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Rhapsody Cuts 15 Percent of Staff; President Resigns

September 17, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Music streaming service Rhapsody on Monday laid off 15 percent of its staff and said its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down. The company also announced investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners has become a major shareholder.

Google Acquires File Sharing Service Bump

September 17, 2013 9:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired contact and file sharing service Bump. In a blog on his company's website, Bump CEO and cofounder David Lieb said his company was "thrilled" to be joining Google. Lieb said Bump and Flock, the company's social photo sharing app...

Pandora Names Ex-aQuantive Head McAndrews as CEO

September 12, 2013 9:39 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Setting its sights on accelerating growth in advertising revenue, Internet radio giant Pandora on Wednesday named the former head of digital advertising company aQuantive, Brian McAndrews, as its new chief executive. The 54-year-old is tasked with speeding up the already rapid revenue growth at Pandora as it struggles to cover rising royalty payments to artists.

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Report: US App Makers Losing Share

August 29, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Developers in the United States beware, you're losing market share. That's the word from app analytics firm Flurry, which released research today that shows 45 percent of apps recording data through Flurry Analytics as of the start of June 2011 were made in this country. That's fallen off to just 36 percent as of June 2013.

From the Magazine: Q&A: Simon Khalaf, CEO, Flurry

August 27, 2013 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

A mature economy and growing economy has emerged from out of the now burgeoning app stores. But like any musical artist will tell you, the competition out there is brutal and regardless of how good you are, it’s sometimes hard to be seen. App developers find themselves in the same situation...

Thai Police Seek to Monitor Chat App for Crimes

August 13, 2013 10:15 am | by Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai police asked the operator of the popular "Line" instant messaging app for access to records of online chats, raising concerns about intrusive surveillance despite promising only suspected criminals would be targeted. Technology Crime Suppression division chief Pisit Paoin said Tuesday...

Amazon Launches Notification Service for Devs

August 13, 2013 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon continues to court developers with today's announcement of Mobile Push, an new API that will allow app makers to send push notifications. According to a press release, the serivce will enabled developers to send notifications to iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices...

Groupon Stock Soars After 2Q Results, New CEO

August 9, 2013 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Groupon's stock soared Thursday after the beleaguered online deals company named co-founder Eric Lefkofsky permanent CEO and posted stronger-than-expected revenue for the second quarter. Groupon Inc. reported a 7 percent increase in quarterly revenue...

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Group: Apps Not Effective Tool for Teaching Babies

August 8, 2013 10:24 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones don't make smart babies, an advocacy group declared Wednesday in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, whose allegations against "Baby Einstein" videos...

Amazon Offers Web Devs Distribution Through Appstore

August 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon Appstore has opened its shelves to web-based apps. Developers can now submit URLs for their HTML5 web apps and mobile websites and have Amazon offer that content through the Amazon Appstore. Until now, Amazon has only offered native apps for Android and Kindle Fire devices through their storefront...

Facebook Passes IPO Price for First Time Since IPO

July 31, 2013 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook's stock price has passed its $38 IPO price for the first time since its rocky initial public offering more than a year ago. Shares of Facebook Inc. are up 1.2 percent to $38.08 in morning trading Wednesday. The world's biggest online social network has been on...

Apple Acknowledges Dev Site Breach, Promises Overhaul

July 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple today released a statement on the recently reported hacking of its developer website. Apple acknowledged that last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of registered developers from the website...

Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

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Mayer Pitches Mobile-First Yahoo! as 2Q Earnings Jump 46%

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Just one day from her one-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer delivered second-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations and proved she's increasing end user engagement with the company’s mobile products. Under Mayer, Yahoo has been aggressively streamlining its mobile efforts...

Baidu to Buy Mobile Apps Company for $1.9 Billion

July 16, 2013 9:00 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will buy smartphone apps distributor 91 Wireless for $1.9 billion, adding to the scramble for the fast-growing Chinese mobile Internet market. Beijing-based Baidu said it would buy 57 percent of 91 Wireless Websoft Ltd...

Hasbro Buys 70 Pct of Mobile Game Maker Backflip

July 9, 2013 9:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As more people play mobile games, toy company Hasbro Inc. is investing in a company that develops games for smartphones and tablets. Hasbro, the company behind Monopoly, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and other toy brands, said Monday that it bought a 70 percent stake in Backflip Studios for $112 million in cash...

Beating Facebook Home: Four Tips for Carriers, Publishers and OEMs

July 2, 2013 9:07 am | by Greg Wester, Mobile Posse | Articles | Comments

Facebook Home has brought a great debate to the table. There’s no question that consumers spend more time with their mobile phones than any other device, plus new data from Nielsen Mobile Trends shows that the mobile homescreen is where consumers spend most (26%) of their time on mobile.

Apps Mix History with Technology at Gettysburg

June 28, 2013 9:26 am | by Keith Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare users have checked in at sites in the historic borough; more than 16,000 Facebook...

Microsoft to Unveil Latest Windows Adjustments

June 26, 2013 9:27 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners...

Biba Builds on Trend Towards OTT Dominance

June 25, 2013 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While carriers scramble to implement various unified communications services, they're being beaten and bested by third-party options that are already to market. It's Over-the-Top (OTT) services like Babi, which launched yesterday, that are meeting consumer demand right now...

Friday Flick: Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account, users can access...

Microsoft Launches Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account...

Report: Google Offers $1.1 Billion to Acquire Mapping Service Waze

June 10, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Google is offering $1.1 billion to acquire the crowd-sourced maps company Waze, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes after earlier reports that Apple had been interested in Waze. Waze's mobile app for iOS and Android gathers map information from its 40 million users...

Verizon, NFL Expand and Extend Mobile Agreement

June 4, 2013 11:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The National Football League (NFL) and Verizon have announced a renewed and expanded contract to eventually bring all NFL games to Verizon Wireless customers' mobile devices. Until now, a limited nummber of games were available through the Verizon Wireless' package...

Give Locally Grows Through Gaming, Social Media

May 29, 2013 10:39 am | by Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Andrew "Bo" Young III, son of former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, is carving out his own path for social change courtesy of a mobile app designed to help real families through the purchase of virtual goods.Young and California lawyer Brad Newman have launched "Giv Galaxy," an iPhone game in which players buy...

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