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IN THE NEWS: SHOPPING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE ONLINE
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when the push was on for national health care, supporters of the measure said shopping for a plan would be like using Travelocity or Amazon.com. But that part of the plan hasn't become reality — at least not yet. The reason: some states are delaying the online tools that could make it easier for consumers to find the right plan when the markets go live October 1. That means instead of trolling for best rates on the Internet, you may have to dial a help line on the phone. Some critics of the health care plan by the Obama administration say the idea of having online ability to sign up for health insurance plans by the October 1 deadline was overly optimistic.
IN THE NEWS: WEINER SEXTING PAL COMES FORWARD
NEW YORK (AP) — A southwestern Indiana woman who claims to have engaged in online sex chats with New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has confirmed her identity. And Sydney Leathers has some harsh words for the disgraced former congressman. Leathers tells the TV tabloid show "Inside Edition" Weiner led her on, saying he loved her. She says she felt the same way — but now Leathers says Weiner disgusts her. As she put it: "he's not who I thought he was." She may have also come to that conclusion when he started corresponding with her last July — just weeks after People magazine ran a story about how he had repaired a marriage which seemed irretrievably damaged by the original sexting scandal, which led him to quit his job in the House of Representatives.
ON THE WEB: MAPPING IT OUT ONLINE
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Most online maps are designed to help you find out where things are — and how to get there. A new player in the online mapping space says it's made to help people discover new places — rather than just give directions. Citymaps has a new navigation app available for the iPhone — with an Android version on the way. It lets people customize maps that users can create and share.
CityMaps site: http://www.citymaps.com
IN STORES: SAMSUNG WIDENS GAP IN SMARTPHONE SALES
UNDATED (AP) — When most people think of smartphones, they think of the Apple iPhone. But when you break down the numbers, Samsung is the king when it comes to worldwide market share for smartphone devices. ABI Research says Samsung has increased its market share during the second quarter of this year. Meanwhile, ABI reports Apple's share of the worldwide smartphone market fell in the second quarter to the lowest level in four years. Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones between April and June. But ABI notes Apple's share of the global smartphone market is 13.1 percent — down from 16.6 percent a year ago.
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Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:15:30 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:15:30 EST