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Facebook f8 Developer Conference Announced for 2011 Facebook f8 Developer Conference Announced for 2011

It’s so late in the year, we almost forgot that Facebook hadn’t held its annual F8 developer conference yet. Today, the company announced that it will take place on September 22. Facebook says the event will be spent exploring topics …

Facebook Updates Developer App for Easier Settings Management Facebook Updates Developer App for Easier Settings Management

Today Facebook announced an update to the Developer App, which it says will make it easier for developers to manage all of their basic app settings from one place. “The streamlined UI more clearly shows the different app integrations (Web, …

Facebook Publishes Social Design Guidelines Facebook Publishes Social Design Guidelines

Facebook has published guidelines on “three elements of social design,” which it says are: community, conversation and identity. Social Design itself, according to the company, is “a way of thinking about product design that puts social experiences at the core. …

Facebook Games, Apps Revamped, Following Google+ Games Launch Facebook Games, Apps Revamped, Following Google+ Games Launch
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As you may have heard, Google announced the launch of games on Google+. Well, Facebook quickly followed that announcement with one called “Making Games Better,” which includes news of a new game ticker and a bigger screen for game play, …

Facebook Insights for Credits Launched Facebook Insights for Credits Launched

Facebook just announced the launch of Insights for Credits, so developers can get a look at metrics related to transactions within their apps. You can view data on: user spend chargebacks refunds “Insights for Credits uses the same data that …

Mark Zuckerberg Personally Calls Out Facebook App Mark Zuckerberg Personally Calls Out Facebook App

Recent times have been interesting ones for Facebook developers. Recently, Facebook’s “ban bot” went through and shut down a bunch of Facebook apps for being too spumy. This was based on user feedback, but the problem was that they weren’t …

Facebook Announces Groups for Developer App Facebook Announces Groups for Developer App

Facebook announced today that it is adding the ability to add and create Facebook Groups within the Developer App. These can be used to manage users who are admins, developers, Insights users, and testers. “As part of Operation Developer Love, …

Web Apps to Get More Useful Web Apps to Get More Useful
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Google announced via the Chromium blog that it is working on the Web Intents framework, which will essentially manifest itself as an API that will allow web apps to communicate with one another, similar to how Android apps can. The …

Apple iCloud Prices and Web Apps Revealed Apple iCloud Prices and Web Apps Revealed

iCloud will ship to consumers this Fall. It lets you store content in the cloud and access it on various devices. It works with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and even PC, and is free with the upcoming iOS 5 …

Facebook Makes App Testing Easier Facebook Makes App Testing Easier
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Since the whole “ban bot” fiasco, Facebook has been trying to save face with developers. A couple weeks ago, they announced the removal of the app directory in favor of making it easier to get apps into the Facebook search …

Google Launches In-App Payments Google Launches In-App Payments

At Google I/O, Google announced In-App payments for for web app developers (among other things). Now, Google has made them available. “Integration is simple with just a few lines of code. And pricing is set at just 5-percent,” says Product …

Are Things Getting Better for Facebook App Developers? Are Things Getting Better for Facebook App Developers?
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Facebook announced that it is removing its app directory, but also creating a new way to get apps into the Facebook search index. The company says the App Directory (in its current form) just doesn’t drive a significant amount of …

Twitter Launches New Site for Developers Twitter Launches New Site for Developers

Twitter has launched a new site for developers apparently aimed at providing better info on how to develop for the company’s platform. This comes at a time when the FTC is said to be eyeing the company over its competitive …

FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity
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Business Insider is running a report claiming “Twitter is under federal investigation” from the Federal Trade Commission. This is related to how the company has dealt with third-party apps: acquiring things like Tweetie and TweetDeck turning them into proprietary apps, …

Facebook Ban Bot Like Google Panda Update for Facebook Facebook Ban Bot Like Google Panda Update for Facebook
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It seems as if Facebook has developed something of a shoot first ask questions later kind of mentality. You may recall last week when Roger Ebert’s Facebook page was removed after complaints about him (following controversial comments made about the …

Google Looks to the Crowd to Take On Microsoft and Skype Google Looks to the Crowd to Take On Microsoft and Skype

Google was already starting to compete with Skype a little, by releasing things like video chat within Gmail, but Gmail is only a small segment of people in the broader landscape of web users. Now Google is thinking bigger, and …

Kinect Comes to Windows Kinect Comes to Windows
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Today, Microsoft released a software developer kit (SDK) in beta for its Kinect product for the Windows 7 operating system, effectively meaning that software developers will be able to harness the capabilities of Kinect for use with personal computers running …

Amazon Introduces “Elastic Beanstalk” for Easy App Deployment

Amazon announced a new product for Amazon Web Services today, called "AWS Elastic Beanstalk". The product, a new way for developers to deploy and manage apps in the AWS cloud, handles things like capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and app health monitoring.

Google Gives Third-Party Apps Access to Goo.gl
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Google has launched an API for its URL shortener, goog.gl. The API can be used to interact with the service and develop applications that store, share, and manage goo.gl URLs. 

Mac App Store Officially Coming January 6

Apple announced that its Mac App Store will officially open on January 6 (a Thursday). With this, Apple hopes to capitalize on the success it’s had with its App store for iPhone and iPad apps for its older Mac brand. 

Right away, the store will be available in 90 countries, and will feature paid and free apps in a variety of categories like Games, Productivity, Education, Graphics & Design, Lifestyle, and Utilities. 

Twitter Should Be Getting More Useful at the Geographical Level

Twitter is making it easier for developers to tap into Places data, which should fuel more interesting functionalities around locations in a lot of apps.