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Virgin Media app lands on N8

Nokia has reached agreement with Virgin Media so that the UK cable operator’s media player app comes preloaded on the Finnish vendor’s new N8 Symbian smartphone

Google launches YouTube app

Google has launched a YouTube application for the Android OS

Lack of video camera support bars high-profile apps from WP7

Developers of applications which make use of a smartphone’s integrated video camera are being hampered in their attempts to develop products for Microsoft’s fledgling Windows Phone 7 platform due to the lack of suitable APIs, according to Fortune.

Ovi Store app downloads nearing 2M per day; 70 developers pass million mark

Nokia says that it is now recording more than 2.7 million downloads per day from its Ovi Store, up from the 1.7 million level reported in July 2010.

Skype pulls the plug on Nimbuzz

Skype has barred third-party mobile VoIP provider Nimbuzz from offering its services, in what Nimbuzz claims is part of a new company policy ahead of Skype’s planned IPO.

Nielsen: iPad owners exhibiting unique usage profiles

Metrics company Nielsen says that almost two thirds of iPad owners have paid for content for their device, with customers also spending more time with apps than users of other platforms.

Report: Tech companies face dearth of app developer talent

Technology companies will be ramping up recruitment of app developers in the next twelve months but face a “scarce” supply of quality designers

Samsung offers free apps to drive growth

Samsung is offering a selection of its apps for free for a limited period in an effort to drive consumer demand for its app store and attract software developers to its proprietary bada platform.

Nokia outlines Qt, HTML5 future for developers

Nokia has announced a widespread re-fresh of its device platform activities, promising “greater clarification and simplicity in its developer offering [which] will empower the development community to create applications to reach users across both the Symbian and MeeGo platforms.”

WP7 to launch with only 1,000 apps

Microsoft said in its Windows Phone Blog that at the time of its US launch just 1,000 apps and games will be available for its Windows Phone 7 platform.