2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming

And paid apps on both Android and iOS are falling deeper into obscurity.
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How Japan Is Winning in Mobile Games

Better than any other country, Japan’s mobile game makers have cracked the revenue code despite having few world-wide megahits. The secret: an industry that is constantly experimenting with new ways to master the psychology of mobile payments.

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Japan Overtakes U.S. in Apple/Google App Store Revenue

Japan is now the top country worldwide in revenue from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to a new report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.

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Twitter’s Alert Service Crosses the Pond

Twitter on Monday extended its Alerts service to users in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The program allows official government agencies and public emergency services to send out mobile push notification and text messages to followers on Twitter, in order to deliver relevant information in times of crisis. At launch, Twitter signed up 57 government agencies in the U.K. and Ireland.

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

What the top American machine lacks in raw power, it makes up for in efficiency.
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Apple Finds Surprising Growth Market in Japan

Japan isn’t most companies’ idea of a growth market. After two decades of economic malaise, it is saddled with a shrinking, aging population, and domestic firms that pride themselves on consumer electronics have kept foreign competitors at bay for decades.

PlayPhone Adds SingTel to Its Roster, Betting on “Not Yet Mature” Emerging Markets

And it’s a safe bet, too. Just don’t expect a whole lot of change overnight.
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Snapchat Is Mulling Another Huge Round at a $3.5 Billion Valuation

Yes, we know: Cray cray.
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DeNA West Promotes CFO Shintaro Asako to CEO as Clive Downie Resigns

Clive Downie has stepped down as CEO of DeNA West, according to a company press release. He will be replaced by current CFO Shintaro Asako. Downie assumed the leadership role nearly a year ago, after the resignation of Ngmoco founder Neil Young. DeNA, a social-mobile company based in Japan, acquired Ngmoco in 2010 in an attempt to make inroads with Western gamer audiences, but it has yet to find the same level of success that it has enjoyed in Japan.

Explaining What It’s Going to Do With All That Dough, Pinterest Unveils Stats on Strong Mobile and International Usage

Yes, you may say it out loud: Has Silicon Valley lost its mind?
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Twitter Debuts Emergency Alerts Service

Japan Is Getting a New Apple Store