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Twitter revamps developer website

Twitter launched a new version of its developer website, noting that it has more than one million registered applications and 750,000 developers building on its platform today.

Apple takes App Store fight to GetJar; receives Amazon blow

Apple is embroiled in further action regarding its US trademark for the term ‘App Store,’ with the company sending independent vendor GetJar a ‘cease-and-desist’ letter.

In-Stat predicts tablet app growth

Research firm In-Stat has offered some long-term outlook on tablet applications with a forecast for five-year growth of total worldwide tablet app downloads from under one billion in 2011 to more than 11 billion in 2015.

Zynga to buy Canadian mobile apps developer

US-based social games company Zynga is to acquire Canadian mobile app developer Five Mobile for an undisclosed sum, in a move that is expected to help it expand beyond its Facebook focus.

Flurry: Free-to-play gaming revenue overtakes premium on App Store

Revenue generated by so-called ‘Freemium’ gaming apps surpassed that of traditional paid-for (Premium) games on Apple’s App Store last month, according to a new study by apps analytics firm Flurry. The study tracked the top 100 grossing games in January and June of this year on the iOS platform. It found that Freemium apps represented 39 percent of the top gaming revenue generated on the App Store in January, but rose to account for 65 percent by last month. 

3 UK launches operator channel on Ovi Store

3 UK has followed the example of its larger peer – Vodafone UK – by launching a dedicated channel with a third-party app store, reports Mobile Europe.

Google includes NFC tagging support in Google app

The Android app for Google’s new social network – Google+ - reportedly features NFC-based technology to automatically ‘tag’ content.

Marketing industry: were ready and waiting… where are you?

The mobile industry is far more ready to provide a marketing platform for brands and organisations than the marketing industry is to embrace mobile.

Patents: a complex web of relationships

As the number of active patent disputes continues to grow, there is nothing clear cut in the world of mobile.

Apple hits 15B app download milestone

Apple said that more than 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide.

Tapjoy secures US30M funding

App discovery company Tapjoy announced its US$30 million Series D funding round, stating that it will use the cash to “accelerate its innovative product technology roadmap, expand its direct advertiser relationships, broaden its services, and aggressively pursue new opportunities.”

RIM details App World device breakdown

RIM published new details of the platform breakdown of its BlackBerry App World customers, to enable developers to assess which versions of its OS to address.

Free Amazon Android apps worth US900 per year said that based on the normal cost of the Android apps offered as Amazon’s Free App of the Day, customers could “save nearly US$900 annually” if they were to download each one.

KT partners with China Mobile for international app play

South Korean operator KT is reportedly set to partner China Mobile in the apps market, with the intention of offering its content via a “shop within a shop” from later this week.

Nielsen: Games most popular US apps

Market research company Nielsen said that games are the most popular apps among active US users, having been used by 64 percent of “past 30-day app downloaders” in the preceding month.

Developer critical of Amazon Appstore

App developer Bithack published an open letter criticising Amazon’s Appstore, warning that “if you are a small indie development team, or possibly even alone, don’t bother with Amazon Appstore.”

Nomadesk debuts remote access apps

Enterprise software company Nomadesk launched five apps designed to provide remote access to business files, for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

ASC partners with Tencent for app testing

Chinese app store enabler App Store Connect announced a “strategic partnership” with Tencent Mobile Security, which will see it using Tencent’s app security testing and certification service to provide customers with assurance that products “have been thoroughly checked and are safe for download onto their mobile devices.”

Easing the pressure points

Mobile Apps Briefing talks to Dave Kennedy, CEO of appMobi, about the choices facing developers today.

Report: China Mobile app tally tops 70,000; registered users pass 80M

CapitalVue said that China Mobile’s app store, Mobile Market, now has more than 70,000 apps available, with its registered developer total having passed two million.