the Apple App Store. The  launch of this new app provides MEDL with an important new channel of advertising revenue, the company said. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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