Webwire: Amazon launches Mac app store; MS board backs Ballmer

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Amazon has launched an install-free app store for the Mac, in a move with the potential to increase the conflict between the web retail giant and Apple.
 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has the backing of the company's board against a challenge to his leadership from hedge fund manager David Einhorn, sources say.
 
US politicians have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require ISPs to retain user IP address records for up to 18 months.
 
Google's Street View fleet has spread to India, with cars initially roaming the streets of Bangalore, despite the continuing tensions with some governments over privacy concerns about the service.
 
Nokia has entered an international partnership to supply rich mapping services for US-based news network CNN, while CNN has launched a news app on the Ovi store.
 
Greece's finance ministry has approached Deutsche Telekom asking if the operator wants to increase its stake in OTE, as the country seeks to sell its 16% holding to help alleviate its massive debt burden.
 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is only eating meat from animals he kills with his own hands, as the billionaire's newest personal challenge.

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