Daily Roundup: Design Standards in Focus, App Costs Rising, Buy-Now Buttons Emerging

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Website Magazine's new Daily Roundup series features noteworthy developments from around the digital world that will be of interest to 'Net professionals and which may just have a positive impact on how you do your digital business each and every day.


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+ The U.S. Digital Services team has released a playbook for design standards, drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government, that will help anyone build more effective digital services - and it's truly worth an exploration for 'Net professionals.

+ Yottaa announced that its ContextIntelligence platform can help content-driven businesses defend against ad-blocking technologies that remove or alter advertising content.

+ The Fiksu Indexes for August 2015 have been released and app download volumes and market costs rising. The Cost per Loyal User Index, which measures the cost of acquiring a loyal user for brands who actively market their apps, rose to an all-time high of $4.04, representing a 36 percent increase month-over month and 117 percent rise year-over-year.

+ Neustar released findings from its latest DDoS Attacks and Protection report and the research reveals there is greater activity around targeted, smaller assaults aimed at distracting firms' IT departments while malware is installed to steal corporate data.

+ Opinionmeter announced the addition of business intelligence dashboard capabilities to its existing survey platform through a partnership with Dundas Data Visualization.

+ Marketing attribution software Visual IQ introduced an upgrade that will provide marketers with tools to measure the impact that each media channel and tactic has on brand engagement.

+ Both Shopify and Bigcommerce announced partnerships with Twitter that will allows merchants to sell products directly on the social platform through its "Buy Now" buttons.

+ PHP powerhouse Zend released a new version of Zend Studio this week that will enable developers to take advantage of new technologies including PHP7, Docker, EGit 4.0 and more.

+ Rackspace announced two new offerings focused on data security, protecting critical business processes and mitigating risks from potential cyberattacks and threats.

+ Cloud-based voice-of-customer (VOC) solution ForeSee released two new products (ForeSee Feedback and Sentiment Analytics) that will provide marketing and analytics teams greater autonomy and control in gathering and understanding their data.

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