Morning Coffee Mar 03 2011

The Other Apple News That's Great for Developers

By john shinal

While the biggest news from Apple yesterday was the return of Steve Jobs and the unveiling of the new iPad 2 features, another Apple fact may be of more interest to independent software developers.

Jobs said during his speech that the company has now paid out more than $2 billion to developers who've sold apps through its online store. The figure is impressive on its face, but even more so given that the number was only half that last July. In other words, while it took two years for developers to earn their first $1 billion from sales of iPhone and iPad apps, it took just eight months for them to pocket the next $1 billion.

That kind of market acceleration is likely to continue as long as Apple keeps selling more of the mobile devices. For app developers tempted by rival mobile platforms such as Google's Android, Jobs just provided a strong incentive to stick with Apple. (GigaOM)

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Anti-Poaching, Microsoft Style (AllThingsD)

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The U.K. government has raised the minimum salary that must be paid to foreign guest workers, a change that will lead to higher pay for many IT workers there.

Top Clean Tech Companies (WSJ)

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Malware Hits Android Marketplace (Wired)

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