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February 26, 2013
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  • BlackBerry to reconsider many rejected apps
    BlackBerry has agreed to review several applications that were submitted then rejected under its Built for BlackBerry developers program, Jon Russell writes. "I've looked at many of the apps, and I've seen that some of the apps that have been rejected have greater utility than the reviewer initially thought," says Alec Saunders, head of developer relations. Saunders added that those apps that are belatedly accepted will be credited retroactively in BlackBerry's $10K Developer Commitment program. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Developers like Facebook's new error-handling SDK
    Facebook's new software development kit offers better mobile analytics for determining sharing and actual usage, conversion logging from ads running in iOS apps, logging of in-app purchases, and better error-handling, writes John Koetsier. "It's about time. I was living in a world of pain trying to unstick users with expired tokens due to various reasons," says developer Jack Tihon of Endorse. VentureBeat (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft touts developer interest in Windows Phone 8 apps
    Microsoft said it now has more than 130,000 applications in the Windows Phone Store, and more important, downloads are up 75% since the introduction of Windows Phone 8, leading to a 91% increase in paid-app revenue. "More than 40,000 new developers registered with the company in the first 90 days since the launch of Windows Phone 8, and there are now over 15,000 apps in the store that leverage features only available in Windows Phone 8," writes Frederic Lardinois, adding Microsoft has opened a mobile version of its Dev Center dashboard. TechCrunch (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulation & Policy 
  • Bloomberg joins chorus calling for more high-skilled immigrants
    Michael Bloomberg is among those launching a campaign for more high-skilled-worker immigration called "March for Innovation." The New York mayor is working with AOL co-founder Steve Case, Foundry Group's Brad Feld and venture capitalists, among others. "The immigration debate in Congress should be an opportunity not only to fix the problems of the past, but also to look forward and create an immigration system that brings the best, brightest and hardest workers to our shores," Bloomberg says. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • New app allows easy access to health records overseas
    A mobile application called International Medical Passport has been launched by EasyMed to enable people to use smartphones to access their health records from anywhere in the world. The app, which meets Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements, can also be leveraged to look for preapproved health facilities and professionals. Health Tech Zone (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  App Developers Alliance News 
  • How Patent Trolls are Harming Innovation (Washington, D.C., Feb. 28)
    Alliance VP of Law, Policy and Government Relations Tim Sparapani will be speaking on Thursday's panel hosted by the Computer & Communications Industry Association. Panelists will discuss how patent trolls are impeding innovation and how to remedy the problem. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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