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INNOVATION ECONOMY

Entry is easy, but few prosper in app development

I started to feel like there might be a gold rush going on in the world of mobile apps when I went to get my car inspected last winter.

The guy pumping gas at the station, Brian Semiglia, told me that he was almost finished with an iPhone app designed to help drivers locate empty parking spaces. He’d already had some success selling a 99-cent iPhone app called Candyclock - essentially, an alarm clock with mesmerizing video backgrounds shown behind the time display.

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