Today in Tech: Mac App store peek, Chrome OS app sales disappoint

January 5, 2011: 6:00 AM ET

A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.

"He doesn't really want people to live. He loves people because they have made him wealthy beyond every human being's wildest imagination. That's why he loves people." -- eccentric country-folk performer Will Oldham on Bill Gates

  • Tomorrow, Apple launches its Mac App Store, which ought to make the app discovery, payment, and installation process -- we're talking one-click downloads and automatic installs -- even easier for Mac users. But if early input from four iOS developers is any indication, don't expect much in the way of reduced prices for apps like Chopper 2, Air Hockey, reMovem, and Compression, which will be priced exactly the same. Meanwhile, developers' expectations seem to fluctuate. While Majic Jungle Software, maker of Chopper 2, believes it'll only sell 10% of of what it made in the iOS store, Compression developer Little White Bear Studios expects to double its sales. (Pocket Cyclone)
  • Wondering how Chrome OS apps sales are faring so far? Apparently, not so hot. One Top Paid app, MathBoard ($2.99), reportedly has 65 weekly installs, which means it's pulling in $165 a week. Another, Toddler Jukebox ($1.99), was installed just six times this week. On the free apps side though, an app like Quick Note reported some 8,000 downloads this week. (TechCrunch) More
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