Amazon pulled an App Store end-around today and quietly launched the Kindle Cloud Reader, a web based version of the Kindle app.
The web app supports Safari or Chrome browsers, as well as Safari on iOS 4+, and is specifically "optimized for iPad." Any book shopping you do on the web app on your iPad, though, bypasses the App Store and goes straight to Amazon's Kindle Store for Tablets.
Final Cut Pro X launched last week with a meh, with users wondering why all older versions were discontinued, a lambasting on a Conan O'Brien skit, and too many customers leaving 1-star ratings and long, negative reviews on the Mac App Store. Apple, realizing that this latest version of their widely used film editing software might not be making the cut, began issuing refunds in the face of their own "all sales are final" app store policy (Taiwan notwithstanding).
The iron portcullis of Apple's "walled garden" has reportedly slammed shut in front of some new apps that utilize what many are calling unfair practices. Specifically, reports are coming in that Tapjoy, along with other companies, are saying their apps have been banned for using "pay-per-install" incentive programs that offer free virtual currency or items to users who download the app.