Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in EuropeFacebook releases a Messenger app for iPhone and Android, Anonymous threatens to shut down the social network, Amazon launches the Kindle Cloud Reader web app for e-books, and Wal-Mart shuts down its MP3 store.
It's Wednesday, August 10th, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. In somewhat surprising news, Apple has won a preliminary injunction against Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android-powered tablet in Europe. Samsung says that the ruling was disappointing. The company also says that the injunction was filed with no notice to Samsung and that the order was issued without any hearing or presentation of evidence from Samsung. The action is another move in the long and complicated relationship between the companies. Apple claims that Samsung products infringe on Apple's intellectual property while at the same time Samsung is a major supplier of iPhone and iPad parts. Wal-Mart says that it plans to close down its MP3 download store at the end of the month. The nation's largest retailer informed distribution and licensing partners of the coming closure in a letter, but sales of physical music products like CDs will continue on walmart.com and brick-and-mortar stores. The hacker collective Anonymous has announced in a press release that it will shut down Facebook on November 5th otherwise known as guy Foxgate. Anonymous claims that they wanna protect their freedom of information for the sake of your own privacy. The company accuses Facebook of selling information to government agencies and giving access to security firms. Meanwhile, Facebook has announced a new mobile application specifically for its messaging service. Dubbed as simply Messenger, Facebook is making apps available for both Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. Users can log in with their Facebook credentials and get access to existing chats and messages. Also included is group messaging and a component that lets users share photos and their location. Notably missing from the app is video chat that the company announced last month with Skype. Twitter has opened up its Twitter image service to all Twitter users now. Every user will now see a camera icon in the far left of their status update box letting users choose an image to upload and embed in your Twitter status. Photos will be hosted to a photo bucket and appear as a pick that Twitter link. The company says it has yet to enable the feature for its mobile apps but the ability to tweet directly from the iPhone will appear with the launch of iOS 5 and expect to see picture galleries in the new feature. Amazon has launched its new Kindle Cloud Reader, a new web-based app that lets you to read your Kindle eBooks from any browser on your PC or tablet. The new app is HTML5-based and as opposed to iOS apps, the new Cloud Reader now has links to purchase digital books right from the Amazon Kindle Store. Additionally, the app lets you store up to 50 megabytes on your iPad so you won't need the internet connection to read your books. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.