Monday, December 24, 2012
  • NextGuide Updates TV App With Hulu Clips

    NextGuide's social TV and media discovery app has added over 18,000 video clips from the Hulu streaming TV service, as these second-screen apps broaden their connections to the multi-screen video economy. ...Read the whole story

  • Apple Wants Privacy Suit Dismissed

    Apple is asking a federal judge to dismiss a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the company violated iPhone and iPad users' privacy by transmitting their devices' unique identifiers to app developers. ...Read the whole story

  • Instagram Reverses Image Policy

    After sparking a storm of protest with changes to its terms of service that appeared to allow Instagram to sell users' images, founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced Tuesday evening that the terms will revert to their original version. ...Read the whole story

  • Sprint 'Swarms' Against Distracted Driving

    With more people (including parents and teens) on the road during the holiday season, Sprint is taking the time to remind people of the dangers of texting and driving, while also touting its own app that prevents the practice. ...Read the whole story

  • bMobilized Raises Monies To Expand Features

    bMobilized, which offers a DIY platform allowing small and medium-sized businesses to convert their sites to HTML5, just raised $2.5 million from investors Alliance Venture, Investinor and Alden AS. ...Read the whole story

  • Reuters: Google Vs. Amazon War Heating Up As Platform Lines Continue To Blur

    Quasi frenemies Google and Amazon are poised to become less friendly in the year ahead as the worlds of online advertising, retail, commerce, mobile and cloud computing blur putting them into more direct competition. A news analysis by Reuters suggests that the rivalry will begin to escalate this year due to some strategic decisions by both online giants. "For instance, Amazon's decision to use a stripped down version of Google's Android system in its new Kindle Fire tablet, coupled with Google's ambitious plans for its Motorola mobile devices unit, will only add to tensions," Reuters reports. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • How Apple Could Use NFCJuniper Research

    An Apple patent titled "Integrated Coupon Storage, Discovery and Redemption System" details a repository application similar to Passport for mobile coupon redemptions. The patent describes how users would redeem coupons by presenting the mobile device to a store clerk to enter the barcode or using near-field communication technology. The patent calls it a "near field payment system offered by the location." Although Apple didn't offer a NFC chip in the iPhone 5, perhaps developers changed their mind. ...Read the whole story

  • NimbleTV Promises TV EverywhereAll Things D

    Selling the “TV Everywhere” dream, NimbleTV debuted its service, this week. “Nimble’s pitch is simple,” reports AllThingsD. “Pay them a monthly fee, and they’ll deliver TV, over the Web, to any device you want.” Users will still have to pay for cable TV, but Nimble will make sure to get the video to them, wherever they are.  ...Read the whole story

  • Tablets Turning E-Readers Into AfterthoughtThe New York Times
  • Fiksu To Continue Hiring in 2013Business Journals
  • Service Could Put An End To Mobile Spam The Telegraph
  • Amazon Brings Kindle Singles To The UK PaidContent.org
Brands Praise iOS Passbook, But Let's See More Cross-App Functionality

Developers report great results from integrating wallet functions into Passbook. But this should encourage Apple and Google to focus OS development on user-level convenience and simplicity in a cluttered app universe. ...More