Tech wrap: Amazon offers Android apps, gets sued by Apple

March 22, 2011

A demonstrator plays a racing game on an Android-based Motorola Atrix smartphone during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Steve MarcusAmazon.com opened its store for Google Android smartphone applications, ratcheting up its fight with Apple after the iPhone maker sued Amazon in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using its App Store trademark.

A New York court rejected a class action settlement hammered out between Google and publishers that would allow the Web search leader to scan millions of books and sell them online.

U.S. wireless operators will have to pay higher subsidies for cellphones as they come with more features, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said during a chief executive panel at the annual CTIA wireless industry conference.

AT&T/T-Mobile USA’s ability to reach 95 percent of the population will mean a better wireless service for consumers, Business Insider’s Dan Frommer writes. Fewer phones, higher prices, and the year or two that it will take for customers to notice any appreciable improvement in network quality are reasons why the deal won’t benefit anyone but AT&T and Deutsche Telekom, Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan opined.

RIM’s long-awaited tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will go on sale through retailers and wireless carriers in the U.S. and Canada on April 19 at a base price of $499, matching the pricing for Apple’s iPad 2. But with no word on distribution plans outside North America, RIM will still be chasing Apple, one analyst said. Samsung said its base Galaxy 10.1 tablet will cost $499.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs was ordered by a federal judge to answer questions from plaintiffs’ lawyers in a class-action lawsuit that claims Apple created a music-downloading monopoly with its iPod player and iTunes store.

Social network for professionals LinkedIn boasted 100 million users. But while many may have signed up to create an online resume, only a fraction continues to use the service even on an occasional basis, writes VentureBeat’s Sid Yadav.

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