Apple Holds iTunes Contest Marking 10 Billionth Download

Apple is holding a contest on iTunes called "Countdown to 10 Billion Song Downloads."

The user who downloads the 10 billionth song from iTunes will receive a $10,000 gift card from Apple.

"iTunes changed the way you buy music, making songs and albums available for download, day or night," Apple said.

Mobile Phone Buyers Prefer Touchscreen Interface

While text messaging continues to be the top motivating feature for mobile phone buyers, American consumers are increasingly purchasing handsets with touch screens or QWERTY keyboards, according to the latest report from The NPD Group.

The report found all 10 of the top-selling mobile phones purchased in the fourth quarter of 2009 came with a touch screen, a QWERTY keyboard, or both.

Opera: Mini Will Save iPhone Users Money and Time

Opera is set to unveil its Opera Mini browser at a press event during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We contacted Opera to get some details.

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UPDATE: The Apple store is finally back online and it looks like the only thing added was the recently announced photography software package, Aperture 3.

To say people aren’t pleased with Apple would be an understatment… as many were hoping for the new Core i5 and i7 MacBooks.

Android Market Share Growing By Leaps And Bounds

In many ways, the last traces of the 2009 holiday season have disappeared – you won’t find many decorations up, presents out, or leftovers refrigerated (we hope).  comScore’s just released a report concerning the mobile market, though, and the stats are well worth examining.

Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Up 72%

Worldwide mobile data bandwidth usage increased by 72 percent in the second half of 2009, according to a new report by Allot Communications.

Applications such as YouTube and Skype are driving this continued momentum in mobile broadband growth. APAC leads the growth with 86%; EMEA posted 70% growth and the Americas 59%.

Barnes & Noble Nook Now In Stock Online

Barnes & Noble said today its nook e-reader is now in stock online and will be rolling out in the majority of its stores by mid-week.

Barnes & Noble sold out of nook stock online over the holidays due to high demand, which exceeded the bookseller’s expectations. Since then the company has ramped up production and is shipping stock to most of its stores this week. Customers can visit the Barnes & Noble nook In-Store Locator to find local stores with the device in-stock.

AT&T Launches FamilyMap For iPhone

AT&T has introduced its FamilyMap App for the iPhone, which allows users to track the location of family members.

Users can download the FamilyMap the App Store on iPhone or at iTunes. Users can track tow phones on an account for $9.99 a month or up to five phone for $14.99 per month. The FamilyMap App can also be used on most other AT&T smartphones. Previously the app was only available via a desktop.

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act by a vote of 422 to 5.

The bill is aimed at improving cybersecurity within the federal government as well as the public and private sectors by helping to develop a skilled cybersecurity workforce along with coordinating and prioritizing federal research and development.

The bill also seeks to improve the transfer of cyber security technologies to the marketplace and promote cybersecurity education for the public.

Nearly 20% Of Marketing Emails Fail To Arrive

Nearly twenty percent (19.9%) of commercial, permissioned emails never reached consumers inboxes in the United States and Canada in the second half of 2009, according to a new report from Return Path.