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February 12, 2013
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  • Alliance's Potter: Reform the patent system or "trolls" will rule
    The system by which patent "trolls" force payments out of developers is a lot like extortion, writes Application Developers Alliance President Jon Potter. "App developers and entrepreneurs, the very people whom the patent system should protect, now consider software patents as inhibiting -- rather than promoting -- innovation," Potter notes. The Patent and Trademark Office should insist upon "plain language" applications for software patents, with specific information on how to build the technology. Otherwise, they're allowing patent-holding companies to patent ideas -- not real inventions. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • GREE exec: Revenue from mobile games trending way up
    Despite the restrictions imposed by Apple, offering games for the iPad and the iPhone is a rapidly growing market, according to GREE's Anil Dharni, who works out of the Japanese company's office in San Francisco. "It's 4x and beyond in terms of revenue [compared with a year ago]," he says. In the U.S., GREE is keying on mobile game development. "We're pretty singularly focused on content," Dharni says. TechCrunch (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Avoid these 9 pitfalls before submitting to the App Store
    Avoid the word "beta" if you want Apple's approval to be featured in its App Store, writes Xamarin's Nat Friedman, who lists eight other "surprising" reasons for App Store rejection in this article. Keep load times under 15 seconds, don't mention a competing platform, and use the correct trademarks and logos. Be sure that localization programs aren't mixing up cultures and be aware that "iOS 6 users must give permission for apps to access the address book, photo gallery, location, calendar, reminders, Bluetooth, Twitter and Facebook accounts" or the app will be automatically rejected, Friedman writes. VentureBeat (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lemon Labs makes its "appFigures" available on the go
    Lemon Labs' Check for appFigures iOS application helps developers track app downloads and other stats from their mobile devices. "We ourselves use appFigures, and got tired of looking at the full site via iPhone when tracking downloads of the apps. ... We just built a tool for ourselves and put a small price tag on it," Lemon Labs' Tomas Dirvonskas said. TechCrunch (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New from Lane Bryant: A shopping app that listens
    The new Just for You online and mobile shopping tool from apparel retailer Lane Bryant seeks input from users and recommends specific pieces based on the data, the company says. The application asks questions beyond size and shape, delving into personality traits to help shoppers find the best fit. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free passes to Tablet Strategy West are available! (Feb. 20, Burlingame, Calif.)
    Through a mix of real-life deployment presentations by corporate end-users, interviews with IT trendsetters and panel discussions between tech experts, this one-day event will help you plan, develop and manage the most productive tablet project in your organization. Join speakers from Lenovo, Box, Genentech, MobileIron and Creative Strategies. E-mail mike@appalliance.org for a free pass. Passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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