Remains of the Day: Welcome to the party, pal

A retail giant enters the app market, Congress is no longer Windows-only territory, and mysterious parts point to an iPhone secret. The remainders for Wednesday, January 5, 2011 are open for business.

Amazon’s Disruptive Android App Store Now Open To Developers — Full Details (TechCrunch)

As if Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs didn’t have enough arenas to compete in—digital music, e-books, haircuts—Amazon has begun opening its new app store to developers. Of course, Amazon doesn’t have its own smartphone platform, so it’ll be selling wares for Android—and competing with Google’s own Android Market. The major difference? The Amazon apps will come packed in absurdly large boxes.

Lee’s all Mac (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Pursuant to recent developments that allow U.S. senators to use Macs, Utah Senator Mike Lee—not to be confused with the world’s toughest programmer—has plopped an Apple computer on his desk. Good news, everybody: government should totally be efficient now, right?

Tweaked iPhone 4 parts discovered: an antenna fix, Verizon’s iPhone, or the best KIRF ever? (Engadget)

A couple repair companies claim to have gotten their paws on iPhone replacement parts that show slight differences when compared with the current iPhone 4. Could they presage a Verizon iPhone? A tweaked iPhone 4? A hoax? Personally, I think it’s all part of Steve Jobs’s plan to exact vengeance by shipping an iPhone 5 that is nothing but an antenna.

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