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Happy Friday!Outside of our window, Apple’s flagship store in downtown Palo Alto has a line around the block with consumers eagerly waiting for the new iPhone 4S equipped with iOS 5 software. As we mentioned last week, iOS 5 is a major upgrade in Apple’s mobile operating system that complements the new hardware release, and we have scoured the web for an exhaustive review of the new features and how they will impact you. Next, check out some tips on how to better monetize your mobile apps as app store competition continues to heat up and developers need to do everything they can to stay relevant. The founders of GameYawp walk us through the positives and negatives of developing with HTML5 and talk through their new game, Zombie Typomaniac. Blackberry puts another hole in a sinking ship as they struggle to get their Rim email servers up and running for days. Lastly, the long–awaited Facebook native iPad app was released earlier this week, leveraging the larger screen by highlighting photos and videos beautifully.
TJ Nahigian – Associate at Accel Partners - @tjnahigian
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What You Need to Read This Week
Apple iOS 5
By Dan Moren, Macworld.com
An exhaustive review of all the features on iOS 5: make sure you’re taking full advantage!
By Hillel Fuld, inneractive, via GigaOM
A great overview on ways to continue monetizing your mobile apps, some fantastic points in this piece.
By Devindra Hardawar, VentureBeat
Staggering numbers coming out of Google today: 190M Android devices activated adding close to 600,000 new devices activated daily. Android certainly played a part in Google’s “gangbuster” third-quarter earnings well surpassing Wall Street analyst estimates.
By Stan Byme, HTML5
Great tidbits and insights on developing games for HTML5.
By Lance Ulanoff, Mashable
A core switch failure created a backlog of messages in Europe that impacted other geographies.
By JP Mangalindan, CNN
If you have an iPad, it’s time to download the long awaited Facebook app. While there are still a few bugs, overall we think it is a major step forward in how consumers will engage with social media.