Zynga beats earnings estimates for its first-ever quarterly report as a public company
Zynga reported a modest profit for the fourth-quarter in its first-ever quarter financial report today.
The non-GAAP earnings per share were five cents, or $37.1 million, for the quarter. The largest publisher of social games on Facebook was expected to report a profit of 3 cents a share, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
Download bots were the “well-known secret” of the app ecosystem
It’s remarkable how widely-known the phenomenon of fraudulent download bots was throughout the iOS developer community. Essentially, bots or automated programs have been used for well over a year to download apps until they reach the top of the charts where they can be seen by real users.
Most every large player knew about them, but I could never definitively prove their existence because most developers clammed up or said they would never touch the stuff. In the interest of self-preservation, many suspected bot marketing companies also never responded to any of my inquiries over the last several months.
Anonymous Hackers target Nasdaq website
Websites of exchange operators Nasdaq and BATS have been attacked by hackers over the last 24 hours, causing ongoing disruptions for those trying to use the sites. Sites was down because of distributed denial-of-service attack from a group of Anonymous hackers.
Kindle Touch breakthrough: Startup debuts handwriting recognition in puzzle book
Puzzle technology startup Puzzazz is giving Amazon’s Kindle Touch a capability that even Amazon didn’t envision — letting users input numbers and letters by writing them naturally with a finger on the screen, rather than tapping at the e-reader’s tiny on-screen keyboard
Apple Chief Unveils a New Product: Himself
When he was alive, Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s former chief executive, treated investors as if they were biohazards, rarely deigning to meet with them. The disdain was not mutual, as an Apple stock chart for the last 10 yearsshows.
Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s new chief, showed on Tuesday how he planned to do things differently from his predecessor. Mr. Cook, who long handled the investor relations chores Mr. Jobs avoided, spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference on a wide range of topics, all the while displaying a bit more personality than he has in public presentations in the past. His appearance amounted to his most extensive public comments since he became chief of Apple in August, just weeks before the death of Mr. Jobs.
Clear: Why This Simple To Do List App Has Everyone Talking
Clear, the heavily-anticipated touch-based to-do list app, is launching in the iTunes App Store tonight. And by heavily anticipated, I mean this app was getting tech blog coverage based on demos, previews and teaser videos.
iOS apps and the address book: who has your data, and how they’re getting it
Over the course of the past week, a firestorm has erupted in the world of iOS apps, thanks to the discovery that Path was uploading data from your iPhone’s address book without asking for explicit permission. Upon opening the app and registering, Path automatically uploaded your contact data in order to “find friends” that you might want to connect to. Path has since apologized and updated its app, but the problem exposed by the episode remains.