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'Clash of Clans' Maker Sells Stake for $1.5B to Softbank

October 15, 2013 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell is selling a 51 percent stake to Japan's SoftBank and GungHo in a 1.5 billion deal. CEO Ilkka Paananen says the partnership will speed Supercell's goal of becoming the "first truly global games company...

HP Goes Deeper Into Mobile Apps With New Partner Ecosystem

October 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HP already has thousands of in-house mobile app developers at the disposal of their customers. So the digital customer experience partner ecosystem the company announced today is about more than just app development even if the focus is on delivering unique mobile applications for corporations...

What Does the Future Hold for OTT Rich Communication Apps?

October 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by Joe Lawrence, President, Voxox | News | Comments

Think of a CD-ROM, DVD, SMS, MMS and Blackberry Messenger.  Now, consider iTunes, NetFlix, Skype, YouTube, iMessenger, Twitter, Google Voice, Instagram, SnapChat, Vine and Voxox.  What’s different?  The latter are cross platform OTT apps that are cool, convenient, compelling and cost-effective.  That’s awesome, but what can we expect in the future?

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Facebook Acquires Onavo

October 14, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Social Networking giant Facebook has purchased data compression and anlaytics company Onavo. The companies did not offer financial details of the deal. According to the Onavo's official blog, the company's Tel-Aviv office will remain open for business and will become Facebook’s new Israeli office.

Nuance to Add Pair of Icahn Nominees to Board

October 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuance Communications Inc. says it's reached a deal with billionaire investor Carl Icahn to add two of his nominees to its board. The nominees include Brett Icahn, the activist investor's son, and David Schechter, an Icahn employee since 2004.

Rdio Launches Free Listening on Mobile Devices

October 3, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.

Now at Your Library: Streaming Movies, Music

October 2, 2013 9:39 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens...

Google Releases Digital Wallet App for iPhones

September 20, 2013 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system.

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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.

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...

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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...

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...

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.

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