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Angry Birds tops 7M free Android downloads

Mobile Entertainment reports that Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds game has been downloaded more than seven million times on Android since its release in mid-October

Report: Nokia to pay brands to build apps for Ovi store

Nokia is to pay advertisers to create branded apps for its Ovi app store in a push to counter the dominance of Apple's iPhone and Google Android-supported smartphones

Media rivals square up over iPad

Sir Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch are set to go head-to-head with rival iPad-only publications

Sony looks to apps to rebuild e-reader market share

Consumer electronics giant Sony is to launch an app for iOS and Android devices that will allow access to its e-books store.

Google begins rating for apps

Google said that “starting in a few weeks” it will be providing content ratings for all apps available via Android Market, with products fitting in to one of four categories – all, pre-teen, teen or mature.

Apple limits radio app availability

Apple’s application approvals process is in the spotlight again, after it was reported that the company has barred all apps designed to provide access to a single radio station.

Report: Healthcare channels to dominate m-health app distribution

Mobile health applications will be “predominantly” distributed through “traditional healthcare channels” by 2015, usurping the currently dominant app stores.

Microsoft hits 3K apps milestone on WP7

Microsoft has hailed strong developer support for its new Windows Phone 7 platform ahead of the key Christmas shopping season. The 3,000 milestone means that Microsoft has added around 1,000 new titles to the WP7 Marketplace store since the US launch on 8 November.

WP7 apps are cheapest of all stores

New analysis from Distimo claims apps in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace have an average price of just US$1.95

Apple releases iOS 4.2 upgrade; iPad gains most

Apple’s iOS 4.2 update, which is now available, is significant because it means the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are all running on the same version of the platform; an obvious benefit for developers. In this levelling up process, users of the iPad gain most.

Local-reviews apps maker gets backing

Qype, the local-review service, has raised EUR3.5 million

JiWire brings NearbyNow even closer

JiWire, which provides advertising on Wi-Fi hotspots, has acquired NearbyNow

RIM bars app from BlackBerry App World

RIM has removed the real-time texting app Kik

SAP to develop PlayBook-friendly apps

Enterprise software giant SAP is developing a series of business applications

Chinese app store eyes US150M for expansion

Sky-mobi, which runs a Chinese mobile app store called Maopao, hopes to raise up to US$150 million

Mozilla plans an open alternative to existing app stores

Open-source software project Mozilla is planning an app store that it hopes will be more open and flexible

GSMA opens app competitions for both brands and bands

The GSMA has announced two separate contests for budding developers to cut their teeth creating apps

Acer is alive in the apps space

Taiwan's Acer, the world's second-largest personal computer maker by shipments after HP, has announced a move into the apps and cloud media space.

Online travel giant Expedia makes apps move

Expedia, the leading online travel provider, has acquired mobile apps developer Mobiata for an undisclosed sum.

Indias licensing scandal highlights dysfunctional regulatory regime

India must learn the lessons from the 2G licensing affair and overhaul its regulatory system