Some New GTLDs Will Fail as Businesses, Experts Say | Flurry's New Ad Analytics Service Will Reveal The Effectiveness Of Mobile Ad Networks | Spotify for Android cranks it to 11 with ICS support, revamped design, & more | New Orleans, Alabama and the future of digital journalism | Salesforce.com Upgrades Force.com With Mobile, Database Gifts for Developers

Some New GTLDs Will Fail as Businesses, Experts Say

Posted by PCWorld
Several questions remain after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers unveiled 1,930 applications for new generic top level domains this week, long-time ICANN observers said.
While some of the new gTLDs will evolve into successful businesses, many others will not, ICANN watchers said. As ICANN begins to evaluate the applications, starting July 12, there will be questions about the business plans of some applicants as well as the technical ability of some to operate a new gTLD, they said.
The application process "almost seemed like a gold rush," said Richard Stockton, a lawyer with Banner and Witcoff, an intellectual property law firm. "There's going to be some [gTLDs] that p[...]
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Flurry’s New Ad Analytics Service Will Reveal The Effectiveness Of Mobile Ad Networks

Posted by TechCrunch
Mobile app measurement and advertising platform Flurry is expanding its product lineup with a new service that will allow app marketers the ability to track the effectiveness of their mobile ad campaigns. Flurry Ad Analytics, as the service is being called, works with the major ad networks, such as Apple’s iAd, Google Admob, and Flurry’s own AppCircle, for example, and will show from where users arrived, which campaigns were effective, and what any given network’s userbase looks like over time.
This is a big deal for mobile app developers and marketers because, currently, these folks are buying from something like ten to fifteen ad networks, and yet have little visibility i[...]
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Spotify for Android cranks it to 11 with ICS support, revamped design, & more

Posted by VentureBeat
Streaming music service Spotify has massively updated its Android application with support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a new navigation bar, an Android widget, and an option for higher sound quality, the company announced Tuesday.
Spotify is now available in 15 countries, and while its iPhone and new iPad app are quite good, the service has been considerably lacking on Android by comparison. Now that will be remedied by bringing its app to more Android devices and featuring a better overall interface.
“For all our Android users, this Spotify update is a huge leap forward, said Gustav S�dertr�m, VP Products at Spotify, in a statement. “We?ve rebuilt it from top to bottom[...]
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New Orleans, Alabama and the future of digital journalism

Posted by Gigaom
As expected, Newhouse-owned newspaper chain Advance Publications announced on Tuesday a wave of layoffs at its properties in Alabama and at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans — the fallout from a recent decision by the company to stop printing those newspapers every day and instead shift its focus to the web. As sensible as this decision might seem from a financial standpoint, however, the reaction to the cuts has made it obvious that many observers see only carnage, not a transition. And while Advance has promised that it plans to devote more resources to the web, its critics say the company’s existing digital properties don’t exactly fill them with confidence.
For the most[...]
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Salesforce.com Upgrades Force.com With Mobile, Database Gifts for Developers

Posted by PCWorld
Salesforce.com is rolling out a number of upgrades to its Force.com platform in conjunction with the Summer '12 update to the vendor's cloud CRM (customer relationship management) software, focusing on areas such as mobile application development, database tooling and easier upgrades.
The new mobile features include support for geolocation fields inside Force.com's database infrastructure, allowing developers to create "location-aware" applications.
Salesforce.com has also created a new Schema Builder toolset, which is generally available as part of Summer '12. Schema Builder provides a visual, drag-and-drop style interface for quickly building database schemas.
Another feature, push upgrade[...]
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