Fred Wilson, a well-known venture capitalist whose firm has invested in
Twitter, published a blog post earlier this week that raised eyebrows
amongst third party developers who develop on the Twitter platform.
The reason? It sent an ominous message to many of them: Twitter might put you out of business soon.
While browsing through my RSS reader earlier, I came across an interesting post on PaidContent: a Facebook app called Second Porch raised $1m in funding from an angel fund.
I immediately scratched my head and asked myself: do most entrepreneurs behind individual Facebook apps like Second Porch really need to raise funding for their app businesses? It's a question that I think is increasingly important as more and more entrepreneurs launch their ideas on Facebook, not as standalone websites.
Why is the iPhone so popular with developers? One word: money. The App Store is a developer's lottery ticket. All it takes is the right app at the right time and fortune can be yours.
The widely-publicized stories of developers who struck it rich with iPhone apps arguably did more for iPhone development in the early days than any developer-oriented sales pitch from Apple or Steve Jobs. It has been somewhat difficult, however, to find the same sort of stories about developers who struck it rich with Android apps.
Apple is, for lack of a better word, an unconventional company. And in
the past several days, it has apparently decided to take on the
conventional wisdom that 'sex sells'.
In a publicly unannounced and unexplained move, several days ago Apple
began a mass purge of the App Store. The target: iPhone apps that somebody, somewhere might find a sexual overtone in. From bikinis to ice skating tights to
mere silhouettes, Apple is reportedly done with any apps whose purpose
is to create "excitement or titillation" -- for both males and females alike.
On the surface, it seems like an unfair fight -- 24 on one. But that's what it might take some of world's biggest mobile carriers if they hope to defeat the reigning king of mobile app distribution, Apple.
The carriers have banded together to create the 'Wholesale Applications
Community'. The goal: make it possible for developers to build
applications that work across handsets and carriers. The 24 carriers
participating in the Wholesale Applications Community have three
billion subscribers combined, and the initiative is also receiving
support from the GSMA, which is made up of handset manufacturers LG
Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
When it comes to marketing, 'location, location, location' has always
been important. But thanks to the rapid growth and maturity of mobile
technologies, 'location, location, location' is taking on new meaning.
Location-based advertising is potentially the holy grail of mobile
marketing. And it appears that Apple, which occupies an important
position in the mobile market with the iPhone, apparently wants to keep
location-based advertising opportunities to itself.
Forget about the Apple's success with the App Store. According to an
article by Farhad Manjoo in Fast Company magazine, the app store model
may soon hit a "dead end".
That's because, he argues, developers don't need Apple. As Manjoo sees
it, "in the age of the Web, developers can get their programs to end
users without anyone intervening".
Following in the footsteps of the US government, which launched data.gov last year, the UK government has teamed up with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the 'inventor of the internet', to launch data.gov.uk.
As the domain suggests, data.gov.uk is an online repository for data the government has in its virtual vaults and wants to make more accessible to citizens. From the economy to education, data.gov.uk currently offers just under 3,000 datasets - nearly triple what's available across the pond on data.gov.
Rumors are swirling around Apple's major product announcement later this month. According to a variety of sources, Apple is set to unveil the long-awaited tablet computing device that has been the subject of speculation for quite some time.
Many believe that an Apple tablet will be as revolutionary as the iPhone. Some go so far as to suggest that it could alter the computing landscape altogether.
Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly going to pull in approximately half a billion dollars this year in advertising revenue. It's a significant amount, but hundreds of millions of dollars more are being made on Facebook through virtual currency transactions that Facebook has no part of.
Facebook, of course, has its own official virtual currency, Credits, but most Facebook app developers can't integrate them with their apps, and are not required to use them.