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Submission + - Android Jelly Bean Passes 10% Adoption And Gingerbread Finally Falls Under 50%

An anonymous reader writes: Google on Thursday updated its Platform Versions Web page for Android, and it looks like there’s finally some good news to report. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) have finally passed 10 percent share of the droid’s pie, while Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is nearing the 30 percent mark. Best of all though, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is finally on less than half of devices, and Android 2.2 (Froyo) has fallen under the 10 percent mark.

Submission + - How the iPhone Led to the Sale of T-Mobile

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Kevin O'Brien writes that Deutsche Telekom’s announcement to sell its American wireless unit, T-Mobile USA, to AT&T for $39 billion ended a decade-long foray into the American market that was undermined, in part, by the advent of the iPhone (reg. may be required). Until Apple introduced its highly popular touchscreen device in 2007, which went on to become the world’s leading smartphone, Deutsche Telekom had been generating decent sales from its American operation, but after the iPhone went on sale, sold exclusively at first by AT&T in the United States, T-Mobile USA began to lose its most lucrative customers, those on fixed monthly plans, who defected to its larger American rivals — AT&T and Verizon Wireless. “The iPhone effect cannot be underestimated in this decision,” says analyst Theo Kitz. “Without being able to sell the iPhone, T-Mobile was in an unsustainable position and T-Mobile USA became a problem child.” Ironically ATT's acquisition won't help T-Mobile customers get access to the iPhone anytime soon as T-Mobile will remain independent, albeit under AT&T's stewardship, for around a year, and won't offer the iPhone to its customers during that period."

Submission + - Amazon sues Apple over "App Store" trademark (

An anonymous reader writes: There are plenty of places where users can download mobile apps today, but there's only one App Store. Well, that's how Apple sees it at least.

Continuing on its quest to secure a trademark for "App Store", Apple last week filed suit against Amazon alleging that the online retailer was improperly using the phrase "App Store" in its mobile software developer program. Specifically, Apple accuses Amazon of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

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Network Neutrality Is Law In Chile 180

An anonymous reader writes "Chile is the first country of the world to guarantee by law the principle of network neutrality, according to the Teleccomunications Market Comission's Blog from Spain. The official newspaper of the Chilean Republic published yesterday a Law that guarantees that any Internet user will be able to use, send, receive or offer any content, applications or legal services over the Internet, without arbitrary or discriminatory blocking."

Windows 95 Turns 15 461

An anonymous reader writes "15 years ago on this day, Microsoft's then new Windows 95 was released. Among other things it moved users away from the archaic file manager and program manager to Windows explorer and the start menu. Compared to today's 'social desktop,' I'd much rather have the simpler and more sparse (pre-Internet Explorer integrated) Windows Explorer, though I do not like the (lack of) stability that Windows 95 offers. Of course if you were alive then, you've probably seen the commercials." I fondly recall downloading build after build and installing them. But within months of the official release, I switched to Linux.

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