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Amazon Launches Appstore for Android, Apple Files Lawsuit

Amazon launched its own Android app store today, despite facing legal challenges from Apple. The Amazon Appstore will provide a new way for Android users to purchase apps for their mobile and tablet devices, while offering a few features unique to Amazon. Because the online retailer already enjoys a strong consumer base, Amazon will be able to integrate its own marketing and recommendation...

Zuckerberg Crowned 'New Caesar' by Vanity Fair, Tops List of 100 Most Influential

Vanity Fair will bow to Silicon Valley in its October issue, which will see the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Lo and behold, Mark Zuckerberg takes the number one spot: "This year Vanity Fair anoints Zuck as our new Caesar. He rules from the imperial capital of Palo Alto, California, the Rome of our nascent millennium." Although VF kind of glosses over...

Amazon Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Hardcover Ones

The Kindle may be facing stiff e-reader competition from Apple's iPad, but, when it comes to printed books, at least, Amazon's reader seems to be dominating the market pretty handily. The company says it sold approximately 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books sold over the past three months, and that gap is continuing to widen. Last month alone, for example, Amazon sold 180 Kindle books...

Rapping Woot! Monkeys Announce Amazon Deal, Apple Gets Served Over Antenna

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Online retailer Woot! just gained a massive new corporate parent, as the site has reportedly inked a deal with Amazon. The venture is apparently similar to previous Amazon purchases, which have allowed sites like Zappos and Audible to operate as independent entities. The quirky Woot! crew has already released a video detailing the...

Chrome Supplants Safari in Browser Rankings, Jobs Replies to 'Blood Gadgets'

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Google Chrome forcefully and successfully entered the browser battle in 2008, but its overall market share subsequently took a significant dip as the initial excitement waned. Chrome's popularity has certainly rebounded, though, and it has now surpassed Apple's Safari as the third most popular browser in the U.S. Internet Explorer...

Amazon Apologizes For Its 'Big Brother' Move on Kindle

When Amazon.com went into Kindle devices across the country to delete unauthorized copies of 'Animal Farm' and '1984' by George Orwell, the irony was certainly not lost on users. A Big Brother move, no doubt, especially because no one was informed of the invasion of privacy -- and customers thought the reclaimed content had been legally purchased. Amazon did issue refunds, but the blogosphere...

Jeff Bezos Chats Up the Kindle 2 with Jon Stewart

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos showed up at Jon Stewart's pad the other day to discuss the Kindle 2, and Jon seemed fairly unimpressed. They were just finally getting into a groove when Bezos dropped the price bomb, and then their fleeting segment was over. It's embedded after the break. Amazon VP Ian Freed has also been chatting up the device, but in a more technical nature. On designing the Kindle he...