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Video: US DoJ probes eBook pricing, Verizon delays Google Wallet and Android apps hit 10 billion downloads

Thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update, I’m Nick Barber.

We'll start with the new Windows Store that was unveiled this week and will be available in February. It's aiming to compete with other online app stores and said it was offering revenue sharing to developers which starts at 70 percent on­­ new apps, going up to 80 percent once the app makes 25-thousand dollars.


Antoine Leblond

VP, Windows Web Services


Microsoft of course is going to great lengths to lure developers to its platform. It's no secret that catching up to the Android Market or the App Store is a challenge for Microsoft, which is entering the tablet game more than two years after Apple. The Windows Store will be available when Windows 8 Beta is released and during the beta phase all apps will be free.

Speaking about Windows 8 analysts at IDC predict that Windows 8 will be quote largely irrelevant on PCs. It said that Microsoft faces a tough sell because the OS tries to offer the best of both worlds with a single OS. They went on to say that they expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on traditional PCs.

Joining the European Union the US Department of Justice is investigating anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of e-books. The DOJ didn't name the targets of the investigation, but the EU's probe focuses on Apple and five e-book publishers. The assistant attorney general in charge of the investigation didn't elaborate on it, but her testimony was the first time the DOJ has said it's looking into e-book pricing.

Verizon Wireless and Google are in a spat over the new electronic payment system dubbed Google Wallet. The service lets users pay for items by simply touching their phone to a paypoint system. It uses near field communication or NFC technology and special hardware in the phone. Verizon denied blocking the availability of Google Wallet and says it's ironing out some technical issues with Google to make the application secure to use on its phones. A Google spokesman said it was Verizon's call to keep the app off the device. This is something that net neutrality advocates have long feared, carriers blocking applications that might compete with their own native apps. Of course we'll keep you posted on developments.

The US government is hoping to help Iranians learn more about the US, understand polices, have an open dialog and find out how to visit with a new virtual embassy that was announced this week.



Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State


Within hours the website was blocked by Iranian authorities and the country's foreign minister said the virtual embassy will fail to win over the Iranian people. The US state department said they think they'll be able to get the site back up.


The Android Market passed 10 billion downloads this week and to celebrate there's a 10 day sale featuring 10 cent apps. Google cited a growth rate of a billion downloads a month. To put that in perspective The Apple App Store hit 10 billion downloads in March. Each day there are 10 different apps available for 10 cents, which are usually priced 2-4 dollars or more.


Technology is helping 5th grade students in California learn and it's not just a simple computer. It's this, an interactive whiteboard. The board hooks up to a computer and projecter and this device can tell where the students are pointing.


Rafi Holtzman, CEO of Luidia, “When the ink touches the board, then two signals leave the pen. That goes here, then is fed to the receiver by speed of light. Then this receiver communicates in sound waves this way.”


It starts at about 800 dollars and is made by a company that's only 6 miles from the student's school. Called e-beam and made by Luidia the device was first intended to help engineers have working conference calls across continents.


Well that's our show for this week thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update. To find out what's coming up on every week's show be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. As we head out this week we'll leave with clips from the FIFA Interactive World Cup.



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Nick Barber



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Nick Barber

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Coming up on World Tech Update this week the Windows Store gets ready to open its doors, the US Department of Justice probes anticompetitive behavior in the pricing of e-books, Verizon delays Google Wallet availability and the Android Market passes 10 billion downloads.

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