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"I don't think Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship. Right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM." -- Verizon CTO Tony Melone (Business Insider and CNET)
The HTC Salsa and ChaCha. Photo: SlashGear
Facebook revealed that a dozen or so smartphones with heavy Facebook integration will land on shelves this year, including the HTC Salsa and -- wait for it -- the HTC ChaCha, which sport physical Facebook buttons on the front that, when pressed, takes you to the Facebook app, and glows when an item is sharable online. (Fortune and SlashGear)
- Apple finally announced an App Store subscription service, and the details are getting some people riled up already. Among the stipulations: users must opt-in and click a button to share their contact info with publishers, Apple takes 30% of the revenue from in-app purchases like say, Amazon Kindle books, Time Inc. magazines, or Hulu Plus TV show, and no in-app links to the outside that would offer subscriptions and circumvent Apple's 30% cut. Most App Store vendors have yet to weigh in, but music subscription service Rhapsody swifly released a statement calling Apple's stipulations "economically untenable." "The bottom line is we would not be able to offer our service through the iTunes store if subjected to Apple's 30% monthly fee vs. a typical 2.5% credit card fee," the company said in a statement. According to some law professors, Apple's demands could potentially be grounds for antitrust scrutiny. (Fortune, Engadget, and Wall Street Journal) More
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