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  • LtGoonRush - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    "400M app store accounts with stored credit cards, making it the largest collection of accounts + credit cards on the web" That noise you're hearing is the sound of ten thousand hackers having their interest piqued. Reply
  • BSMonitor - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    It's Ok, they have $120 Billion in cash to reimburse us in case of stolen identities.. Reply
  • prophet001 - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    No kidding Reply
  • GrizzledYoungMan - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    It so gross. Not only is it rather intimidating and obnoxious, it's also rather pathetic.

    If Microsoft were to make the same graphic - a fake check made out to the developers who have used their various application development platforms over the years in an amount equivalent to what the developers have made - it would be a check for, I dunno, trillions of dollars.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Apple has the clout to lead the charge on things like hi-res displays (I still miss my badass old CRTs with their miniscule dot pitch), but their smug, bullying posture is often gross.
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  • Tanclearas - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    I'm surprised it's only 5 billion dollars.

    If that's what Apple paid to developers, and Apple gets 30% of App Store purchases, Apple only made roughly 2 billion dollars from the store. It also means the average "selling price" for an app is less than 24 cents. I understand that there are many free apps, but that just means a "selling price" of zero.
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  • Zink - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    That's enough money going out to pay a team of over 20,000k employees $60k a year for the last four years. That's on average since the app store was introduced, I'm sure the amounts paid out this year are much higher than the average.

    Software is only worth so much, that's an average of $13 per person out of all of those accounts. I know I've barely spent that much on mobile software, so many programs are available for free. I wonder if that figure includes add revenue?
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  • Arnulf - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    "I still miss my badass old CRTs with their miniscule dot pitch"

    Ah, yes, the amazing 120 dot pitch CRTs ... good times. St00pid.
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  • Arnulf - Monday, June 11, 2012 - link

    120 dots per inch that is (for top of the line 0.21 mm models), just to clarify. Reply

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