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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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