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Tweetbot for Mac currently unavailable from the Mac App Store

Tweetbot for Mac, one of the more popular Twitter apps for OS X, is currently unavailable from the Mac App Store. That's led to some speculation about what might have happened. Since there's been no official word Twitter or from the developer, Tapbots as to cause, any and all of it remains just that: speculation.

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Amazon Prime annual membership discounted to $72 for one day only

If you're looking to become an Amazon Prime member, now is the time to do it as the retailer is offering the annual membership for just $72, down from its usual price of $99. In addition to the discount on the membership, Amazon is streaming all ten episodes of its original series Transparent for free to non-Prime members on January 24.

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Largest Apple Store in Asia officially opens doors in Hangzhou, China

Apple has officially opened doors to the public at its Westlake store in Hangzhou, China. The Westlake Apple Store is one of five retail stores opening in the country before the Chinese New Year, which falls on February 19. Apple has promoted the launch of the store – which is the largest Apple Store in Asia – with a mural by famed calligrapher Wang Dongling.

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Apple hires digital retail exec from Burberry for 'special projects'

Apple has made a new hire from Burberry, the fashion house once run by current Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts. According to his Twitter and LinkdIn profiles, Chester Chipperfield, previously Burberry's Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design, will now be working on Special Projects at Apple.

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Sprint's guaranteeing a $200 minimum smartphone trade-in credit for T-Mobile switchers

Sprint's taking the fight straight to T-Mobile and is offering customers of the Un-carrier a guaranteed minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current working T-Mobile smartphone. That's in addition to the current contract buy-out offer (though T-Mobile ditched traditional contracts nearly two years ago) or up to $350 in credit to pay for their new Sprint phone.

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Apple products will reportedly undergo security inspection by Chinese officials

Apple will reportedly allow the Chinese government to conduct security inspections of the products the company sells in China. The inspections would be a way to curb worries that other governments are using Apple products for surveillance against China. The vast majority of Apple's products (with the exception of the Mac Pro) are manufactured in China.

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Three UK reportedly confirmed to be purchasing O2 for £10 billion [updated]

Update: Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has officially confirmed that the company has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefonica over a potential purchase of O2.

Three UK, announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica, S.A. over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica, S.A.'s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold.

Original story: We reported a few days ago that Three UK was looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica, and now the deal has reportedly been confirmed at a price of 10 billion pounds (roughly 15 billion US dollars) and is expected to be finalized Friday morning.

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Goat Simulator brings a new map, more goats in latest update

Attention fans of ridiculously buggy, yet hilariously wacky simulator games featuring barnyard animals: Goat Simulator for iOS has picked up an update today. Coming along for the ride are a new map and, perhaps most importantly, "pigs that are stuck."

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Twitter launches tweet translations for mobile apps and web

Twitter has announced today that it has enabled tweet translation, powered by Bing, on both its official iOS app, as well as on the web. The feature was previously available on TweetDeck, and has been tested off and on for a while now.

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SEC filing details Apple exec earnings; Millard Drexler to retire from board

Apple submitted a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today that not only gives us the breakdown of earnings for the tech giant's top executives, but also announces that board member Millard Drexler will be retiring after the company's annual shareholder meeting on March 10.

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