Android alarms set to improve as Google buys Timely maker Bitspin

Google(s goog) has bought a small Swiss app developer called Bitspin, known for its Timely alarm clock app. Timely has a neat gesture-based user interface, a “Smart Rise” mode that gently introduces the alarm sound ahead of time in order to wake the user from a deep sleep, and the ability to synchronize alarms between devices. The Zurich-based outfit said in a weekend post that the app would “continue to work as it always has,” but I daresay we’ll also see the stock Android alarm get a bit smarter soon.

Will Netflix get boxed out overseas?

Netflix talked confidently in its second quarter letter to shareholders this week of its ability to compete with Amazon-owned LoveFilm and BSkyB’s recently launched Now TV services in the U.K. But the same earnings report was bracketed by a pair of announcements that could raise that bar higher than Netflix is anticipating.

Facebook apps need their own sites

Social games and app developers got a bit of a shock when Facebook snuck out some Platform Policy changes. So what can an app developer do to get the most out of Facebook and insulate itself as much as possible from Facebook changes? Build its own site.