HTC Going To Open Its Own Online App Store?

HTC App StoreHTC, the popular Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones, is currently hiring staff for launching their ‘possible’ online App Store that would sell e-books and applications.

Still it is not conform whether they will open an unified app store, which will serve both Android-based devices and Windows Phone 7 handsets, the two operating systems that HTC currently uses to power their popular smartphones.

Some close sources revealed that HTC was hiring content editors for a planned online HTC store, which will act as a Marketplace, for its smartphones applications as well as for e-books and magazines.

[via Financial Times & TheNextWeb]

LimeWire Shut Down Permanently By Federal Court

LimewireThe popular peer-to-peer file sharing website LimeWire was shut down by the Federal Court recently.

LimeWire is a free peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and other operating systems supported by the Java software platform. At last the four-year legal battle with the US music industry came to an end, but LimeWire is unlucky this time.

The Federal Court found LimeWire guilty of assisting users in committing copyright infringement. It was a case made by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) four years before. The plaintiffs claimed that over 93% of the software’s traffic was made up of infringing content. The RIAA also said LimeWire has cost the music industry hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

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Apple iPad Provides 30k Free E-books

Apple iPadApple iPad is believed to provide almost 30,000 free E-Books. They are available for free in Apple’s iBookstore.

These e-books come from Project Gutenberg’s free digital library. They also contain paid titles alongside from most major publishers.

The available e-books will be DRM-free and the paid titles will be wrapped in Apple’s FairPlay DRM. These free e-books that come from the Gutenberg Project has a expired copyright.

Steve Jobs made comment earlier this week that said iBookstore would offer free e-books although the amount of books and where they came from were not said. Report says, you will also be able to add other free, non-DRM titles from iTunes as well.

Unfortunately the iBooks app will not come pre-installed on the iPad. Users have to go to the App Store and download it free of charge.

The Apple iPad is believed to arrive on April 3rd, 2010.

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