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    Hi all, The past few days, I have been so happy, as I found so many good news articles to post. This time it is from the Wall St Journal.

    Take care, Jay

    March 15, 2010, 6:05 AM ET
    App Watch: Seeing Success on the Palm Pre
    Success stories about iPhone app developers are well documented, but one game maker says it has gotten better results in an unlikely place: Palm’s App Catalog for its Pre and Pixi smartphone devices.

    Palm, which has been trying to turn itself around, created a stir last month when it admitted that its phones weren’t selling as well as it had expected. Palm warned that its revenues for the year would be “well below” forecasts.

    But Redwood City, Calif.-based Self Aware Games say they liked Palm’s webOS software enough that they took a chance about a year ago and started developing poker and blackjack games like “Word Ace” and “Card Ace: Blackjack” for Palm devices first, closely followed by versions for the iPhone and Facebook.

    What makes Self Aware’s games different from many others is that the company added a social-networking element in which players can gift virtual drinks, chips or other items to each other. The games themselves are free and players can pay to buy the virtual items, which can cost between $1 to $100 for a large stack of chips.

    So far, the bet appears to be paying off. Self Aware says tens of thousands of people are registering to play its games every day, with the vast majority playing the games on Palm devices. The company says it is taking in about $50,000 a month in revenue from the sale of virtual goods.

    “The community is incredibly interactive,” says Colin Liotta, an M.I.T. graduate who co-founded Self Aware Games with a college housemate.

    Mr. Liotta says the iPhone version has also been well-received, but part of the problem has been that the App Store is overcrowded and it’s difficult to be noticed on it. His company’s iPhone apps, for example, have hit the top ten list for the word and card game category, but they haven’t been able to break into the top 50 overall. Compared to the iPhone App Store, which has over 140,000 apps, Palm has over 2,100.

    Mr. Liotta also believes that the functions that don’t exist on the iPhone but do exist on the Palm devices–like the keyboard input and multi-tasking–make the games more accessible.

    Palm’s recent warning may have caused concern among investors about its future viability, but Mr. Liotta is unfazed. “Whatever Palm’s results have been, our results have been spectacular,” he says.
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    Nice. I love to hear such good news.
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