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Google, Apple, and App Industry Competition

While the magic of apps is simple and elegant offerings that consumers enjoy, hidden from view is a complex web of intertwined co-dependent parties that the Alliance calls “the app ecosystem.” In order to succeed and convert an idea into a business, app developers and publishers rely on many ecosystem partners, including high-quality operating systems and devices, and providers of analytics, advertising and marketing services.  

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FTC Releases Internet of Things Report

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report making privacy and security recommendations to industry regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) report today.  The report highlights numerous examples of positive uses of IoT, but also identifies several risks.  

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EU Value-Added Tax (VAT) Changes – What You Need to Know

Startups and small businesses who sell digital goods in Europe are gearing up for a major change coming in the new year. Despite outcry from these business owners, new EU VAT, or value-added tax, regulations are set to go into effect on January 1st, 2015.

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Apps are No Longer “Free” in the App Store

Apple has introduced a small but important change in how apps are presented in the App Store. Now, users will see a “GET” button next to a non-paid app, instead of the previous “FREE” button. There is no public reason for the change, but we can speculate that the change is prompted by several controversies around non-paid apps with in-app purchases.

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The New “New” Digital Business

According to a recent Comscore report, total mobile activity including mobile browser usage recently eclipsed desktop use, reaching 60 percent of browsing time. And Europeans are at the forefront as they spend 18% more time using apps than their US counterparts. This is a historical shift which requires us to rethink and appreciate that the web, once a singular digital distribution model, is now mobile and multifaceted. After all, this is the ‘connected’ generation.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop: What Android Developers Need to Know

Android 5.0 Lollipop is Google’s biggest overhaul of the Android platform since Gingerbread. To help developers get started on updating or building apps for Android 5.0 Lollipop, here is a breakdown of everything developers need to know about the new OS. 

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