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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.

Salesforce Acquiring Heroku – Major Platform for Social Apps

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a huge week for Salesforce. The company is hosting its Dreamforce conference, and has already introduced a free version of its "Facebook for the Enterprise" Chatter product, and launched Database.com to go head to head in the Database space with Oracle. 

Wouldn’t it Be Useful to Have Dictionary Functionality From Any App?
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Dictionary.com has launched a new API Developer Center, which has some pretty interesting implicatons for mobile apps, given that words are pretty universal. Developers can integrate Dictionary.com content and features into their products and services. 

Google Continues Efforts to Predict What Users Want
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Google is hellbent on predictions, it would seem. At Google I/O earlier this year, Google announced the Prediction API. More recently, it launched Google Instant, with the goal of giving you your results before you even finish typing the query.

Google Analytics SDK Now Supports Apple’s iOS 4

Google announced the release of the latest version of its mobile SDK for Google Analytics. This version supports the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 4. 

The new version of the SDK (version 0.8), which is in beta, also includes fixes for Android. 

Lots Happening with Bing Maps Today
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"Bing Maps just got more useful for developers, bus and train commuters and education advocates everywhere," a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. She is referring to a series of announcements Microsoft made today regarding Bing Maps. 

The company released two new Bing mapping apps, made additions to the Bing Transit Map, and released the final Windows Phone 7 SDK which features Bing and Microsoft Advertising.

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Intel Launches AppUp – An App Store for Netbooks

Intel just announced a new software app store for netbook apps. At the Intel Devleoper Forum in San Francisco, Renée James, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Software and Services Group, announced the general availability of the Intel AppUp Center. 

Apple to Publish App Store Review Guidelines

Apple released a statement today regarding its App Store Review Guidelines. The company says:

Twitter Apps Go OAuth Today
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As of today, Twitter apps will all use OAuth for user authentication. Users will be able to use apps without them storing their password.

"The move to OAuth will mean increased security and a better experience. Applications won’t store your username and password, and if you change your password, applications will continue to work," says

Nokia to Acquire Mobile Analytics Firm Motally

Nokia announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Motally, a mobile analytics firm. The company provides in-app tracking and reporting, enabling developers and publishers to optimize the development of their apps.

Facebook Moves Toward OAuth 2.0, IFrames, Drops App Tabs from Profiles
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Facebook posted an update for the Facebook Platform Roadmap today. Interestingly, Facebook Places isn’t mentioned once, though it will certainly be a significant part of the picture. 

Google Launches Chrome Web Store Developer Preview
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In May at Google I/O, Google revealed the Chrome Web Store, a gallery for web apps. Earlier this week, the company demonstrated it again, focusing on HTML5 games.

Google Adds Features to the Google Buzz API
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Google has released a "garden hose" for Google Buzz. This is a random sampling of public Google Buzz posts for developers who don’t have the required resources to support the traffic that comes with the firehose.

The garden hose has a query rate under the free quote limit of Google App Engine, Google says. "As such, many more developers will be able to easily get their hands dirty on this great source of real-time data," says Google’s Eric Steinlauf.

Gowalla Launches OAuth-Based Check In API

Gowalla has announced the launch of its new Check in API. This is different than the Gowalla API, which was launched in February, which first let developers tap into Gowalla data for their apps.

"With today’s release, we’re expanding what’s possible, enabling your applications to create check-ins on behalf of users," the company says. It utilizes OAuth 2.0 to do so.

The company gives developers the following guidelines for using the API:

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