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December 27, 2012
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  • Why 2012 was a difficult year for HTML5
    HTML5 started 2012 "on the cusp of ubiquity," but then the platform "took a step back in developer acceptance" as the year progressed, writes Dan Rowinski. With Facebook, Apple and many game developers now favoring native applications, it's been left to open-source groups such as Mozilla to carry HTML5 forward, he writes. ReadWrite (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • U.S. mobile-ad spending to top $4 billion for 2012
    Major markets such as travel, education and sports saw steep increases in their year-on-year mobile-marketing spending during the third quarter of 2012. Mobile-marketing spending for the full year is expected to top $4 billion in U.S., eMarketer reports. eMarketer (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Microsoft cuts off mobile-app store for South Korean youth
    A sign-in technicality combined with a South Korean law regulating online gaming by minors has forced Microsoft to shutter its mobile-application store for those younger than 18 years old. The government is trying to prevent gaming addiction among youth by restricting gaming hours, but sign-ins serving Xbox Live and the Windows app store made time restrictions unwieldy. Jinho Song, a Microsoft interactive entertainment business director, says the law requires an age-verification system. Sony earlier closed its PlayStation Network in South Korea over the same issues. News Service (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Netflix to add social functions shortly after bill is signed
    Netflix plans to add social features next year for its U.S. customers soon after President Barack Obama signs the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act into law. That bill amends a 1988 law that prohibited companies from sharing consumers' video-rental history. Among the first features expected to be available are linked Facebook and Netflix accounts, as well as sharing via Netflix's Facebook application. Talking Points Memo/IdeaLab blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • GymPact app's cash rewards for working out comes to Android
    The GymPact workout app motivates exercisers by having users submit their credit card information along with an amount they are willing to donate should they miss their workout. The app uses location tracking to ensure that enthusiasts actually show up at the gym, and pays diligent exercisers' accounts a cash reward out of the money derived from workout-skippers. The app marked its one-year anniversary with the launch of its first Android version. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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