Zynga’s Dyer invites developers to be publishing partners

Rob Dyer is having his coming out party today. He joined social gaming giant Zynga in October as head of partner publishing, and now he finally gets to tell the world what he’s been doing. Dyer is the man who must convince external game developers to publish their games on Zynga’s newly announced platform for social gaming. Games published on the platform will run on both Zynga.com and Facebook, enabling smaller game developers to reach Zynga’s audience of 246 million monthly active users.

At home in Singapore with Smaato and mobile advertising

Times are truly exciting. Since I co-founded Smaato back in 2005, our journey providing “Ads for Apps and Mobile Websites” has seen us grow from our original home in Hamburg, Germany, to San Francisco, California and finally to Singapore. Our business now spans three continents and we are now truly at home in Asia…

Mozilla and Yahoo over-promise on mobile

Mozilla unveiled a plan last week to build a better mobile platform, attempting to leverage its expertise in Web browsers to compete with Android’s and iOS’ giant 77% market share. The program, dubbed “Boot to Gecko” and announced at the big Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, promises developers a new way to deploy applications to mobile using their existing Web-development skills. In essence, Mozilla is looking to make mobile app development more accessible to existing Web developers. Similarly, Yahoo announced its Web-standards based application platform called “Yahoo Cocktails.”

Apple switches from Google to OpenStreetMap in new iPhoto…but forgets to give credit

As we reported recently, since Google raised the price to access its maps API, a lot of companies have switched to OpenStreetMap when adding geo-data into their services. Now it seems like Apple has joined the club, using OSM in the new iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. But as intrepid blogger Alistair Aitchison points out, Apple didn’t bother to credit the creators of these maps, and is using two-year-old, out-of-date information.