Peter Kafka

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Apple Just Moved a Billion Apps in a Month

Apple users have downloaded 15 billion apps from its iTunes app store in three years, the company announced today.

A month ago, at its developers’ conference, Apple put its app download total at 14 billion. So that’s some pretty straightforward math.

Apple kremlinologists can have fun parsing the rest of Apple’s very short press release. As far as I can tell, none of the other numbers in the missive — 100,000 native iPad apps, 425,000 total apps, 200 million iOS users — are new, but perhaps I’m missing something.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik