Few enterprises are ready for the app economy’s data explosion

In the new app economy, organizations no longer own all the data they need to make accurate business decisions. This loss of control requires data marketplaces and data syndication models that few enterprises are currently prepared for. Apigee’s Anant Jhingran looks at three important steps that companies need to take to succeed in the app economy.

Dorsey dangles the Apple carrot for Twitter devs

How do you make amends with a development community after taking away some of their tools and rendering at least a few of their products unusable? Try offering them the keys to a much bigger kingdom, for starters: namely, the sizeable pool of iOS device owners.

Project Runway brings fan voting to Twitter

Project Runway viewers are already big social media users, sharing thoughts about the show while watching it live. So why not use Twitter as a way for fans to vote for their favorite contestant. That was the thinking behind Project Runway‘s Fan Favorite contest.

Microsoft Kinect SDK set to advance user interfaces

Microsoft’s Kinect is clearly a top seller for games, but early hacks show it to be a device capable of far more beyond interactive gaming. Microsoft agrees, today releasing an official software development kit that could be used to further bridge the physical and computing worlds.

Today in Cleantech

Here’s an interesting development in opening the smart grid world to open applications development. Echelon, the San Jose, Calif.-based company that has launched a line of smart grid devices that it wants third parties to build applications for, has announced that its new Edge Control Node (ECN) system is now compatible with Verizon’s 3G wireless network. Echelon makes smart meters and building control systems that use powerline carrier communications technology, but in a smart grid world that’s demanding wireless options, opening its platform to multiple communications options is a good idea. Will that expanded communications capability lure more third-party developers to work on apps to run over Echelon’s “edge” devices? So far, the only announced customer of Echelon’s ECN products is Duke Energy, which has named Verizon as a key smart grid partner. Opening the smart grid to developers in the way that Android has opened the world of cellphones is an interesting but untested proposition for an industry that’s run according to utility rules that place reliability first, second and third on its list of priorities. Echelon and others working on open application development for the smart grid, such as cellular smart meter expert SmartSynch and apps partner Qualcomm, will need to prove reliability for any new apps to find their place on the grid itself.

As Twitter Develops, Developers Quiver in Fear

The biggest web-related news by far this week was a lovers’ quarrel. But it wasn’t two people fighting, it was a company and its developer community. The company was Twitter, and the battle was over the future of the Twitter “ecosystem,” the stable of third-party applications and related services that have grown up around the company since it was founded in 2006. The tiff is in many ways a replay of tensions in developer vs. company relationships that have ebbed and flowed virtually since Silicon Valley began, and regardless of the outcome, it could give some app developers a hard lesson in navigating this relationship.