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Roundup of developers and apps to help Japan

Japan relief
The developer community is stepping up its offers of help to disaster-struck Japan with increasing ways to send money to those in need. This is a round-up of offers we’ve heard about — let us know in comments of any others.
  • Simplest of all is the offer from Japanese startup Lunascape: download their free iPhone oriPad version of their tabbed web browser app and they’ll donate ¥50 (about US $0.63) up to a total of ¥5 million (about US $65,000 — in addition to the ¥1 million they’ve already given) for the Japanese Red Cross and other similar relief organisations.
  • Marketcircle are going to give 100% of all proceeds made from their professional time billing programs Billings 3 and Billings Touch to the Red Cross starting on Monday, March 21st, until the end of Wednesday, March 23rd.
  • Capcom have reduced the price of Street fighter IV to US $0.99 and are giving 100% of iPhone sales to relief efforts until Monday 21st march.
  • Real Software of Austin, Texas, are giving 5% of all sales of their web development tools next week to the American Red Cross’s Japan fund.
  • The Square Enix Group — maker of Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, and Space Invaders — is donating ¥100 million (about US $1.25 million) to recovery efforts.
  • Ohanaware, maker of Mac photo software such as HDRist Pro and Funtastic Photos, is selling all its software at half-price until Friday, March 25 with all profits going to the Red Cross for Japan relief.
  • Users of SmartRoam’s VoIP app for the iPhone ChatTime can make free calls to Japan until the end of March, which usually costs $15 a month. Users who have already called Japan since the earthquake began will have charges for those calls waived.
  • Devon Technologies, makers of data-management Mac software Devon Think and Devon Agent, will donate 20% of its March proceeds to Japanese relief efforts such as Doctors Without Borders.
  • Interval Studios, producers of the Thicket and Snowdrift apps for iOS, is donating 100 percent of its proceeds from March 11 to March 31 to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
  • Tesla Software is also donating proceeds from the weekend to the Japan Relief fund and will post results on their site.