Haven’t confirmed this but if true, it should hit more mainstream outlets in a bit:
via Google is now loading JS libraries from www.google.com – Tracking you all over the WWW including your ID if you’re logged in. : privacy.
TLDR: If you have a great mobile app, it’s hard to create a second mobile app that will be just as popular.
The early verdict? Maintaining strong performance across an app constellation isn’t easy. The data below.
via App Constellations – Are They Working?.
Interesting Youtube stat
Cussing, Comic Videogame Reviewer PewDiePie Has 27 Million Subscribers
via YouTube Star Plays Videogames, Earns $4 Million a Year – WSJ.
Android launchers are a curious market. From the US tech POV, they seem very niche but the ability to create something that can scale distribution in a broad market and control so much user attention is something to keep an eye on.
EverythingMe‘s contextual launcher aims to customize your Android home screen so that you get exactly what you need every time you switch on your phone. It’s the results of years of work on mobile discovery. And today, the app is available globally.
via EverythingMe Releases Its Contextual Launcher Globally | TechCrunch.
Both digital publishers and advertisers are trying to come up with a more accurate way of measuring the value of a reader than just raw pageviews or uniques. Upworthy says its “attention minutes” metric is better, and it has opened up the code for anyone to use
via Is time spent a better metric than pageviews? Upworthy says it is, and open-sources its code for attention minutes — Tech News and Analysis.
Foursquare Labs Inc. said it would begin charging some businesses for access to its database of restaurants, shops and other local venues, as it tries to make money from information it has gathered from user “check-ins” in the five years since its founding.The New York startup is negotiating with the heaviest users of its data to pay fees or offer services in return, Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Glueck said. Deals will be reached on an ad-hoc basis with each developer and will affect under 1% of the 63,000…
via Foursquare to Begin Charging Fees – WSJ.
Adblock Plus says Facebook offers users a way to opt out of tracking, but deems it ‘predictably contentious’, circuitous and temporary by design. For those looking to block Facebook from peering into their Web browsing habits, it offers a simple and permanent alternative, Adblock Plus says.“Facebook’s blatant move against fair-minded Internet users simply cannot be tolerated so we’re trying to make sure users of Adblock Plus who also might be a Facebook user understand how to block the tracking efforts of this behemoth,” said Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus.
via Adblock Plus now blocks Facebook’s extended tracking efforts.
A few months ago online ad company OpenX had been out trying to fundraise, according to two industry sources.
via OpenX Fundraising – Business Insider.
This is exactly the reason why Microsoft felt it could catch up in the mobile OS space by subsidizing app development at the head of the curve.
An Upper Limit For Apps? New Data Suggests Consumers Only Use Around Two Dozen Apps Per Month | TechCrunch.