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Posts tagged with Platforms

Lady Gaga-backed Backplane raises funding, goes on shopping spree

Facebook may be the world's dominant social network, but a number of high-profile investors are betting that there's room for platform players in the space.

Backplane describes itself as a "start-up uniting people around interests, affinities and movements", but it's best-known for running Lady Gaga's LittleMonsters.com, which is in private beta.


I fought Facebook, and Facebook won

How can you make the most of the power of platform economics to drive success? Learn what to look for in a platform. 

Last month, I wrote about my unfortunate experience with Facebook, which took it upon itself to broadcast my entire Spotify listening experience to the world, seemingly without my knowledge or permission.

This aggravated me to the point of proclaiming, quite publicly, that I was going to “commit Facebook suicide” and end my relationship with the social media behemoth. It turns out that is easier said than done.


Spotify wants to become the Facebook of music

One of Facebook's biggest assets is the open platform it has built which enables developers to build apps that Facebook users can install and use while logged in to the social network.

Today, that platform not only helps Facebook generate billions in revenue, it has served as the foundation for other billion-dollar businesses, like social gaming giant Zynga.

So it's no surprise that another prominent consumer internet upstart, Spotify, is looking to Facebook and launching its own platform.

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Google applies limits and fees to the Maps API

The Google Maps API is probably one of the most popular APIs out there, and it's not hard to understand why. There are countless applications to which mapping functionality can be applied.

For developers and businesses looking for powerful mapping functionality, the free Google Maps API has been a godsend. But earlier this year, Google announced that it would be implementing usage limits for the Maps API, and on Wednesday, it followed through.


Mozilla's WebAPI: one mobile API to rule them all

Will the future of mobile apps be controlled by native apps, or web apps? Or will both share the spotlight?

Today, there's little doubt that native apps are winning the hearts and minds of consumers and developers alike. And for good reason: if you want a great experience that takes full advantage of the capabilities of today's most advanced mobile phones, you need a native app.

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Are cracks already showing in Google+?

Google+ may represent the biggest threat Facebook has ever faced since it launched more than half a decade ago. But is Google's new social network, which may be off to the fastest start ever for a social network, already buckling underneath the surface?

Despite the fact that Google may have finally built a social network capable of competing in the market, cracks are showing which raise doubts about Google+'s future prospects.


Zynga IPO filing: breaking all the rules, and winning because of it

The IPO market is alive! From Yandex to LinkedIn, some of the most prominent consumer internet companies in recent memory have gone public recently, and more are on the way.

One of the most intriguing filed to go public late last week. Zynga, the social gaming juggernaut which is responsible for modern-day hits like Farmville, plans to raise $1bn.


How UK e-commerce sites have changed in the past five years

2006. Daniel Craig’s first James Bond film was released, Steve Irwin died, Italy won the World Cup and “It’s Chico Time” reached number one in the charts: A mixed year. 

But what was happening online, and more specifically, in online retail? In celebration of Econsultancy’s fifth E-commerce Platforms Buyer's Guide, we’ve gone back five years to look at the top UK retail sites as they were then... and how they shape up now. 


Can an app developer build its own Twitter?

Twitter may be one of the most popular platforms on which developers and entrepreneurs are building applications, but in 2011, its relationship with developers has changed dramatically.

Last month, Twitter told developers that it should focus on developing tools that don't play a role in the core user experience for consumers. For the companies behind some of the most popular third party clients, the message was clear: thanks, but your services are no longer needed.

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Barnes & Noble opens the NOOK to developers

Barnes & Noble has high hopes for its new e-book reader, the NOOK Color. Described by some as half e-reader, half-tablet, the $250 device, which runs on Google's Android operating system, has been sold an estimated 3m times since its debut last November.

Now, B&N is eager to develop a strong developer ecosystem. The retailer has launched a NOOK SDK 1.0 and a shiny new NOOK Developer website which invites developers to "change the future of reading" with B&N.


eBay diversifies even further with big GSI Commerce buy

The eBay brand is synonymous with online auctions, but over the years, eBay's business has expanded well beyond those auctions.

The company's crown jewel -- PayPal -- was purchased in 2002 for $1.5bn, and the online payment provider now accounts for more than a third of eBay's revenue. eBay's portfolio also includes comparison shopping site Shopping.com, financing service BillMeLater and rental classifieds site Rent.com.


Twitter to client developers: thanks, but your services are no longer needed

The rise of social media has been a boon for developers. Thanks to open platforms and APIs created by companies like Facebook and Twitter, developers have been able to help grow, and at the same time piggyback on, the success of some of the internet's most popular online properties.

But is the marriage between these properties and developers destined to come to a messy end?

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