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March 27, 2013
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  • Exec hopes developers can help bring serious gamers to Facebook
    Facebook games brought in $2.8 billion last year, Facebook officials said at the Game Developers Conference, adding that more than half of the top 400 iOS applications are integrated with the social network. Facebook's Sean Ryan called upon developers to develop more games to attract serious players. "We're going to expand the business for Facebook games above and beyond what we've done for desktop and mobile, to make sure we have games for everybody," he said. CNET (3/26), Network World/IDG News Service (3/26), VentureBeat (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Developer Economics 
  • PlayPhone gaming portal to be loaded on Verizon's Android phones
    Verizon Wireless will take a page from Apple's Game Center playbook by preloading PlayPhone's "Games Portal" onto Android devices on its network in the second quarter. Developers will need to submit their games independently to the storefront, which will be unrelated to Google Play. PlayPhone cited Verizon's distribution network, "marketing muscle" and in-application carrier billing as the main reasons for the move. The Verge (3/26), VentureBeat (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Echo hopes the next Twitter comes out of its JavaScript SDK
    Echo's JavaScript software development kit is for developers interested in adding social media to their applications, such as "commenting systems, forums, social chatter, badges, and even business-to-business type applications," writes Ken Yeung. ESPN, NBCUniversal, Nasdaq and World Wrestling Entertainment are among the current clients of the real-time Web platform. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google is making the Chrome Web Store friendly to all platforms
    Google is modifying its Chrome Web Store to save application developers network bandwidth and disk space, Emil Protalinski writes. "[D]evelopers will upload one app or extension with everything that's needed for all platforms while users will only be served the relevant sections for their code," he writes. (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mozilla's workshops for Firefox OS anticipate upcoming release
    Mozilla is conducting a series of workshops introducing applications developers to the Firefox operating system, first in Madrid, then in Bogota, Colombia, and Warsaw, Poland. "The goal is to get small teams or individuals who have experience building software for PhoneGap, Chrome, webOS, BlackBerry WebWorks or other open Web formats to get started on porting their applications to Firefox OS, and to help begin filling out the Firefox Marketplace ahead of the mobile operating system's launch later this year," Darrell Etherington writes. TechCrunch (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Analyst: Mobile tech will represent 25% of U.S. patents in 2013
    Twenty-five percent of patents issued by the U.S. in 2013 will pertain to mobile technology, analyst Chetan Sharma estimates in a report. That compares with 5% of all patents 12 years ago, he notes. "Mobile will continue to be the growth engine of the knowledge economy and the companies who understand the value of the intellectual property will continue to protect and benefit from their investments for years to come," Sharma writes. All Things D (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • PBS Kids releases an education app for anxious parents
    PBS Kids launched a free mobile application for parents who are seeking to increase their children's math and reading skills, but are anxious about how to go about it. The Parents Play & Learn application includes games and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It has been downloaded 162,000 times, writes Lauren Johnson. Mobile Marketer (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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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