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Tech News: iOS Apps Are Measurably Better Than Android Apps, Study Suggests


Also, Microsoft is being really obtuse about Netflix customers.

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ReadWrite Mobile
Link: The Data Don't Lie: iOS Apps Are Better Than Android
"The horse race between the app stores has become a tedious exercise. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) says it has 800,000 apps in the App Store. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Play is about at 800,000 and is likely to hit the million app benchmark before iOS. But, as our readers so dutifully informed us, they do not really care. App store volume has become a non-story. Quantifying the quality of apps between iOS and Android is a different matter altogether."

The Next Web
Link: Xbox to 'Unlock' Its Netflix App This Weekend, Granting Access to All Subscribers for a Mere Three Days
"If you felt that it was asinine of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to limit use of the Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) app to only Gold-level subscribers of its Live service, this weekend will offer you some reprieve. According to Major Nelson's blog, Microsoft will 'unlock' the Netflix app this weekend, granting everyone access to it, provided they are subscribers to the video company.

"Let's recap: If you buy an Xbox 360, and have a Netflix subscription, you cannot watch Netflix on the device. You must also pay Microsoft $60 per year for Gold membership, to be given access to the Netflix on the console, a streaming video service that they already pay for."

Wired Business
Link: Amazon's Future Is Not in Selling Stuff--and That's a Good Thing
"During Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) wonkish earnings call this week, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak revealed a number that offered a surprising glimpse into the company's ambitious future - a future where Amazon doesn't sell stuff. At least not directly.

"In the Q&A with analysts, Szkutak said that a full 39 percent of the 'product units' sold on Amazon during the most recent quarter were from third-party sellers, up from 36 percent a year earlier. In other words, more than a third of everything sold on Amazon during the last three months wasn't sold by Amazon itself, but by someone else selling through Amazon."

Link: Motorola May Be Looking For Some Help With Its Secretive X-Phone Project
"Rumors that Google and Motorola are quietly working on a new handset known as the X-Phone have been making the rounds for weeks now (thanks in large part to a Wall Street Journal report from late December), but those rumors may have gotten a big boost in credibility earlier today.

"You see, Motorola was apparently looking for a special someone to fill a job opening of theirs on LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD). The position? 'Sr Director Product Managment [sic], X-Phone.'"

Link: Square Gets Chummy With the Carriers, Selling Its Card Reader at Verizon Stores
"Verizon Wireless (NASDAQ:VZ) will now start selling Square's card reader in its retail stores across the country. Though it's really just a new distribution deal among many, moving closer to carriers puts Square in an ideal spot to target would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners right as they're making their smartphone purchases.

"Starting Thursday, Verizon stores will sell the device for $9.97, plus new users will get a $10 credit to their account, canceling out even that minimal up-front investment. Since Square only charges by the transaction (2.75 percent) and doesn't require any minimum number of transactions, it shouldn't take a very hard sell to convince a small business customer buying a smartphone to try out the reader."
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