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Apple Pulling High-Grossing Subscription Apps With Scammy Offers Off The App Store

Apple is systematically combing through the App Store’s subscription apps looking for potentially confusing terms of service and pulling apps that look problematic, according to multiple mobile app developers. The problem? Scammy subscription apps charging users hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I broke the story earlier this month and TechCrunch added more fuel to the fire

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Apple Pulls Scammy App Making Up To $14.3M/Year, Questions Remain

Apple pulled Scanner App from the App Store today in response to complaints that it was tricking users into expensive subscriptions. The app was reportedly making almost $15 million each year, according to SensorTower data, in spite of the fact that its functionality — scanning QR codes — is freely available from multiple places, including

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The ‘No BS’ mobile attribution webinar: 27 questions answered (plus yours!)

You’ve heard about mobile attribution. You’ve wondered about mobile attribution. Maybe you even use mobile attribution. But you still have questions. Like: Why? Or: Who needs that? And: Aren’t all mobile attribution solutions basically the same? We get it. It can be confusing, and it can seem pretty detailed and technical sometimes. That’s why we’re

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The Motiv Smart Ring Is The Perfect Casual Fitness Tracker … And An Even Better Sleep Tracker

I have an Apple Watch. I love my Apple Watch, and I’m religious about “closing my rings” and ensuring that I hit my move, exercise, and stand goals as many days as possible. But I can’t sleep with a watch on my wrist. Enter the Motiv smart ring. Get the full story in my post at Forbes

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App Scams: Sneaky ‘Utility’ Apps Are Stealing $260, $2500, or even $4700 Each Year … Per User

An obscure app that reads bar codes is scamming hundreds of App Store users by automatically initiating an expensive $156 per year subscription. And there are dozens more like it, with some charging users thousands of dollars each month for extremely minimal functionality. App scams are nothing new. Last summer Apple deleted an app scamming $80,000/month from iOS

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Grow faster: How ‘Dual Integration’ unlocks vastly more value than vanilla mobile attribution

Peanut butter is just peanut butter. And chocolate is just chocolate. But if you have the creativity and insight to combine them, you create a magical mystery confection that makes your mouth cry out for joy and high-five your stomach. You get, perhaps, dual integration. Imagine the peanut butter is marketing campaign data. Imagine the chocolate is

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