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Poynt passes 9 million user mark

Location search app company Poynt said it had passed the 9 million unique user mark across North America, Western Europe and Australia, growing from 3.2 million at the end of June 2010.

Ovi Store downloads top 7 million daily

A post on the Nokia Developer website said that daily download requests on the Ovi Store “recently soared to 7.62 million,” crossing the 7 million milestone for the first time, and beating a previous record, “set only a few days earlier,” by 840,000 downloads.

e-bookstores fall in line with new Apple rules on in-app purchases

Popular e-reader apps from major e-book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble have been forced to comply with Apple’s latest crackdown on in-app purchases made outside of its App Store model.

Industry group brands AT&T/T-Mobile merger bad for apps

The US Consumer and Communications Industry Association told political publication The Hill that the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile could hamper the mobile applications ecosystem, by giving the combined operator enough power to “block innovation in the wireless marketplace.”

ABI claims end of Flash closer than people think; Adobe ends app distro efforts

Analyst firm ABI Research said that the “disappearance of Flash is closer than people think,” as increased support for HTML5 in the mobile ecosystem will reduce the need for the Adobe-developed technology.

Mozilla planning cross-platform app play

Mozilla, the group behind the Firefox browser, announced plans to create “a compete, standalone operating system for the mobile web,” which is intended to displace proprietary, single-vendor stacks for app development.

Motorola Solutions invests in Canvas

Motorola Solutions Venture Capital led the first tranche of a US$1.75 million funding round by Canvas, which was described as “a mobile business application service that makes it easy to find, customize and publish business apps for mobile devices.”

ROK TV tops 100,000 BlackBerry downloads

Mobile technology company ROK Global said that there had been 100,000 downloads of its app from BlackBerry App World in the UK, enabling customers to access a range of streamed media content.

Westcoast inks Appitalism deal

Mobile Streams, owner of the multi-platform app store, inked a white label distribution agreement with UK IT distributor Westcoast, which will see the launch of a ‘Westcoast with Appitalism’-branded store.

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The pros and cons of the strategic alliance.

Internal apps offer more than just monetisation

Apps should not be seen purely as revenue generation tools and new marketing channels. Now is the time for businesses to look deeper at how tailored apps can support employees across the entire business process.

Nokia apps total tops 50,000

Nokia said that there are now more than 50,000 apps available from its Ovi Store, with more than 6.5 million downloads per day taking place.

Lodsys ups patent ante with Rovio, EA added to list

FOSS Patents said that Lodsys has amended one of its in-app purchasing lawsuits to name several new companies, the most high profile of which are Angry Birds developer Rovio and gaming giant EA (for The Sims 3 for iPhone).

Report: China Mobile details developer regime

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, has made available its "Provisional Management Methods for Mobile Application Market (Mobile Market) Developers" guide, providing details of its app store management regime, Marbridge Daily reports.

Lookout unveils threat protection for app stores

Lookout Mobile Security announced its Mobile Threat Network, which includes “an API which can extend the protection available in the Network to any app store or download site.”

Google adds multiple ADK support to Android Market

Google said that developers can now upload multiple versions of an app to Android Market, sharing the same product listing but enabling the delivery of variants to meet specific device criteria.

SoundHound updates music discovery app

Music discovery app company SoundHound announced the addition of a LiveLyrics feature to its product, enabling customers to see lyrics in time with music they hear playing or which is stored on their Apple iOS devices.

Handmark launches social subsidiary

App developer Handmark launched its OneLouder Apps subsidiary, which it said is “focused on creating a whole new breakthrough category of social apps across major mobile platforms to provide consumers with a more personalised and enjoyable mobile experience.”

Microsoft details App Hub updates

Microsoft detailed changes to its App Hub, the portal for its Windows Phone 7 developers, ahead of the release of its next generation of the platform – codenamed Mango. The updates fall into three categories: more geographic markets for developers, consumers and advertising coverage; new private distribution options; and enhanced application and account management capabilities.

BlueVia partners with Apigee for API availability

Telefonica’s BlueVia developer initiative has partnered with Apigee to integrate the Apigee API Console with BlueVia. The move will enabled developers to “explore, learn and test the BlueVia APIs faster and more easily,” and allow them to share their finding with others.