One billionth app downloaded

The App Store had its billionth download today — nine months after its launch. This is remarkable by any measure. And as Apple and AT&T posted their earnings in recent days, it was the iPhone that saved the bottom line for both of them, even giving Apple a record profit at a time when Mac sales are down. So who won? And what was the billionth app to be downloaded? The contest page hasn't yet posted the results as I write this. It simply says, "Thanks a billion," and invites readers to check back to see the winners.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.