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Amazon app store: Not so fast, says Apple

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(Read caption) Amazon Appstore is open for business. But Apple – which operates its own App Store – says the name of the Amazon store could confuse customers.

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Amazon today took the wraps off its app store, an online marketplace devoted to Android applications. Amazon Appstore – try not to confuse that with the Apple App Store – opens with a lot of cool features, including something called Test Drive, which lets users try out apps on a faux-Android screen before forking over any cash. In an effort to drum up interest in the Appstore, Amazon is releasing a paid app every day for free. The first of the bunch? Angry Birds Rio.

That game, which was first announced back in February, is a tie-in to an upcoming animated flick called "Rio." Angry Birds Rio features a full 45 levels; there is the option to add more levels via in-app updates. If you don't have an Android-equipped phone, fret not – Angry Birds Rio is available on the iPhone and iPod Touch for a buck and on the iPad and iPad 2 for $3. Trust this Angry Birds fan on this front: The game is probably worth the dollar investment.

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