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PlayPhone Partners With Sprint for Preloaded Social Games Store

PlayPhone has partnered with Sprint to preload its social games store on some of the U.S. carrier’s new devices. Sprint is the fourth such carrier to partner with PlayPhone, after Verizon, AT&T and Claro Brazil. Games in the store, which must integrate PlayPhone’s SDK, let players quickly connect with gamer friends via a built-in menu, and support direct carrier billing if the developer so chooses. The visibility of a preloaded store means better discovery for participating developers, PlayPhone says, and carriers like having alternatives to the two juggernaut mobile app stores, Apple’s and Google’s.

After Spat Over Apps and Privacy, Bitdefender and Airpush (Mostly) Hug It Out

A privacy warning over some Android apps appears to have been a misunderstanding.
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Put on Your Game Face: Everyplay Adds Face-Recording to Its Mobile Gamecasting Tool Kit

A clever marriage of gamecasting technology with phones’ front-facing cameras.
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Playing to the Crowd: Gamecasting Goes Mainstream

Video games have always been social, but now they’re getting hooked up to the social Web.
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Aviary Brings Photo-Editing Tools to Windows 8 Developers

Good news for Windows software enthusiasts could spell good news for Microsoft, too.
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Automakers Open Their In-Car Platforms: First Up, Ford, and Soon, GM

It’s not just Pandora in your car anymore.
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Kamcord Gets Backing From Top Investors to Record Mobile Game Play

Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Tencent are just three of the investors backing a small San Francisco start-up called Kamcord.
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All I Want for Christmas Is My Apple TV

It’s all about the apps.
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Going the Extra Mile Now that Google Maps Have Returned to iOS

Some complaints about Google’s new iOS Maps app are simply out of its control.
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RIM’s BlackBerry 10 SDK Goes Gold

Research In Motion has passed another important milestone on the way to debuting BlackBerry 10. On Tuesday morning, the company released the gold version of the developer toolkit for its next-generation mobile platform. This final build includes all the tools and components devs need to prep their apps for BlackBerry 10’s scheduled release early next year.

Adobe: We’ll Be Fine Without Apple

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