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March 19, 2013
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  • Mozilla's DevTools team responds to developer request line
    Mozilla's Firefox DevTools team has responded to developer feedback by committing to a new set of upcoming features. Developers' No. 1 priority was the ability "to code in the browser and control the browser from editors and integrated development environments," Frederic Lardinois writes. DevTools' proof of concept "shows live editing using the popular Sublime Text editor and Firefox's built-in remote capabilities," Lardinois writes. TechCrunch (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • WhatsApp to make Apple version a paid download
    WhatsApp is converting its ad-free messaging application for iOS devices into an annual-fee paid model, making it like the apps on the Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone platforms, Ingrid Lunden writes. Previously, WhatsApp had only been charging Apple customers for the initial download. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the popular messaging app will remain a mobile-only platform in the near future and that video streaming is unlikely this year. TechCrunch (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parse delivers free and paid push-notification analytics
    Parse is now providing push-notification analytics, putting it in competition with Urban Airship and Stackmob, among others. The announcement comes as the mobile backend-as-a-service has reached the milestone of sending 500 million push notices a month. The analytics service will be offered in limited free and paid versions, wherein users "can compare overall app opens, push opens, and API requests from within the Parse dashboard," Ken Yeung writes. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Namo Media looks to Facebook for in-app ad model
    In-stream advertising in applications such as that in Facebook's Sponsored Stories is the goal for startup Namo Media, which has raised $1.875 million in financing, led by Google Ventures. Co-founder Gabor Cselle says Namo has talked with a number of advertisers, but is more focused on publishers with stream formats such as news, social and photo-sharing services, "... apps that have been developed in recent years with stream formats that are struggling to make money." Adweek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook says tension with developers is sometimes "irreconcilable"
    Vintage Camera and MessageMe are among the third-party application developers complaining that they have been unfairly banished from Facebook because they compete against the social network. "We enforce our policies for a variety of reasons, ranging from preventing spam and protecting the experience people have on Facebook, to the rare case when a developer is using our platform to replicate our core functionality without enabling people to share back to Facebook," explains Facebook's Doug Purdy. But developers say Facebook's excuses for dumping them are transparent and, in some cases, trivial, heightening a conflict one Facebook executive calls "irreconcilable." The Wall Street Journal (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Telecoms tell FCC panel there's no cybersecurity consensus
    A telecom coalition that includes AT&T, Verizon Communications, Sprint, Comcast and CenturyLink has persuaded a Federal Communications Commission advisory panel that its cybersecurity recommendations are off base, Danny Yadron writes. The panel said in its report that there was no consensus on the so-called 20 Controls suggestions. "The development may be indicative of the tensions to come as the government looks at tougher oversight of the private sector's cybersecurity defenses," Yadron writes. The Wall Street Journal (3/18), Reuters (3/18)
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  Industry Spotlight 
  • Rando bills itself as the "anti-social photosharing app"
    WhaleTrail and MouthOff developer ustwo is releasing a photosharing application called Rando. The app distinguishes itself by sending a user's photos in exchange for another's pictures -- randomly. The developers call Rando an "anti-social photosharing app" because users can't comment on the photos or share them from the app. "By removing the need to follow users we've increased the chance of receiving a variety of photos from unexpected places throughout the world," ustwo co-founder Matt Miller said. TechCrunch (3/18)
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • Alliance announces nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits
    The Application Developers Alliance is holding a nationwide series of Developer Patent Summits. The 14-city tour will convene app developers, entrepreneurs, patent experts and policymakers to discuss software patent challenges, trolls and ideas for reform. The series is sponsored nationally by Rackspace, the open cloud company, and Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow, the iconic programmer community site. The first summit will be held April 9 in San Francisco. Learn more and register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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