FORTUNE -- How badly do developers want to write software for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Mac App Stores? Here's one measure: In 2008 it took 61 days for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference to sell out. On Thursday, roughly 5,000 tickets for WWDC 2013 went on sale at 1 p.m. EST. Ninety seconds later, they were all gone.
It's hard to show something like that in a chart. I had to use a log scale.
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By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
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In a research paper by Dr. James L. McQuivey, Forrester lays out some interesting claims for Google's TV platform.
GoogleTV wowed the audience at Google I/O this year bringing together some of the consumer industry's heavyweights behind a platform that seemed to offer a new spin on the TV.
A month later at the Wall St. Journal's D8, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs panned the idea of the GoogleTV as the next set-top MORESeth Weintraub - Jun 14, 2010 1:53 PM ET
A video love song to iPad developers (and a warning to anybody considering Android)
Here's something that will either warm your heart or make you gag, depending how you feel about Apple's (AAPL) penchant for self-congratulatory schmaltz.
It's a five-minute video shot, we presume, for the edification of the attendees at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference. It features a parade of high-profile, highly successful developers -- Callaway's Nicholas Callaway, Bottle Rocket's Calvin MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2010 6:32 AM ET
5,000 Apple developers have descended on San Francisco to get this year's marching orders
In sheer numbers -- and security measures -- Apple's WWDC 2010 can't compete with "Israel in the Gardens," the annual festival for Bay Area Jews that stationed metal-detecting guards at every entrance of San Francisco's lovely Yerba Buena Gardens Sunday and drew a crowd of nearly 20,000.
But in the world of Apple (AAPL), the Worldwide Developers Conference MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 6, 2010 8:42 PM ET
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