This Day in Tech: Google Wallet and Offers, Amazon opens Mac download stores

Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, May 26.

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Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, May 26.

Google Wallet, Offers make their debut
Services combine coupons, discounts, and payments at the time people buy things through their phone. Trials start now, with full launch this summer. More

Amazon opens up Mac downloads stores
The e-commerce heavyweight launches a pair of online venues targeting Mac users with digital downloads. So far Amazon's stocking about 250 games and apps. More

Senate panel gives OK to antipiracy bill
The Protect IP Act makes it through the judiciary committee, but before it can be passed in the full chamber, it's likely to be opposed by Sen. Ron Wyden. Can he stop the bill from becoming law? More

Sony offers sign-up page for identity-theft protection
PSN and Qriocity users can now go to Sony's site to sign up for an identity-theft protection service. They need only to input an e-mail address to receive an activation code. More

Why is Sprint installing junk apps on my Android phone?
During system updates to Android devices, Sprint is downloading apps that customers can't uninstall, at least for now. More

Loaded: Google Wallet today
Sony starts to offers identity protection to users affected by the PSN data breach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gets announced, and Google unveils its NFC-based payment system called "Google Wallet." Watch

More Net giants deal in shady drug ads
Microsoft, Yahoo, and IAC have accepted ads for Web sites that sell pharmaceuticals without requiring a prescription, CNET has learned, a practice that reportedly landed Google in legal trouble. More

Windows' answer to the iPad?
Asus has a fresh take on the oft-maligned Windows tablet in the fast-running Eee Slate EP121, a touch-screen slate coupled with its own Bluetooth keyboard. Read the full review

Solar power carport charges cars in Connecticut
GE unveils an innovative solar carport with EV charging stations in Plainville, Conn. More

Gmail 'people widget' gathers messages in your messages
Within two weeks, you'll be seeing a brand new Gmail feature that makes it easier to see your connections with friends. More

MoodKit: Can an app improve your mood?
Hey, is that a psychologist in your pocket? It is if you're running MoodKit on your iOS device. This $5 app promises to help you resolve negative feelings. More