Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store

Amazon is opening an online app store for Android devices, according to The New York Times. Many companies have set up sites or app stores where consumers can download software for their mobile devices. Apple is suing Amazon for using app store — that's the name Apple uses for its mobile download site.

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NPR's business news starts with a fight over apps.

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INSKEEP: We're talking about applications. or apps for short - the programs that let you do fancy things on a smartphone.

Amazon is opening up an online app store for Android devices, according to The New York Times. Many companies have set up sites or app stores where consumers can download software for their mobile devices, spend a little money. But Amazon's new Appstore is not going down well at Apple. Apple is suing Amazon for using the word Appstore. That's the name that Apple uses for its own mobile download site.

No matter that Amazon's Appstore uses a different spelling. There's no space between the words app and store. Apple says that's not good enough and that it could still confuse consumers.

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