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March 1, 2013
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  • Mobile apps from CVS, Walgreens score high in rankings
    Mobile applications from CVS, Walgreens and Amazon topped the retailer rankings, a study by Xtreme Labs said. Rankings varied from store to store, with Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Nordstrom and Walgreens following CVS and Amazon on Google Play, and Subway, Chick-fil-A and Ikea just behind Walgreens and CVS on the App Store. Retailers such as Kohl's and Giant Eagle ranked at or near the bottom of both rankings. Crashing was the most frequently reported complaint. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • WePay's instant invoice niche pays off
    WePay is offering a new iOS native application, writes Leena Rao. The online payments startup recently added support for functions such as event registration and ticketing, but its custom-invoicing utility has been a distinguishing hit, especially among small businesses, which can send an invoice and be paid from within the app, says Bill Clerico, the company's founder. TechCrunch (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile-payment technologies need infrastructure, incentives to shine
    Near field communication tools continue to hold promise for retailers, though the technology has its limitations, writes David Wachs, senior vice president of mobile at ePrize. Within the realm of NFC tools, ISIS, a joint venture of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, may have the greatest consumer appeal with the mobile application's ability to store credit cards, rewards and coupons as well as tickets and transit passes. But regardless of technology, what is needed is infrastructure and incentives for mobile users to make the payments switch. Mobile Marketer (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big game studios losing out to indie developers movement
    Many game developers are leaving major studios to strike out on their own with independent projects for mobile devices and tablets, a Game Developers Conference survey said. More than half of respondents call themselves independent game developers, and about 40% have come from major game-development studios. In addition, distribution companies such as Steam have kept 48% of developers interested in PC and Mac computer platforms, despite the dramatic rise of mobile-gaming platforms. Mashable (2/28)
  • Study: Free iOS apps gather more private information
    Free applications from the App Store are more likely to collect personal information from their users than Google Play's free apps, according to a study by Appthority, which evaluates mobile apps. Three-fifths of those iOS free apps collected location data and more than half gathered the contact lists of users, the firm found. Free Android apps also did those things, but in smaller proportions. ReadWrite (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rockefeller takes second shot at "Do Not Track" legislation
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate's commerce committee, has reintroduced legislation that would allow consumers to opt out of being tracked online. Rockefeller said the legislation was needed because advertisers couldn't be trusted to regulate themselves effectively. "My bill gives consumers the opportunity to simply say 'no thank you' to anyone and everyone collecting their online information. Period," he said. Adweek (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • DrawQuest's high traffic has developers thinking redesign
    Canvas' DrawQuest has found quick success, passing the 500,000-downloads mark in only two weeks, writes Harrison Weber. The creativity application was highlighted by Apple, leading developers to be unprepared for the app's popularity or the amount of drawings submitted by users. The next step includes a focus on discovery by "redesigning the galleries to highlight contributions, new users, etc.," says creator Chris Poole. (2/28)
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  • PandoMonthly Presents: A Fireside Chat with Danny Rimer (San Francisco, Calif., March 7)
    If you are starting a company and you don't know Danny Rimer, you should buy a ticket right this second! In addition to a knack for getting into deals that few VCs can, Rimer is a real thought leader. He helped build Index into the preeminent London venture firm. He was an early backer of Skype when few other VCs were interested and one of the first to embrace the open source movement in the mid-2000s, backing some of the most important companies in the space including MySQL. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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