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Chomp launches cross-store app search with Verizon Wireless

App discovery company Chomp announced availability of a cross-store app search tool via Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Apps store, enabling customers to search across V CAST Apps and Android Market.

Chunghwa app efforts in the black

Taiwanese operator Chunghwa Telecom is reported to have reached break-even with its Hami Apps store, generating revenue of TWD5 million–TWD10 million (US$173,500–US$345,000) monthly.

Half millionth app enters App Store

App discovery company Chomp said that Apple has approved the 500,000 App Store app.

Shazam updates OVI App

Shazam announced an update for its Nokia Qt app.

Apple stands up for developers in Lodsys spat

Apple came out in support of its developer community, following a number of lawsuits related to in-app purchasing filed by patent licensing firm Lodsys

Microsoft releases Mango developer tools

Microsoft is making available developer tools for the next generation of its Windows Phone platform, codenamed 'Mango.'  Many of the features highlighted by the company in a press event this week have already been previewed, with Microsoft touting what it claims is “a smarter approach to apps.”

Linux Foundation head warns of closed ecosystem pitfalls

Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, used his keynote at the MeeGo Conference to highlight the benefits of open platforms, when compared to more tightly-governed platforms such as Windows Phone, iOS and BlackBerry.

Microsoft details WM6.5 phase out

Microsoft confirmed that from 15 July 2011, developers will no longer be able to submit new apps to its Windows Marketplace for Mobile, its store for products targeting Windows Mobile 6.5 devices.

Window of opportunity closing for telco app plays

Research firm Heavy Reading said that “the window of opportunity is closing quickly, and telcos must make meaningful progress in the next 12 months to prove that they belong in the digital app business and that they can compete with over-the-top app providers such as Apple and Google.”

Paramount debuts exclusive WP7 apps

Cinema company Paramount Digital Entertainment announced the launch of ten additional movie apps exclusively for Windows Phone 7, with features including clip sharing, trivia games and movie info.

Verizon and Medco intro health app

Verizon Wireless and Medco Health Solutions announced a mobile application which can “instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions.”

FTC details mobile app privacy concerns

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlighted privacy issues around some mobile apps in a testimony delivered to Congress this week, noting that there was an urgent need to protect vulnerable young people which may be unwittingly disclosing private information.

Fuse Powered picks up 2M in seed funding

BlackBerry Partners Fund has led a US$2 million seed funding round in Fuse Powered, which it describes as a “data-driven mobile game publisher,” with NFQ Ventures also participating.

ngmoco buys game development partner

US-based mobile games developer ngmoco has bought Rough Cookie, a Netherlands-based programming house, in order to bolster its development capabilities.

PapayaMobile drops apps for enablers

Mobile social gaming company PapayaMobile said that it has launched “the last game to be developed and published internally by PapayaMobile.”

Millennial Media: iOS accounts for half of apps revenue despite Android devices growth

Apple’s iOS platform accounts for half of mobile apps revenue on Millennial Media’s mobile advertising platform, the firm said in its latest ‘Mobile Mix’ report for April.

Gamers embracing iOS in-app purchases

Offering gamers the chance to spend cash while playing is a “must have” for developers, according to Distimo and Newzoo.

Gartner talks up apps as smartphone loyalty tool

Research firm Gartner highlighted the importance of apps as a tool to increase smartphone customer loyalty, as part of its analysis of the device market in the first quarter of 2011. “Every time a user downloads a native app to their smartphone or puts their data into a platform's cloud service, they are committing to a particular ecosystem and reducing the chances of switching to a new platform," noted the firm.

What does Microsoft/Skype mean for mobile?

 

Integrating Skype with Windows Phone could strain Microsoft’s relations with operators

Developers facing further app patent battles

MacroSolve, a US-based mobile technology player, is reported to be targeting Android and iOS app developers with a patent infringement suit, having already launched action against ten companies.