Apple has announced that it has paid out a huge amount of money to developers in fiscal Q1 2014. The payout added up to $2 billion for the first quarter of 2014 alone. That is a record setting amount for Apple according to TechCrunch
In 2013, Apple paid out a total of $10 billion to developers. If the fast pace of Q1 holds out, Apple is on track to beat that number significantly in 2014. The rapid growth of the dev payouts is in part said to be thanks to the move to in-app payments by many games and apps.
The App Store reportedly gets 92% of its revenue from free apps with in-game purchases. Only 4% of the revenue comes from paid apps with another 4% from paid apps with in-app purchases. Android may be the more popular OS for smartphones but the App Store is still clearly the best place for devs to make money.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family plan to take an 8-day vacation to Italy next week.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he would be leaving next week on an 8-day family vacation to Italy with his wife, Chirlane, and their children, Chiara and Dante. Aside from a brief getaway as mayor-elect in Puerto Rico right after the 2013 general election, this marks the first time that Mayor de Blasio has taken exten ... Source: WPIX.com
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Pastor Maldonado is looking forward to a major power boost at Hockenheim next weekend.
The 2012 Spanish grand prix winner, who chose to race the number '13' this year and beyond, has had a dire campaign since switching from Williams to Lotus over the winter.
Along with Sauber and the backmarkers, the Venezuelan is yet to score a solitary point this year as the Enstone based team grapple with poor pace and reliability.
But things could be about to get better.
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Amazon's reputation for stellar customer service could become tarnished if its current flap with the FTC gets out of hand. The FTC is suing Amazon for permitting children to make millions of dollars in unauthorized purchases through its Appstore. Similar accusations have been circulating for years, and not only with respect to Amazon. Other companies, including Apple, have been targeted, said David Johnso ... Source: E-Commerce Times
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Lyft reverses under legal pressure, cancels Friday night New York launch — Attorney General insists NY Supreme Court issued injunction—but Lyft denies it. — Facing the weight of the New York Attorney General, Lyft now says it will delay ... Source: TechmemeFull article at: Techmeme19 minutes ago
MojoKid writes: "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with U.S. government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the U.S. government, but also for U.S.-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared th ... Source: AppleSlashdot
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Facing the weight of the New York Attorney General, Lyft now says it will delay its planned launch in the Big Apple on Friday evening. Earlier in the day, the Empire State’s prosecutor asked the New York Supreme Court to grant a temporary restraining order (TRO), hours before the company’s scheduled debut.
According to the Attorney General’s office, an injunction was issued on Friday—a fact that Lyft disputes.
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Now that Dr. Dre is richer than God and can buy any house he wants (with the exception of maybe Buckingham Palace), he’s selling his starter mansion, so some poor, regular rich bastard can buy it. Dre is moving to the palatial Brentwood estate he recently bought from Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, meaning his West Hollywood home is now officially on the market. The house, which ... Source: The A.V. Club
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Axelle Despiegelaere Model Contract Terminated
The cute Belgian Soccer fan that scored a modeling contract after her photo went viral. Now the contract has been terminated - likely because of the Safari hunting photo. Her Facebook page is also gone.