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BlackBerry App World 2.1 set for in-app payments

RIM has launched the beta version of BlackBerry App World 2.1, with a number of new features including the option for developers to offer apps that support in-app payments.

Mobile video firm Qik acquired by Skype

Qik, a US mobile video firm, is to be acquired by VoIP provider Skype.

No shortcuts to success in mobile apps

Playing the long game is vital for fledgling developers.

AT&T outlines app developer initiatives

AT&T detailed its mobile developer strategy at its 2011 AT&T Developer Summit. The US number-two operator said that it is “expanding collaboration opportunities with the development community – with a focus on speeding innovation to customers.”

Amazon details Appstore plans

Amazon officially confirmed its anticipated entry into the app store market, opening the Android Appstore Developer Programme in order to fill its catalogue.

Ballmer updates on WP7 developer progress

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, used his keynote speech at last week’s CES 2011 event to state that “there are already more than 5,500 applications available for Windows Phone customers.”

Appcelerator adds V CAST apps support

App tools company Appcelerator announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless, which it says will enable “millions of web developers worldwide to create native mobile apps for Android and BlackBerry and other operating systems using a single platform, and distribute and sell them through V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront.”

AT&T launches carrier billing for Android Market

US mobile operator AT&T last month launched carrier billing for Android device users on its network.

Weaknesses highlighted in WP7 DRM

It was reported that the digital rights management (DRM) technology used by Microsoft to protect apps sold via the Windows Phone 7 marketplace had been cracked, enabling miscreants to remove the security protection on downloaded apps so that they can be installed freely on handsets.

Report: Apple looking to boost cloud play

Apple is looking for new additions to its iOS team to help expand the company’s cloud-based services for devices such as the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple Insider.