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March 11, 2013
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  • Lawmakers ask FDA to clarify whether medical apps will be taxed
    Lawmakers are expressing concern that an impending tax on medical devices, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, could be applied to the tens of thousands of health, fitness and medical applications sold in app stores. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are asking the FDA for clarification. "I think that the FDA is taking their time here, and may be vexed by their own opportunities and risks. They're used to regulating software, but the software that operates the X-ray machine, not mobile apps," said Jon Potter, president of the Application Developers Alliance. The Burrill Report (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Developers find niche for disruption in payments processing
    Braintree and Square are among the application-development companies disrupting the payments-processing business, Steve Patterson writes. Square's approach measures people's use of its self-service site and Braintree uses an innovative software-application programming interface to simplify development for small businesses using Web commerce. "The large payment networks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover have become increasingly open, modular and decoupled to appeal to a broad set of merchant acquirers and payment processors," Patterson writes. TechCrunch (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PayPal's SDK redresses company's failure to keep up
    PayPal's new mobile software development kit is meant to help developers accept payments without users leaving an iOS app, Nick Summers writes. The SDK also supports PayPal's, wherein consumers submit pictures of their credit cards for better security. The move follows the admission by Chief Technology Officer James Barrese that PayPal has not kept pace with its competitors' "bleeding edge of innovation." (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix closes public API access, though apps will remain active
    Netflix closed its third-party developers program last week by ceasing to offer application programming interface keys, though it will continue to support existing applications for the time being, writes Frederic Lardinois. Netflix said in a blog post that the changes "are designed to allow us to focus our API efforts on supporting the products and features used most by our members." TechCrunch (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App stores and APIs inspire developer-centric IT
    Datownia's "spreadsheet-based API platform" and Deloitte's internal applications are examples of two trends in developer-centric IT, writes Alex Williams. Datownia's API-as-a-service allows data to be shared through a spreadsheet among developers. Meanwhile, Deloitte's internal app center now has 146 apps, based on HTML5 front ends "embedded into native containers for iOS, Android, BB, and Windows Phone," according to Paul Underwood, Deloitte's Office of Technology Innovation. TechCrunch (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • FTC calls for more protection against bogus mobile billing
    The mobile-phone industry should provide recourse for consumers who fall victim to unauthorized mobile billing, the Federal Trade Commission says. More transparency is also urged by the FTC to help expand the usage of mobile payments, which the commission says hold huge potential for growth. Meanwhile, FTC chief Edith Ramirez said she will keep working to formulate and enforce privacy-protection rules for consumers. Reuters (3/8), News Service (3/8), Adweek (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Hinge app introduces users to friends of friends on Facebook
    The Hinge dating application searches for once-removed connections to Facebook friends and sends users their pictures and bios, which users can express interest in by rating their profiles. The app was created for young professionals who are tired of trying to find love at the bar scene but who also find traditional online dating awkward. Mashable (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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