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Businesses Increasingly Looking to iPhone Apps
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iPhoneAppQuotes, which puts businesses together with iPhone developers, has released some interesting findings. The company has noticed a shift in app development trends.

"Business apps are proving to be the most popular category of apps as entrepreneurs and small businesses realize the marketing and additional revenue stream potential the iPhone creates," says Founder Gregg Weiss.

Some of iPhoneAppsQuotes’ findings include:

Justin.tv About to Get More Useful
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Justin.tv, the live streaming video site, which recently launched a Facebook app to allow users to watch video right from Facebook, has now released an API. The goal is to get people developing much more useful ways to use Justin.tv.

Integrate PayPal With Your Own Apps

PayPal announced that it is opening an API to developers to allow them to embed PayPal’s payment system into their own apps and platforms. The company, a subsidiary of eBay, says this is the first global payment platform to open to third-party developers.

FriendFeed Launches New API

FriendFeed announced today that it has released version 2 of the FriendFeed API for beta testing. The focus, according to the company, is making the API simpler to use.

Mozilla Starts Big Collection of Open Web Tools

Mozilla has launched a new directory with the goal of providing a one-stop shop for open web tools and resources for developers. It is called the Open Web tools Directory.

The reason Mozilla says it decided to start this directory is simply because there isn’t one like it. "There’s no central index of these tools," the company says in a blog post.

Google Launches New, Cheaper AdWords API

Google has launched a new version of the AdWords API. The company says this version offers more speed, scale, and flexibility to developers at a lower cost.

The AdWords API lets developers build apps that interact with the AdWords platform. With the API, users can:

Digg Wants You To Create More Useful Apps

Digg has introduced some new additions to the Digg API today. The company says with these, developers can create increasingly useful and interesting applications using Digg Data.

One of these new additions is a search endpoint, which utilizes the same search functionality that Digg introduced a couple months ago on its site. Users will be able to use advanced shortcuts, common search tricks, and search by source (domain).

Google Introduces A New Way to Collaborate
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Update: Google has shared a video demonstrating Google Wave:
 
 

Google Introduces Real-Time Gadget APIs

Aside from announcing its new collaboration platform Google Wave today, Google has also introduced a set of real-time gadget APIs. These APIs allow Google gadgets hosted in different users’ browsers to communicate with each other.

Google Talks HTML 5 and Innovation
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On Wednesday, Google held its Annual Developer Conference, which this year dealt a lot with the acceleration of the open web platform. There was a specific focus on HTML 5, which Google says is enabling developers to build uniquely powerful web apps.

Google announced the following new products at the conference:

Mozilla Launches Jetpack API

The developers at Mozilla Labs have introduced their new Application Programming Interface known as "Jetpack." Jetpack enables ordinary users who know basic web development languages, such as HTML, Javascript, and/or CSS, to write and distribute their own custom made Firefox add-ons using these languages.

Facebook Finally Opening Up
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Facebook is getting ready to open its stream up to third-party developers, which will allow for a ton of new Facebook-related applications, that won’t have to be used from within Facebook. According to the Wall Street Journal, developers will be able to access photos, videos, notes, and comments from the Facebook Stream with users’ permission.

Twitter Temporarily Disables OAuth for Security Reasons

Twitter recently released a product called "Sign in with Twitter," which is basically the social network’s answer to Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, etc.

It’s based on OAuth, but there’s a security problem with OAuth. In fact, Twitter and Yahoo have both disabled OAuth support temporarily. Biz Stone talks a little bit about it on the official Twitter Blog:

Google Launches API for Google Analytics
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Google as announced the release of an API for Google Analytics. This means developers will be able to do all kinds of fun stuff with the program.

Why “Pick Your Five” is So Popular on Facebook
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The other day, we looked at how the Facebook redesign has shaken up app popularity. The top apps lost their spots, and LivingSocial‘s "Pick Your Five" has taken over as the most popular app on Facebook.

Facebook Redesign Shakes Up App Popularity

Many Facebook users have complained about recent changes to the social networks design. Anyone who uses Facebook or follows Facebook news is probably well aware of that.

Google Introduces New Features for App Engine

At Campfire One, an event where developers are invited to "talk shop" at the Google campus, Google announced a new set of features for App Engine that helps it interface more easily with existing technologies.

Easier Flash/Facebook Integration
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Update: More from the press release, which has since come out:

Documentation, example applications and code are now available at http://www.adobe.com/go/facebook for developers to get started building rich applications with Adobe Flash and Flex software, and Facebook Platform.

Google Pulls Copy-Protected Apps from Unlocked G1 Phones
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In a Google support forum for the Android market, a user asked, "Does anyone know why Shazam and Calorie Counter are no longer available in the Android Market?"

"If you’re using an unlocked, developer phone, you’ll be unable to view any copy-protected application, including Shazam and Calorie Counter. This is a change that was made recently," responded Google Employee Ash.

Advertisers and Developers Monetize Social Media Apps
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Facebook has been encouraging developers to monetize their apps. They’ve recently gone so far as to create resources to help developers build business models around them.

One example of app monetization at work comes from the company Offerpal Media. This is a company that not only utilizes Facebook in its business model, but MySpace and other social networks as it enables both advertisers and developers to monetize apps.

Data Portability and the Cloud

We’ve been hearing a lot these days about cloud computing and data portability. It only makes sense that we see some data portability through the cloud as well right?

Confused yet? Think services like Facebook Connect combined with Google Apps.