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Kids' iPad Magazine Timbuktu Rethinks Its Tricky In-App Purchasing Model, Releases A More Parent-Friendly App

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Timbuktu, an adorably designed educational and entertainment-focused iPad app for kids, has finally revamped its business model – a model which had previously been a terrible example of how children’s apps too often try to grow their revenue by tricking kids into purchasing in-app content. The company now admits that its virtual allowance mechanism...
Kids' iPad Magazine Timbuktu Rethinks Its Tricky In-App Purchasing Model, Releases A More Parent-Friendly App

Skout Suspends Teen Service After Rape Allegations Emerge

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Skout, a mobile social dating start up based in San Francisco, suspended its sub-community for teens on Tuesday after allegations emerged that the app may have been used in connection with multiple rape cases over the past month. A number of adults have posed as teenagers on the app to...
Skout Suspends Teen Service After Rape Allegations Emerge

Why the "Want" Button Doesn't Work for Social Commerce

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When you’re in the market for a new camera, or a backpack for your 2nd grader, chances are you’ll search Google or Amazon for the product you want, and then scan for the cheapest deal or the best-reviewed product. You might also go directly to a favorite retailer’s website and...
Why the "Want" Button Doesn't Work for Social Commerce

Apps using Dropbox are being rejected because Apple is playing hardball

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If you’ve ever developed an iOS app, you know that the submission process can be a scary one. Apple provides developers with a HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) that must be followed, but sometimes something obscure trips you up during the process. One such oddity has started causing an issue for...
Apps using Dropbox are being rejected because Apple is playing hardball

How to Enhance Your Community Using Twitter, a New O'Reilly Book

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Are you seemingly stuck with trying to suss out what to do with Twitter? Don't know how to get started? Does 140 characters seem daunting? Then you might want to take a look at a new O'Reilly book called Tweetsmart. There are lots and lots of Twitter-related books out there...
How to Enhance Your Community Using Twitter, a New O'Reilly Book

App.net begins accepting PayPal payments, drops credit card requirement for 30-day trials

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App.net, the ad-free, Twitter-like service, has begun accepting payments via PayPal as it opens its membership process to those that prefer the online payments service, or don’t have the requisite credit card that was previously needed. It has also simplified monthly trials by removing credit card requirements. The service has been...
App.net begins accepting PayPal payments, drops credit card requirement for 30-day trials

Shocking Next-Gen Law Enforcement Handcuff System Revealed

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While researching tech patents from some of the top companies in the industry as we do every week, we happened to stumble upon a stray patent that just happened to reveal a next generation system of restraining devices such as handcuffs for law enforcement. While the new system focuses on...
Shocking Next-Gen Law Enforcement Handcuff System Revealed

Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft's SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30% cut of subscriptions

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According to a report from TNW citing sources close to Microsoft, Apple is currently preventing Microsoft from updating its SkyDrive iOS app due to a disagreement over whether or not Apple should collect its usual 30% cut of additional storage purchased through the service. TNW explained: The difficulty began...
Apple reportedly rejecting updates to Microsoft's SkyDrive iOS app, wants 30% cut of subscriptions

To settle lawsuit, Facebook will add opt-out controls for Sponsored Stories

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Five disgruntled Facebook members have forced the social network to change how it manages its popular Sponsored Stories ad units. The users, two of whom are minors, sought class-action status in a lawsuit against Facebook for using their names and faces in ad units without their consent, a violation...
To settle lawsuit, Facebook will add opt-out controls for Sponsored Stories

France will cut funding to its piracy police

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France’s new culture minister is not yet promising to disband the country’s internet piracy enforcement agency, Hadopi. But she already is already planning to cut its budget and to dissuade it from kicking people off the internet. Aurélie Filippetti has commissioned former Canal+ pay-TV CEO Pierre Lescure to lead a wide-ranging...
France will cut funding to its piracy police

Apple celebrates App Store countdown to 25B downloads with $10,000 prize

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Apple has begun its countdown to the 25 billionth app downloaded from the App Store, and, as with previous milestones, is offering a prize for the person to grab it. This time around it’s a $10,000 App Store Gift Card, reports Macrumors. The contest can be entered by simply purchasing...
Apple celebrates App Store countdown to 25B downloads with $10,000 prize
Google CEO Larry Page Wants A Totally Separate World Where Tech Companies Can Conduct Experiments On People (GOOG)

