Apple’s Hard-to-Find Downloads Send Zombie Apps to Grave

The Boston-based startup hosts an online marketplace where apps that attract few users or fail to make much money -- including an animal-hunting game and a program that lets people send drawings to one another -- can try and sell themselves to buyers such as other app makers. In the past month, Apptopia has brokered 350 such deals, a six-fold jump from last year, said Chief Executive Officer Eliran Sapir.

The WhatsApp Inc. mobile-messaging application WhatsApp and the Facebook Inc. application are displayed along with other apps on an Apple Inc. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

The WhatsApp Inc. mobile-messaging application WhatsApp and the Facebook Inc. application are displayed along with other apps on an Apple Inc. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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