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Rival Twitter aggregators clash, Samsung 1GHz chip bound for iPhone, Microsoft app store open to developers, and Oracle sues Qtrax.

Rival Twitter aggregators clash

There is some conflict at TweetMeme, a service that rounds up "retweets" of popular links, much like Digg buttons, and aggregates them into a central site, says cnet.

A rival site, ReTweet, has announced its impending launch, and TweetMeme thinks the two are too similar.

More specifically, according to a blog post by TweetMeme`s Nick Halstead, ReTweet`s "retweet button, Javascript and the Wordpress plug-in code seemed to have been directly copied from ours". He said TweetMeme is "seeking further legal advice".

Samsung 1GHz chip bound for iPhone

Samsung and Intrinsity have jointly announced one of the fastest processors to date aimed at devices like Apple`s iPhone. The new 1GHz chip, co-developed by the companies, is similar to the processor that currently powers the iPhone 3G S: a 600MHz Samsung processor, based on the ARM Cortex A8 design, reports cnet.

UK-based ARM licenses its low-power chip designs to many of the world`s largest chip suppliers, including Samsung, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and, more recently, Nvidia.

The new Samsung-Intrinsity chip, code-named "Hummingbird", could be bound for a future iPhone or like device.

MS app store open to developers

Microsoft has officially opened its Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store to software developers, as the giant software maker moves to catch up to the success of Apple`s iPhone App Store, states PCWorld.

Microsoft is now accepting submissions of mobile phone software applications from registered developers in 29 countries and is offering prizes for the most popular applications as judged by downloads, revenue, usefulness and more, said Todd Brix, leader of Windows Marketplace for Mobile at Microsoft, in a blog posting.

Developers can start uploading applications to Windows Marketplace now and will probably have to wait about 10 business days for certification, or a detailed explanation of why a program was not accepted, according to Brix.

Oracle sues Qtrax

Oracle has accused Qtrax, the legal peer-to-peer music service, of copyright infringement and breach of contract in a $2 million lawsuit filed last week in Northern California, reports ZDNet.

Qtrax is the music service that was ridiculed in January 2008 after the four major labels denied the company`s claims it had licensing agreements with them. Eventually, Qtrax did get the major label deals.

Nonetheless, the start-up has apparently run into some trouble paying bills in the past several months, said a source close to the company.

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