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Microsoft has named Gurdeep Singh Pall to replace the departing Mark Gillett as corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync communications product. Gillett, who took a job as head of value creation at private equity firm Silver Lake, had been responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations worldwide, duties that will now fall to Pall. An experienced engineer, Pall was most recently CVP of Information Platform & Experience in Microsoft’s new Applications and Services division. Before that, he was CVP of the Office Lync & Speech group.
LinkedIn on Monday updated its iOS and Android applications, allowing users to directly apply for jobs listed on the network via their phone. After searching for job listings on the site, LinkedIn’s new feature takes information from a user’s profile and uses it to auto-complete a job application (though only for those listings that do not redirect users to a third-party application site hosted by the company). The new feature will roll out globally to all English-speaking LinkedIn users immediately.
Facebook announced a small “acqhire” on Tuesday afternoon, bringing aboard the team members behind Spaceport.io, a startup focused on giving developers tools to bring Web-based applications to mobile devices. “Ben Savage and the Spaceport team are a talented group of mobile engineers. We look forward to building products that people love together,” Facebook said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Facebook will not acquire the Spaceport technology — just the team.
News Byteaccording to a year-end report published by Distimo, an analytics provider from the Netherlands. Apple, which has a half-dozen apps, earned an average of $7.43 per paid download, the report found, whereas Google made zero from its catalog of 60. In the case of Google, downloads included apps that were preinstalled on the handset.