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Amazon finally launches digital game and software downloads for Mac and Windows in the UK

In what seems a lifetime after the U.S. launch, Amazon UK has finally opened up their digital game and software download store for Mac and Windows. This finally means that UK based Amazon customers can purchase software in digital form, instead of waiting in at home to receive your package from the courier. While the selection of Mac downloads is much slimmer than for Windows, but there is still a good selection on offer.

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Apple, Amazon, and the weaponization of profit

Apple makes more money than any other company save those with oligopoly control of limited fossil fuel resources, yet they're perpetually punished by Wall Street and called doomed by financial-not-really-analysts. Amazon has seldom made a dime on paper and yet they're the darling of Wall Street and can do no wrong with market makers. Yet both are among the most successful companies in recent history. Why the difference? Benedict Evens on Twitter:

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Amazon launching their own login service for apps, games and websites

Following the likes of Google and Facebook, Amazon has announced "Login with Amazon," their own login service for apps, games and websites. Working in much the same way as competing services, Login with Amazon will allow developers to offer their users the chance to login to their products using an Amazon account

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Amazon taking the fight to iTunes on the Desktop with new Cloud Player client

Amazon's Cloud Player has been around for a while now, but the only way to access it in a desktop environment has been via the web browser. Now though, Amazon has announced a full desktop client for Cloud Player, and takes the fight to iTunes in doing so.

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Kindle for iOS updated with VoiceOver support for the visually impaired

Amazon's Kindle app for iOS has been updated in the App Store with support for VoiceOver for the visually impaired. The added compatibility with the built in iOS feature allows for easier navigation of the library, and makes it better to read and interact with the Kindle books.

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Amazon warns iOS Kindle app users to avoid latest update

If you're an Amazon Kindle for iOS app user, Amazon is warning you to avoid their latest update. Kelly Hodgkins from TUAW writes:

Apparently, a glitch in the update is erasing the user's entire book library from their iOS device.

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IMDb Movies and TV app updated, now includes Amazon Instant Video integration

The hugely popular app, IMDb Movies and TV has received a significant update with some nice shiny new features. If you are a user of Amazon Prime then you are in for a real treat as titles that you peruse on IMDb that are also available on Amazon Prime will have a link that will allow you to watch them instantly; as long as you have the Amazon Prime app installed on your iPhone or iPad.

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Amazon MP3 store gets optimized for iPhone, iPod touch

Amazon announced today that their Amazon MP3 store, the section of their website where you can buy digital music downloads similar to what iTunes offers, has now been optimized to look and work better in Apple's Safari browser on the iPhone and iPod touch screen.

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In what world should Amazon enjoy more future confidence than Apple?

There is no question that Apple has done some amazing things. It has become the largest company in the world, by market value, because it has redefined industries. It redefined the music business, it redefined smartphones and it redefined tablet computing. Apple did not invent these businesses. Most observers would argue that the likes of Handspring/Palm and RIM invented smartphones and stylus-oriented computing devices, including Apple's Newton and Microsoft's Tablet PC certainly pre-dated the iPad. But Apple massively and permanently redefined consumers’ expectations in these markets. While doing so, they built up an incredibly profitable hardware business.

So why is it that Apple’s stock hasn’t actually outperformed Amazon by that much?

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Apple, publishers, reportedly ready to settle EU ebooks probe

Regulators in the European Union are reportedly ready to accept the offer made by Apple and four book publishers, bringing an end to an antitrust probe regarding ebook pricing. Apple and these publishers made the offer back in September, and regulators are expected to announce their acceptance of the deal next month. The deal with European regulators addresses aspects of pricing and contracts that prevent lower pricing at rival retailers.

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