NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down. “Yesterday (September 29) Google announced it would be ‘winding down’ its cloud-based gaming service Stadia, but several developers have now revealed they were not told about the closure in advance – despite having games due out on the service.” Wow, that’s almost a Twitter-level disregard for third-party developers.

“An Intense Hobby”: Meet the People Making New Retro Games (How-To Geek)

How-To Geek: “An Intense Hobby”: Meet the People Making New Retro Games. “It’s easy to think that consoles like the original NES, Sega Mega Drive, or even the Atari are nothing more than museum pieces, mere footnotes in video gaming history. However, there’s plenty of interest in retro gaming: And people are even making new games for these old consoles. Nowhere was this clearer than at Gamescom 2022 in Cologne, Germany, where a decent-sized section of a massive hall was dedicated to retro gaming.”

TechCrunch: Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost

TechCrunch: Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost. “Reddit is announcing today that it will open up a waitlist for developers who want to build software for the platform using a new toolkit from the company. The company plans to pair the new toolkit with a directory of third-party software extensions that moderators and Redditors alike can browse from to craft a custom Reddit experience. The new portal will offer tools and other resources to empower devs to build software extensions to enhance the social network’s existing experience.”

Google Blog: Sign up today for Code Jam’s 2022 competitions

Google Blog: Sign up today for Code Jam’s 2022 competitions. “Google’s longest-running coding competition, Code Jam, is back for its 19th season. Code Jam to I/O for Women is also returning for a ninth year, bringing together women programmers from around the world. In both competitions, developers tackle algorithmic challenges designed by Google engineers — all while building their network, sharpening their coding skills and even winning some prizes.”

Independent: Developer sabotages own code to break thousands of apps in protest against world’s biggest companies

Independent: Developer sabotages own code to break thousands of apps in protest against world’s biggest companies. “Marak Squires, a coder from New York, seemingly purposefully corrupted two open-source libraries called ‘faker.js’ and ‘colors.js’. The former receives 2.8 million weekly downloads from GitHub and supports 2,500 projects, while the latter is downloaded 20 million times per week and supports 19,000 projects.”

The Verge: Twitter Makes Big Changes For Devs As It Eyes Decentralized Future

The Verge: Twitter Makes Big Changes For Devs As It Eyes Decentralized Future. “Twitter has announced that the second version of its application programming interface, or API, is ready to come out of early access and become the default for developers. When Twitter announced API v2 in August 2020, it seemed like a chance to rebuild not only the infrastructure on which developers build their apps and bots, but Twitter’s relationship with the people using its platform as well.”

CNET: Google cuts subscription-based service fees for Play Store apps in half

CNET: Google cuts subscription-based service fees for Play Store apps in half . “Effective Jan. 1, Google is decreasing the service fee it collects from subscription-based apps in the Play Store from 30% to 15%, the company announced Thursday via its blog for Android developers. The new rate will be effective for all apps on day one, the announcement reads — that’s a change from the current structure, which requires subscription-based apps to retain their customers for a year in order to enjoy a lower rate.”

Bleeping Computer: Google expects delays in enforcing 2FA for Chrome extension devs

Bleeping Computer: Google expects delays in enforcing 2FA for Chrome extension devs. “Google says that enforcing two-step verification on Google accounts of Chrome Web Store developers will take longer than expected. As first announced in June, Google will require all Chrome extension developers to enable 2-Step Verification (aka 2FA, dual-factor authentication, or 2SV) to publish or update their extensions after August 2nd.”