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News Corp’s  iPad-only publication, the Daily, is averaging about 120,000 readers a week - less than a quarter than the 500,000 users the company said it needed to make money – Bloomberg reports. After the free trial, subscribers pay 99 cents per week or $39.99 a year to read the publication. 

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Could there be a lawsuit over the Fire in Amazon’s future?

This was what Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, had to say when I caught up with him shortly after the launch of the device on Wednesday: “We have yet to see an Android device in the market that does not infringe on our patents.” 

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Android  is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time, according to research seen by CNET. A study by Ovum has found that Google’s mobile system is set to notch up 8.1bn app downloads this year, compared with 6bn for Apple’s iOS devices. 

It is no secret that HTC is keen to move beyond hardware manufacturing to online services and content – it had earlier acquired or partnered with, variously, a games provider (OnLive), a mobile video specialist (Saffron Digital), an e-books company (Kobo), and a music streaming service (Taiwan’s KKBox).

But its ambitions may range further still. Cher Wang, HTC chairwoman, recently revealed for the first time that the Taiwanese smartphone maker had considered acquiring a mobile operating platform. 

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The mud-slinging between Microsoft and Google over Wednesday’s outspoken Google blog post about the patent wars has continued almost unabated. And as always in cases like this, both sides come out of it worse off. 

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David Drummond, Google’s top lawyer, has just issued the search company’s most outspoken denunciation yet of rivals who have laid legal siege to Android.

The barrage of lawsuits is nothing less than “a hostile, organized campaign … by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents,” he says. 

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Every good corporate executive knows that carelessly worded internal emails can turn into damning evidence in future trials. In its high-stakes legal fight with Oracle, though, Google has just discovered that an email that was never actually sent – let alone even completed – may turn out to be just as dangerous. 

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Google’s Android operating system now claims the largest share of the US consumer smartphone market with 39 per cent, according to June figures from market researchers Nielsen. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 per cent, while RIM Blackberry is at 20 per cent. Apple, however,  is the top smartphone manufacturer in the US. HTC, meanwhile, holds a 14 per cent share of the market. 

Chris Nuttall

The iPhone and iPad have made Apple a mobile gaming leader in smartphones and tablets, but Android is now getting more firepower with the help of Sony and chipmakers Nvidia and Qualcomm. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Nvidia has been showing off the gaming capabilities of its new quad-core processor at Computex this week and Qualcomm today introduced a game pack optimised for devices using its Snapdragon mobile processors. 

Richard Waters

Google is planning to put the Chrome operating system front and centre at its annual developer event this week, to judge from this short preview on Monday. Let’s hope it doesn’t become another Google Wave moment