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MobileX Labs announces $1.5M in funding to 'democratize' app stores

Chicago’s MobileX Labs says it is bringing low-cost democracy to the app store. The company just announced $1.5 million in seed funding to move the needle forward as it launches a beta of MXL Build, a DIY development environment that requires no coding experience. Mobile application targets include both iOS and Android.

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Boxer acquihires Android app startup Enhanced Email

Gesture-based email startup Boxer announced today that it has acquired Enhanced Email, an Android email client that provides more polish and functionality than the standard email application that’s built into the Android operating system.

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Apps want to be free, and we love ads (report)

In 2011, 80 percent of apps were free. Today, 90 percent of apps are free, with monetization provided via good old we-gather-an-audience-and-sell-its-attention strategy that has worked since the dawn of modern media.