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GM, Ford invite software developers' ideas

8:08 PM, Feb. 3, 2013
Chevrolet MyLink Program Manager Kathy McMahon sits next to the General Motors flexible app framework that will be featured on a variety of 2014 models allowing customers to add apps, and enable the creation of new apps that utilize data from the vehicle.
Chevrolet MyLink Program Manager Kathy McMahon sits next to the General Motors flexible app framework that will be featured on a variety of 2014 models allowing customers to add apps, and enable the creation of new apps that utilize data from the vehicle.
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General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. took a page out of Apple's book, or smartphone, when at this year's Consumer Electronics Show they invited outside software developers to create applications for their vehicles.

How this generates revenue is not yet clear. For Apple, third-party apps are a significant source of profits.

The consumer electronics giant keeps 30 percent of app sales and gives 70 percent back to developers. Apple has booked $5 billion in revenue since launching the App Store in 2008. ...

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