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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Apple’s tough day: Opening of Amazon Appstore, accusations of bigotry and a monopoly charge


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It’s a tough day for Apple. The Amazon Appstore opened up shop, to much digital excitement, as the first big rival to Apple’s App Store, just as Apple is coming under fire from gay rights groups for allowing an application that claims to “cure homosexuality,” and a federal judge has ordered Steve Jobs to testify in an antitrust case.

The Amazon Appstore launched Tuesday with an offer of one free app a day, kicking off with the ever-popular Angry Birds for Android. Bloomberg reports that Apple filed a complaint March 18 accusing Amazon of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

In a separate case that has been pending since 2005, a federal judge ordered Steve Jobs to testify in a complaint that alleges Apple ran a music-downloading monopoly. Jobs, who has been on medical leave from the company, will be required to testify for only two hours, the judge ruled.

Meanwhile, a new app at Apple’s App Store is angering gay rights groups. The App Store, which has felt heat for rejecting some apps, features a free app from Exodus International, a ministry that teaches that homosexuality can be overcome through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The app has more than 900 reviews in the App Store, many of which accuse Apple of supporting bigotry. Truth Wins Out, a gay rights group, has started a petition to request that Apple remove the app. It has received more than 130,000 signatures and points to Apple’s guidelines for rejecting apps: “14.1 — Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected.”

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