Why Foursquare doesn't owe its success to the iPhone

Location-based check-in service Foursquare saw a massive amount of success, both globally and in the United States, because it focused on multiple mobile platforms rather than a single one like Apple’s iPhone operating system or Google’s Android, according to Foursquare executive Holger Luedorf.

7 new experts who will share their app secrets at DiscoveryBeat 2010

We’re entering the home stretch in preparations for DiscoveryBeat 2010, our conference about how to get apps noticed. DiscoveryBeat 2010 is an event focused on the secret recipes for application discovery and monetization. Our newest speakers represent vital parts of the ecosystem, from investors to app creators and experts who cover the space. Due to its success in 2009, the conference has expanded to a full-day event and will be held on October 18 at The Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Get your tickets here.

Angry Birds sells 6.5M units on iPhone and flies to new smartphones

The creators of smash hit game Angry Birds visited me yesterday, and they were all smiles. The two developers from Helsinki-based company Rovio have sold more than 6.5 million copies of the iPhone game on the App Store since December. And the free version of the game, which entices people to upgrade to the pay version, has been downloaded more than 11 million times in 60 countries.

DiscoveryBeat: Zynga's tips for social gaming success

Bill Mooney, general manager of Zynga’s insanely popular social game FarmVille, offered his advice for social game developers today at VentureBeat’s DiscoveryBeat 2009 event in San Francisco. Speed seemed to be the theme uniting his different ideas. The social game industry is changing quickly and unpredictably, he said, and companies need to keep up.