Salesforce Rejiggers Enterprise Apps Partner Plan


Salesforce on Tuesday launched the AppExchange Partner Program, or APP, for developers, independent software vendors and startups, as a replacement for its current ISV Partner Program. The APP will cost much less. Its baseline percent-net-revenue model for all new APP partners has been slashed from 25 percent to 15 percent. Current partners will be eligible for the new PNR terms on contract renewal. Partner tiers will be eliminated. The APP provides enablement and support based on the partner’s AppExchange Trailblazer Score, a new point-based system.

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Hackers can now take over the MacBook Pro Touch Bar

With root access on MacOS thanks to a bug in Safari, two independent hackers have managed to take control of a MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, adding a custom message as a bit of hacker flair.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/03/16/hackers-can-now-take-over-macbook-pro-touch-bar.html

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Tim Cook believes that augmented reality could be as big as the smartphone

In an interview with The Independent during his visit to the U.K. this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook likened the emerging technology to the very established and ubiquitous technology of the smartphone.

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Facebook revamps ad metrics, apologizes for latest errors

Facebook says it will work with independent measurement companies like Nielsen and comScore to review more of its metrics after it uncovered new problems with the data it provides to advertisers and publishers that use its network.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/16/facebook-revamps-ad-metrics-apologizes-for-latest-errors.html

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Coping With Software Licensing Challenges in the Cloud


A majority of independent software vendors were dealing with an escalating assortment of organizational issues monitoring and monetizing their software capabilities, according to a survey of ISV executives, which Vanson Bourne conducted last year on behalf of Gemalto. As many of those ISVs move to the cloud and Software as a Service delivery models, they face even greater obstacles achieving their business objectives. Corporations and consumers alike no longer are interested in acquiring on-premises or even downloaded software.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84087.html?rss=1

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Amazon Flexes Its Muscles in Crowdsourced Delivery Space


Amazon has entered the on-demand delivery space in its hometown of Seattle, where independent workers are delivering orders within two hours or less. Under its new Amazon Flex program, the company pays workers between $18 and $25 per hour to deliver packages to Prime Now customers, said company spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman. The service is available only in Seattle for now, but Amazon plans to expand it to nine additional U.S. Cities: New York, Baltimore, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Portland.

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PayPal Flies Solo on Nasdaq


PayPal on Monday returned to the Nasdaq independent of eBay. PayPal debuted at a market value 1.4 times its former parent — $46.6 billion — while eBay’s capitalization shrunk to $34 billion. The companies agreed to split in September due to market pressures and some nudging by corporate raider turned shareholder value advocate Carl Icahn. Although analysts are picking PayPal as the clear winner, eBay was sanguine about the divide. “Both standalone companies are well positioned for success,” said eBay spokesperson Abby Smith.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82294.html?rss=1

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Independent UK businesses quickly jump on board with Apple Pay

Some independent retailers and app developers in the U.K. are reportedly already adopting Apple Pay, just days after the service became available in the region.

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How Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library work with iTunes Match

On its website Apple describes Apple Music and iTunes Match as “independent but complementary,” but in fact the services are closely connected through a third feature: iCloud Music Library.

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Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

Apple Music’s pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service’s financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.



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British indie labels object to Apple Music's terms, may withhold artists like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys

Independent music labels in the UK are reportedly loath to agree to Apple’s demand that they receive no royalties for songs played during Apple Music’s three-month free trial period, a sticking point that could leave the new streaming service missing some major artists at launch.



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Apple is making the Watch better by making it even more realtime

Apple is set to introduce two new features in the second generation of watchOS –?internet connectivity independent of the iPhone and push-capable complications –?that promise to make the company’s first wearable an even better companion.



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Business analyst, Verizon insist you don’t want unlimited data

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Verizon has trotted out a talking head (as an independent opinion, natch) to claim that no, people don’t really want unlimited data. Otherwise, Verizon might have to upgrade its network.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/203287-business-analyst-verizon-insist-you-dont-want-unlimited-data

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'The Order: 1886' leaps into the world of blockbuster video games

Independent video game studio Ready at Dawn is well-known for its titles played on handheld devices such as Sony’s PSP, but the game developer is now jumping into the Hollywood-esque blockbuster world of console titles with Friday’s release of “The Order: 1886.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/02/20/order-1886-leaps-into-world-blockbuster-video-games/

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Apple closing independent TestFlight service at the end of February

Developers still using the old, independent TestFlight service for beta testing iOS apps now have one month to migrate to the new iTunes Connect-based offering, as the company announced on Monday that it would shutter TestFlightApp.com on Feb. 26.



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Fair Labor Association supplier audit reveals excessive overtime, Apple pledges to continue improvement

As part of its partnership with Apple, the Fair Labor Association has conducted an independent audit of supplier Quanta, and discovered that the company’s factories were responsible for some labor violations, including excessive overtime and hiring fees.



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