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[Amazon Appstore Lawsuit] An App Store Is Not A Store For Apps, Says Apple (No, Really, They Said That)

[Amazon Appstore Lawsuit] An App Store Is Not A Store For Apps, Says Apple (No, Really, They Said That)

Yesterday, in the Federal Court for the Northern District of California, Apple filed its response to a counterclaim (filed by Amazon) in its ongoing suit over Amazon's use of the word "Appstore" in its new Android... app store (what else am I supposed to call it, Apple? An app acquisition service?)

The counterclaim contained one of the single greatest premises for a trademark lawsuit I have ever seen (not that I've seen that many):

Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words “app store” together denote a store for apps.

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[New In The Market] Text Clock Pro Indulges Our Literacy With a Dynamic, Readable Timepiece

[New In The Market] Text Clock Pro Indulges Our Literacy With a Dynamic, Readable Timepiece

Clock widgets, clock livewallpapers - when will we have enough of them? Never, I say! Every once in a while, a new clock variant comes out that pushes the limits of originality, and I think this is what we have here today with Text Clock Pro.

If you've been in an English fanatic's kitchen, there's a chance you might've seen a bunch of word magnets on their fridge which you can assemble into sentences.

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36 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (5/6/11 - 5/19/11)

36 Best (And 2 WTF) New Android Apps From The Last 2 Weeks (5/6/11 - 5/19/11)

Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

This is part 2 of this week's roundup and is dedicated entirely to apps. For part 1 dedicated to games and LWPs, see 26 Best New Android Games And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (5/5/11 – 5/18/11).

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Pre-Orders Shipping Today - Get Your Thumbs Ready, Gamers

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Pre-Orders Shipping Today - Get Your Thumbs Ready, Gamers

Looks like Verizon isn't waiting until May 25th to ship the Xperia Play - at least a few customers have received confirmation that their phones have already been mailed.

We first caught wind of this yesterday, when @0mie tweeted:

all #Revolution #Play orders SHOULD start shipping Thursday night/Friday Morning :)

Today, one Droid Life reader confirmed the essiting info with the following screenshot:

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Of course, it's possible - likely, even - that not all pre-ordered Xperia Plays have been shipped yet.

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Motorola DROID X2 Rooted Via Gingerbreak - Well, That Was Easy

Motorola DROID X2 Rooted Via Gingerbreak - Well, That Was Easy

Well, that's the easy part done. The DROID X2 has been rooted, huzzah! The device was found to be vulnerable to one of the known root exploits out there (Gingerbreak) - apparently Moto couldn't be bothered to patch up the hole (the fix has been backported to 2.2 from AOSP, according to our own Justin Case.) This hasn't been fully confirmed yet, but it seems plausible, given that all previous Motorola Froyo builds have been susceptible to this exploit.

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[Bootscreen Animation Roundup Part 4] Is That A Tesseract In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

[Bootscreen Animation Roundup Part 4] Is That A Tesseract In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

I know, I know... it's only been a week since the last roundup, but when you just happen to stumble upon a gaggle of awesome animations all at one time, what else can you do? If you were thinking "post 'em up for everyone to enjoy," then you win! What do you win, you ask? Why, some sick new boot animations, of course! How sweet is that?

Don't know how to change your boot animation?
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Theft Aware Gets A Licensing Tweak, Now Allows For Device Transfers

Theft Aware Gets A Licensing Tweak, Now Allows For Device Transfers

Remember the super-sweet anti-theft software Theft Aware that we first showed you back in November? The creators of said software have pinged us with some pretty rad info: the licensing has been tweaked so you can now transfer it to a new device!

Initially, the license was tethered to the handset for which it was originally purchased, so once you upgraded your phone, you had to buy a new license to go along with it.

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Hot Out Of The Oven: Pizza Hut Serves Up An Android App

Hot Out Of The Oven: Pizza Hut Serves Up An Android App

 

You love pizza, right? And we all know you love Android... but now you can have some sort of socially acceptable ménage à trois with the two. If you interpreted that sentence as "Pizza Hut dropped an official app in the Android Market," then you are totally right!

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With the official app you can order from the full Pizza Hut menu on the go, take advantage of special coupons and deals, and keep a quick list of all of your favorites for those I-need-to-get-pizza-right-now moments.

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Tiered Data Coming To Verizon This Summer As Planned, Says CFO - And Family Data Plans?

Tiered Data Coming To Verizon This Summer As Planned, Says CFO - And Family Data Plans?

We knew it was coming. We've known for a while, in fact. But as summer draws near, reality is starting to set in: unlimited data is coming to an end on Verizon. For real. Here's what you need to know (based on what we know): Verizon's CFO told Reuters at a tech conference that tiered data will be implemented this summer, and that all unlimited data options will be eliminated.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops Price of DROID Charge To $199 On New 2-Year Agreement

[Deal Alert] Amazon Drops Price of DROID Charge To $199 On New 2-Year Agreement

So, I'm probably not the best person to write about anything that might encourage someone to buy a DROID Charge (I sure as hell wouldn't, and our friends at Droid-life agree), but here we are. Amazon's offering the Charge for a slightly-more-reasonable price of $200 on a new 2-year agreement or eligible upgrade, down from the absolutely absurd price of $300 you'll get it for everywhere else.

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I still wouldn't call it a deal.

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