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January 10, 2013
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  Developer Economics 
  • Study: Obscure game titles are attracting most revenue per user
    Mobile games Legend of the Cryptids, Rage of Bahamut and Big Fish Casino top more popular iOS titles in average revenue per user, according to an Onavo study. "The most widely played games like Angry Birds Star Wars, Subway Surfers and Bike Race Free were not among the very, very top grossing games on a per user basis," writes Kim-Mai Cutler. TechCrunch (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple changes policy to prevent app-image bait-and-switch
    Apple announced a new policy of locking in screenshot images submitted to the App Store alongside applications. The change is aimed at stopping app developers from using the bait-and-switch tactic of swapping out an approved screenshot with one suggesting a more popular app in order to boost downloads. "While this presumably means that scamming developers will no longer be able to game the App Store, it also hobbles legitimate developers trying to keep their app descriptions up to date," Steven Musil writes. CNET (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Atlantic tests HTML5 site that might replace its native app
    The Atlantic is opening an HTML5 browser-based site for The Atlantic Wire, hinting that it might replace the magazine's iPhone application eventually. This fits into a larger trend in which publishers are increasingly questioning the value of building native apps, as browser-based sites advance in utility and flexibility, as in the case of Condé Nast abandoning its Gourmet app in favor of Web updates. "We're going to explore this native versus Web app debate, which is part of the reason that we're testing out the HTML5 app with the Wire," Atlantic President Scott Havens says. Adweek (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Codecademy creates a platform for learning about APIs
    The startup Codecademy is partnering with YouTube, Twilio, Stripe and others on an initiative to teach lessons about application programming interfaces. Students will learn how to, for example, embed a YouTube viewer in their applications or create an in-app phone using the Twilio API. "The goal is to build a platform where anyone can add a lesson for their API," Codecademy co-founder Zach Sims says. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/9), (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • FCC to provide more spectrum for Wi-Fi nets in public areas
    Wi-Fi networks at airports, convention centers and other crowded spaces will get more support from the Federal Communications Commission under a new policy that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined Wednesday. "The FCC is moving to bring increased speed and capacity to Wi-Fi networks by increasing the amount of unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi," he said. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Help Remedies app identifies potential flu spreaders
    Help Remedies' "Help, I Have the Flu" app helps users attempt to trace the origins of their malady. The program searches Facebook friends' postings for key flu-related words, such as "sneezing" and "wheezing," then identifies possible suspects. "We thought we would try and have some fun with flu season and make it more interesting," said Help Remedies CEO Richard Fine. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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