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The week started out with a bang as AT&T announced a $39 billion dollar deal to acquire T-Mobile in a merger. If approved by the US Government, the deal would give AT&T access to roughly 130 million users. While tech, business and mobile news followers analyzed these developments, Amazon opened its own Appstore for Android and promised users that there would be more control over content. Mid-week, we released a study comparing iPhone usage on Verizon and AT&T while the CTIA announced rating systems for apps and Starbucks reported over 3 million individuals used their iPhone or Blackberry app to pay for coffee.

AT&T Buys T-Mobile for $39 million – TechCrunch
AT&T dominated weekend headlines with its announcement that it would purchase T-Mobile for a whopping $39 billion. If approved by the US Government, and many sources indicate that it will be a challenge, AT&T would become the largest network in the United States with over 130 million users, putting it well ahead of Verizon.

Amazon Launches Android App Store, To Provide Curated Content – Wired
Amazon launched its own Appstore this Tuesday, similar to Apple’s App Store. Unlike Google’s Android Market where “anything goes”, Amazon has promised that its Appstore will come with stricter controls and apps cannot be linked to the Android Market. Check it out.

Mobclix Index: AT&T vs Verizon iPhone Usage - Mobclix, TechCrunch
We released a study on Wednesday morning that looked at the difference in usage between those with iPhones on the Verizon network and those on AT&T. We found out that 53% of AT&T iPhone users relied on WiFi as opposed to 38% of iPhone users, and that the top three reasons users cited for switching to Verizon from AT&T were reception problems, Verizon’s reputation and the personal hotspot feature. Check out more details at the Mobclix Index page.

CTIA Announces Plans for a Ratings System – MediaPost
CTIA, the Wireless Association, announced plans at its annual Spring Conference for a ratings system to launch for mobile apps by the end of 2011. Like the movie rating system, this new system is designed to provide parents with information to determine whether apps are appropriate for their children.

3 Million People Pay for Starbucks Coffee Through iPhone and Blackberry Mobile App – Mashable
Since launching its iPhone and Blackberry payment apps in January, Starbucks announced that over 3 million have paid using that app, helping Starbucks to have one of its best performing quarters in its 40 year history.

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