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It may sound perverse, but releasing WinJS as open-source software that works on rival browsers could help Microsoft get more apps on Windows.
Developers writing apps using the Cordova software foundation now can reach Mozilla's browser-based operating system as well as Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry OS.
The company will now allow Web app developers to port their HTML5 programs directly to its Appstore.
A start-up hoping to capitalize on the arrival of Web applications is releasing a major update to its tools for building those apps.
Google releases the first developer version of its Native Client software to give Web apps the speed of native apps. It wants programmers to try it out, and Adobe looks interested.
Web SQL Database, which enabled Web apps to store data while offline, meets its official demise as a formal standard.
Web programmers who want to span multiple mobile browsers can with Sencha Touch 1.0, available today for free. It's WebKit-only for now, though.
Australians can now use any PayPal smartphone app to order and pay ahead of time at restaurants and cafes around the country.
In a bid to dominate the physical retail experience, PayPal unveils a Bluetooth communicator that takes in-store payments hands-free.