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Four short links: 24 July 2013

crowd applause, steep learning curve, Mike McCue, federal appeals court

Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebooks gigantic missed op ... -- This, the official launch of Facebook Platform, was a radical move. when Facebook became not just another Web 2.0 startup, but the Web 2.0 startup, one that others could lean on to spur their own growth, Facebook stopped being a wall and started being a platform. While its users are more active on mobile than they are on the desktop, and its mobile ad revenue is expected to top $2 billion in 2013 , the closest thing Facebook has to a mobile platform is its Home app launcher, which has been harshly reviewed . Weve designed Facebook Platform so that applications from third-party developers are on a level playing field with applications built by Facebook, the company said in an FAQ document circulated at the time of Platforms launch. By December of 2008, Facebook Platform had transformed from a virgin territory brimming with opportunity into a halfway house in which developers no longer had access to many parts of the platform that drew them there in the first place. [I]t will also signal if the company is at all serious about being a platform/operating system for the social graph, or if they just want to own everything of value on the Facebook platform

Groupon Updates Its Breadcrumb Payments App With Deal Redemptions, Offline Mode ... -- In May of this year, to raise its game against the likes of Square and PayPal, Groupon relaunched its Breadcrumb point-of-sale app originally conceived as a payments app for restaurants as a free payments app for all local merchants. They include the ability to take payments when youre offline, redeem Groupon deals, and customize the app to fit specific business categories, like beauty salons or cafes. The moves, Groupon hopes, will not only drive more transactions through Breadcrumb, but give Groupon one more way of upselling those merchants to other services like Groupons themselves. If you want to build an innovative business, as I was doing with Ditto, you have to have a terminal on the merchant side, because thats the only way you can really see what people are buying. A company like Foursquare can let you check into a merchant, but you dont really know what is getting bought in connection with that.

Flipboard Brings Its Mobile Magazines To The Web | TechCrunch -- Flipboard started on mobile devices, but the magazine app is moving to the web today with the launch of a new site. If you click on a Flipboard link that you see from a friend on Twitter, for example, youll now open a dynamic web page instead of being directed to the mobile app like you would had been before (ex: heres our TechCrunch Weekly magazine of our top stories, updated every Friday). Were trying to curate awesome content on any device, as optimized as possible.

U.S. court invalidates passport law on status of Jerusalem| Reuters -- The unanimous ruling by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the president - and not lawmakers - have sole authority to say who controls the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians.

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