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November 20, 2012
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  • Mozilla aims at creating a universal app store on the Web
    Mozilla's upcoming Firefox operating system is part of the company's plan to improve Web-application development, app discoverability and user reviews, while making the Internet into a universal app store that benefits consumers and developers alike, Kevin Kwang writes. The company says its late entry into the market is an advantage because it was able to avoid the fragmentation and porting issues that beset earlier attempts by companies such as Opera Software. ZDNet (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • TapFame transitions into a developer-company connector
    TapFame's efforts to build a sweepstakes engine has turned into a network that connects developers with companies that need them, Roger Cheng writes. Now the company has purchased MobileDeveloper.net to extend the network further as it looks toward a Windows Phone development boom. The company is rigorously screening developers for the quality and sophistication of their applications examples, and accepting fewer than 15% of applicants to raise the value of its service. CNET (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kontrol.tv would collate smart TV control within one app
    MOVL's Kontrol.tv is looking to create a multifunctional application that bridges the gaps between various smart TV devices that only do some things on a single platform, Ryan Lawler writes. The company's APIs will allow developers to address many manufacturers' sets via cloud connection. The app might encounter resistance from Apple, however, as it relies on the discouraged apps-within-an-app model. TechCrunch (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Mozilla's new Internet privacy icons available via plug-in
    Mozilla has developed a series of new icons as a way of easily cluing users to website privacy-related issues. Color-coded circles with arrows and dollar signs in the middle tell users whether their personal information is being sold (red circle) or not (green circle), and badge shapes indicate the divulging of information to law enforcement officials without permission. Mozilla is offering a plug-in that will mark sites appropriately. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • TalkTo app texts businesses for two-way efficiency
    The TalkTo application allows users to choose from a list of signatory businesses, including restaurants and hotels, and text them with questions rather than contact them by another method. CEO Stuart Levinson says that responding to customers via texting saves businesses time and money, and that consumers can, for example, reach stores after hours more easily via text message. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • See you in L.A. for the Variety Entertainment Apps Conference! Register with 25%-off code ADA25
    On Nov. 29, the Alliance is partnering with Variety to host the Entertainment Apps Conference. An awards ceremony will follow the daylong conference, which will bring together top digital distribution and marketing execs from the major studios and networks, CE and set-top box makers, technology and platform providers, and developer and content creators. Secure your ticket today at a killer rate by using the code ADA25 when you register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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