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Developers and customers embracing in-app purchases

The higher volumes of downloads for free apps compared to their paid-for siblings is attracting developers to switch to monetisation methods other than paid purchases, according to Distimo.

Facebook targets feature phone app market

Facebook has launched an app for non-smartphone devices, a move that will grow its mobile customer base way beyond its existing 200 million users. ‘Facebook for Feature Phones’ has been co-developed by Snaptu.

Seeking an audience

Will mobile broadcast prove to be a technology without an audience?

Starbucks users can pay for their coffee with an app

Starbucks will enable users of BlackBerrys or Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch to pay at US company-operated stores by using their smartphones.

Newcomer launches cross-platform wholesale market for mobile developers

Start-up MobileApps.com is calling on developers to add their apps to its cross-platform mobile app marketplace ahead of its launch in a month’s time.

Millennial releases WP7 SDK

Mobile advertising network Millennial Media announced availability of a SDK for Windows Phone 7, which it said extends the same monetisation options it offers for other platforms to the new Microsoft OS.

Scoreloop gaining one million users per week

Scoreloop, a company which enables developers to add social connectivity features to a mobile game, said that it is seeing more than one million new players using Scoreloop-enabled features every week

Microsoft picks MACH for WP7 billing

Billing systems company MACH said that Microsoft has selected its Direct Billing Gateway solution for Windows Phone 7 applications and content, enabling it to offer operator charging support.

The benefits of native versus web apps

Web services might dominate the desktop world, but apps have changed how people spend time, do business, and access content via mobile, says Hannu Verkasalo, chief executive of Zokem.

Netbiscuits signs new VC backers

Netbiscuits, which says it “enables customers to develop, publish and monetise cross-platform mobile websites and apps,” announced an additional funding round, with unspecified investments (totalling “several million Euro”) made by T-Venture and Creathor Venture.

Appcelerator bolsters web app play with Aptana buy

Developer tools company Appcelerator acquired Aptana, creator of an integrated development environment for building web apps.

Shazam uses Qt to launch app for latest version of Symbian

Music discovery app firm Shazam has taken advantage of Nokia’s development environment Qt to introduce an application designed specifically to run on the latest version of Symbian.

Nokia updates Ovi Store; mass-market features improved

Nokia announced several updates to its Ovi Store via its Ovi Blog, including support for additional languages and improved app search capabilities.

The mobile industrys big irony

Why do businesses whose job is selling communications struggle to talk to their customers?

Apple releases first beta of iOS 4.3 and SDK to developers

Apple has released the beta for iOS 4.3 that brings new features including a personal hotspot, support for AirPlay video streaming in third-party native (and web apps), a redesigned FaceTime icon as well as support for multitouch gestures for the iPad.

Enterprises set to embrace apps in 2011

Sybase said that 90 percent of IT managers are planning to implement new mobile apps in 2011, with nearly half stating that successfully managing mobile applications will top their priority list for the year.

Report: first NFC apps available for Android

NFC World says that the first Android apps including NFC features have started to appear on Android Market, weeks after Google announced the launch of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which adds support for the technology.

Concur acquires TripIt for mobile play

Travel and expense management solutions company Concur is to acquire mobile travel software company TripIt for $82 million in cash and stock, with an “earn-out” that could take the total value to $120 million.

RIM releases beta of web-based SDK for PlayBook; more services and tools for developers

RIM has used its BlackBerry Devcon Asia event to further seed developer interest in its PlayBook tablet with the launch of the beta version of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, as well as announcing new developer services tools for BlackBerry smartphones.

Applico looks beyond the mobile phone for new markets

US mobile developer Applico created a “Connected Services Division” specialising in the development of apps for “devices beyond smartphones such as tablets, Internet-connected televisions, cars and other electronic devices.”