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Android is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time, according to research seen by CNET. A study by Ovum has found that Google’s mobile system is set to notch up 8.1bn app downloads this year, compared with 6bn for Apple’s iOS devices.
Chinese daily deals website Lashou.com is planning an initial public offering in the US, sources close to the matter have told Bloomberg. The website raised $110m in April from investors in a funding round that valued the company at about $1.1bn.
Negotiations are continuing between AOL and Michael Arrington, the founder of its TechCrunch blog, over the future of the influential technology new site, AllThingsDigitial reports. After reports yesterday that AOL had dismissed Mr Arrington, sources told AllThingsD that the company has so far refused Mr Arrington’s demand to grant the site “editorial independence” or sell it back to him. The row was sparked by news that Mr Arrington had founded a start-up fund which would invest in some of the companies covered in TechCrunch.
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