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"Apple created Android, or at least it created the conditions necessary to create Android. People decided they could not play in the Apple way, and they had to do something else. Then Google stepped in there and created Android… and others jumped on the Android train." -- Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (mocoNews)
* Apple revised its in-app subscription rules that previously required that content sold outside of an app be "also offered in the app using In-App Purchase at the same price or less than it is offered outside the app." Now, thanks to an eagle-eyed writer over at MacRumors, we know that's no longer the case. According to the blog, there are no guidelines referring to price at all anymore, and Apple also dropped the requirement that external subscriptions also be offered as an in-app purchase. So not only are content providers now not required to offer an in-app subscription simply because they sell a subscription outside the App Store, they can also price their In-App subscriptions at any price point the want. (MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac)
* How the film industry must risk its present to find its future. (Tribeca Film)
* Next Thursday, AOL is having its analyst day, and according to Quasar Capital's Robert Peck, it'll likely be a "defining event" for the company. Here's Peck's Top 10 list of things he feels CEO Tim Armstrong must address during the event. (Business Insider)
* Why Microsoft needs to buy Netflix. (Fortune)
* Coupons.com raised $200 million at a $1 billion valuation from a group of institutional investors. The company is expected to make $100 million in sales this year, double what it raked in last year. (TechCrunch)
* How third-party videogame publishers are backing Nintendo's new Wii U console. (Reuters)
* Why Rovio must think about life after -- yes, after! -- Angry Birds. (GigaOm)
* The 10 fastest cars in America. (Fortune)
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Gameloft, a French mobile games company, had its best year yet. But something about its success feels familiar.
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
Imagine you've finally published that novel you've been working on for the past few years. It's one of those sci-fi epics, where there's an alien invasion to be overturned, a stoic soldier to defeat it, and maybe a cool gun or two to use in the process. And now that MOREMar 30, 2011 12:39 PM ET
By busting up the Open Handset Alliance with its Appstore, Amazon will make cheaper Android tablets more desirable and perhaps cut Google out of the loop.
Today's Amazon/Woot! is a $285 10-inch Android tablet by display-maker Viewsonic. While $285 for a 10-inch tablet from a name brand seems surprisingly inexpensive, it is a sign of things to come.
If you think it is hard to build a $200 tablet, take a look MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 23, 2011 1:26 PM ET
The Store works as advertised, which might be bad news for Verizon's efforts.
Two big Google (GOOG) Android stores launched this week. Verizon(VZ) launched its VCast Apps for Android on the new Thunderbolt LTE Handset late last week and this morning, after a slight delay and a last minute trademark lawsuit by Apple, Amazon(AMZN) launched their Appstore.
Both claim to be a more curated app buying process. However, they are a study in contrasts.Seth Weintraub - Mar 22, 2011 10:44 AM ET
It opened Tuesday, despite the trademark infringement suit Apple filed on Friday
[UPDATE: Sometime after 7:00 a.m. EST, the Amazon Appstore went live. Looks like Apple will have to go back to court and start specifying those unspecified damages it was seeking.]
Okay. It's Tuesday morning, and according to the New York Times, Amazon is supposed to enter the mobile app business today with a splash -- giving away a free copy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 6:13 AM ET
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Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble -- alongside Foxconn and Inventec -- over alleged patent infringement, including "features" in the Android operating systems on which its Nook eBook readers are based. Things like window tabs, status bars, and showing the content of a page while it's still loading, are MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 22, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Forrester says an Amazon tablet would be well-positioned to compete with iPad.
Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps issued a report today, detailing her analysis on the iPad challengers in the market. She sees three major miscalculations in iPad competitors' market strategies with high pricing being the biggest:
Price: Consumers' perception of tablet cost is shaped as much by the $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Color as it is by the iPad, whose models range from MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 10, 2011 4:44 PM ET
That depends on how broadly or narrowly the market at issue gets defined
The news that the Justice Department and the FTC are eying Apple's (AAPL) new subscription rules for possible antitrust violations has got experts taking a closer look at the markets in which the company competes.
"Typically when a firm reaches 60% or 70% of a given market is when authorities get interested," says Brett Gordon, an assistant professor at MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 18, 2011 12:08 PM ET
Today Apple launched its long-awaited Mac App Store, a desktop version of the popular marketplace that iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners already use to download mobile apps.
To access the new App Store, Mac desktop users need to download Mac OS X update 10.6.6. Afterwards, the App store icon appears in your dock, and once you enter and browse, they'll find it works similarly to the iOS app store, asking MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jan 6, 2011 6:10 PM ET
According to a report last night, Google is building a virtual newsstand for Android phones and tablets. Why not just push HTML5?
I'll admit it. I don't get it. Why are magazine publishers trying to build apps for different platforms when they should all be building HTML5 magazines that work across all platforms? Sure, it is nice to have a presence in Apple's (AAPL) App Store in which millions of iOS users MORESeth Weintraub - Jan 3, 2011 1:52 PM ET
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