Pirates Want To Go Legal But Convenience, Choice & Availability Come First

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Following years of wrangling, last month the Danish government officially announced its new strategy for dealing with unauthorized file-sharing. But against the wishes of rightsholders and in stark contrast with aggressive “3 strikes” style schemes being introduced elsewhere, Denmark said there would be no mechanisms to bully citizens away from...
Pirates Want To Go Legal But Convenience, Choice & Availability Come First
Mark Zuckerberg, the new dictator of Facebookistan

Fresh Calls to Congress to Make Movie and Music Streaming a Felony

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For close on ten years the mainstream movie and TV studios have struggled with BitTorrent piracy. Despite years of high-profile crackdowns on sites and their users, very few inroads have been made into reducing the amount of content being shared via the famous protocol. In fact, one might argue that...
Fresh Calls to Congress to Make Movie and Music Streaming a Felony
Exposing the beauty of deadly disease through medical photography
Samsung pens letter detailing 'potentially serious issues and problems' with nano-SIM vote

So you've created an app; now why hasn't anyone discovered it?

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You’ve gone through the Apple’s app review process and patiently waited (sometime very patiently) for a green light. Your new app is now live. You look at your server logs — no explosive growth. You look at your iTunes connect report the following day — no magical revenues. You scroll...
So you've created an app; now why hasn't anyone discovered it?
How to make the most of free Amazon business services
What Apple’s UDID phase out means to the iOS ecosystem

Wanted: Cloud infrastructure backed by SSDs

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Netflix cloud architect Adrian Cockcroft wants faster input/output mechanisms in the cloud. Amazon Web Services’ problem: SSDs don’t massively scale yet....
Wanted: Cloud infrastructure backed by SSDs

Parents' Fight With Apple Over 'Bait Apps' Moves Forward

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Is Apple doing enough to protect parents' wallets from their own children? That seems to be the debate that has been brewing in a year-old lawsuit related to iPhone apps and the purchasing mechanisms inside them. After parents type in their password to the App Store, children have a window...
Parents' Fight With Apple Over 'Bait Apps' Moves Forward

Planets Defense - review

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Android, iPhone, iPad; Lightworks; £1.49Reading this on mobile? Click here to viewPlanets Defense is a game of solar system domination with no plot or scene setting, just you against the red spaceships. Your job is to mine resources, build and upgrade spacecraft and colonise new planets, while defending your bases....
Planets Defense - review

Dropbox details security breach, says two-step authentication and other security boosts on the way

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In a post on its blog, Dropbox has detailed a recent security breach that resulted in a ‘small number’ of accounts being logged into in an unauthorized manner. The breach was caused by passwords stolen from ‘other websites’, says Dropbox’s Aditya Agarwal. One of the accounts accessed was an employee’s,...
Dropbox details security breach, says two-step authentication and other security boosts on the way

Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday

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Kevin Collier over at the DailyDot claims he's got it on good authority that the "six strikes" system, officially known as the Copyright Alert System, officially kicks off on Monday, many months later than scheduled. For whatever reason, the organization behind the program, the Center for Copyright Information, has been...
Six Strikes Officially Begins On Monday
Going After Parents, Pet Owners, Foodies & More, Fab.com Launches Weekly Shops
Google closes Facebook's loophole, bans non-Play Store app updates in Android

Facebook puts limits on event invites

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Facebook has established new restrictions for how many event invites a user can send at one time and how many pending invites an event can have, according to users who are seeing a notification preventing them from inviting more friends. The Facebook Help Center confirms that users cannot send more...
Facebook puts limits on event invites
Square Ventures Beyond Payments With Debut Of Customer Loyalty Punchcard Program

E-Cards Are Dead... Except on Mother's Day

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After looking over recent stats from Hitwise Intelligence on the decline of e-cards and the simultaneous rise of social media, we were stopped mid-yawn by this weird little blip on the radar: On Mothers' Day, e-cards show a less drastic YoY decline, and social media visits actually temporarily plunge, showing...
E-Cards Are Dead... Except on Mother's Day
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