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Submission + - Secret to Building an App Empire? Copy other successful apps! (fourhourworkweek.com)

edmicman writes: Tim Ferriss' blog features an article titled "How to Build an App Empire: Can You Create The Next Instagram?" by serial mobile app creator Chad Mureta. Essentially the secret is not creating a brand new innovative idea — it's taking what's topping the charts already in the App Store and mimicking those apps, sometimes adding your own twist. Sign me up for a 7-figure income!
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Submission + - Google Introduces True Facebook Alternative (nytimes.com)

edmicman writes:

Google took its biggest leap yet onto Facebook’s turf on Tuesday, introducing a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look very much like Facebook.

Do people really use Google and Facebook for the same things?

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Submission + - Facebook Launches Open Compute Project (techcrunch.com)

edmicman writes: "From the article:
"Facebook is opening up the specifications and design documents that went into creating their customized servers and datacenters. According to Facebook, these are much more efficient than the industry standards out there right now — especially if you’re specifically building social applications. In fact, Facebook says their servers are 38 percent more efficient than the off-the-shelf ones they were buying previously. And that has meant a 24 percent cost savings.""

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