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A group of some 27,000 South Koreans is suing Apple for $26m for what they claim are privacy violations from the collection of iPhone user location information, AP reports in The Washington Post. Each person in the suit is seeking  Won1m ($932) in damages  from Apple and its South Korean unit to “protect privacy” rights. Read more

Richard Waters

If Apple was hoping to earn a slice of all the transactions that take place on its devices, it had better think again. Wednesday’s launch of browser-based apps for Amazon’s Kindle and Walmart’s Vudu services are the biggest shots yet across the bow of Apple’s App Store. Read more

Chris Nuttall

The last space shuttle has flown and instead of reaching for the stars, some former Nasa employees are reaching for the clouds instead with new startups. The latest, Nebula, emerged from stealth mode this morning, led by Chris Kemp, Nasa’s chief technology officer until last March, and funded by an impressive list of investors – Google’s original backers and VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Highland Capital Partners. Read more

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Amazon plans to release its own tablet computer by October, according to the Wall Street Journal. The online retailer hopes customers will use the tablet to rent and buy the company’s content, the WSJ believes.  Read more

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A survey from Nielsen that tracks music sales across real and digital sources shows that album sales actually increased in the first half of this year, Techcrunch reports. The increase – albeit one of just 1% – was the first time album sales had risen since 2004.

In an apparent move to take on Apple’s iCloud, Amazon has made a series of enhancements to its Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, says bgr.com. For a limited time, anyone who signs up will get unlimited space for music while Cloud Drive customers can now store all MP3s purchased from the Amazon MP3 music store for free. On top of this, the Cloud Player for Web is now available on the iPad. Read more

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Google+ has submitted an iPhone and iPad app for the social network to Apple’s App Store, Mashable reports. Approval for the app is expected within the next two weeks, Mashable says. Facebook is yet to release its own iOS app. Read more

While investors were giddy this week about the latest tech-company IPOs, the technologists themselves were more interested in the advent of services bringing music to people from the cloud–or clouds.  Read more

Joseph Menn

Along with Google, Amazon beat digital-music kingpin Apple in the race to launch a cloud offering that lets users hear their songs on any device, but this week’s deal with Lady Gaga shows just how much it dreads the widely anticipated arrival of competition from Cupertino. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Several popular social networking services were knocked out on Thursday due to problems with cloud services provided by Amazon. The outages for the likes of Foursquare, Hootsuite, Quora and Reddit illustrates the dependence of many startups on rented remote computing power and the widespread disruption that can be caused if a single cloud provider has problems with its network. Read more

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  • Amazon has announced it is to sell its Kindle e-reader for $25 less than the lowest current list price — with adverts and other types of sponsored content, PaidContent reports.  The first companies to advertise include Buick, Chase, Olay, and Visa and the promotions will appear on either the screen saver or the bottom of the home page.

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  • Amazon is considering introducing a service that would let consumers pay for goods using their mobile phones and near-field-communication technology, according to Bloomberg. News that the company’s Amazon Payments unit is said to be examining the service follows reports over the past few weeks that Apple, Google and Microsoft are all also planning to offer the mobile payment system.

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  • Amazon.com is courting the world’s big  music companies as it seeks licensing deals that would help improve the online music service it launched Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The moves are also an attempt to calm the music groups’ concerns over the lack of notice of the online retailer’s plans, the WSJ says.

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Chris Nuttall

Amazon – not Apple nor Google – is the big new player in cloud music services, launching its offering on Tuesday while those of its rivals are still the subject of speculation. The online retailer announced Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player – the first service gives users 5Gb of free data storage online and the second allows them to play, in a web browser or smartphone app, music they have uploaded to the cloud drive. Read more

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  • AllThingsDigital reports that Rob Solomon, the president and chief operating officer of group buying site Groupon, is stepping down from his job. No reasons have been given for the former Yahoo executive’s departure.

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  • Apple has changed its inventory management policy for iPad 2 deliveries, Apple Insider reports. The company’s retail outlets are now holding on to new shipments until the next day rather than selling them on the same day in an effort to ease the sales process for both customers and employees.

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  • LivingSocial, the daily coupon website and rival to Groupon, is in talks with investors to raise around $500m to help fuel its expansion, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes just three months after it raised $175m from Amazon.com.

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Tim Bradshaw

Lovefilm’s £200m takeover by Amazon has reopened the usual debate about European tech start-ups.

Sure, it’s a great exit for Lovefilm’s management and investors. But as one entrepreneur friend said to me upon hearing the news: “Yet another one gone to the USA then.” Read more

David Gelles

Amazon has just updated the Kindle, giving the world’s most popular e-reader a much-needed facelift just in time for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.

The new device is sleeker, stronger and faster than the previous Kindle. Its body is 21 per cent smaller and 15 per cent lighter at 8.7 ounces. It has double the battery life at one month, plus double the storage capacity — enough for 3,500 books.

At $139 for a wifi only version and $189 for 3G, the new Kindle puts e-readers firmly within reach of mainstream consumers. For those looking for a cheap way in to digital reading, the Kindle is a compelling package. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Amazon’s new Kindle DX, available on July 7, is the first eReader to feature E Ink‘s Pearl technology, enabling a contrast ratio 50 per cent better than the previous DX.

The improvement is a necessary upgrade in order for E Ink to produce its first colour screens by the end of the year. Read more

David Gelles

Last week’s announcement by Facebook that it would use PayPal as its payments provider brought together two of the most potent forces on the internet – e-commerce and social networking.

Yet for all the promise each sector holds, the two have been slow to converge. Online shopping is still a generally solitary affair, while social networking has yet to place much emphasis on buying stuff. This may soon change.

Today the chief executive of Ebay, which owns PayPal and is the world’s largest online auctions site, offered new insights into how e-commerce and social networking might work in concert with one another, and what he sees as the next big opportunities for collaboration. Read more