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App Store About to Hit 10 Billion Downloads, Apple Celebrates

Nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store, which was launched in 2008. In January 2010, App Store downloads topped 3 billion; during Summer 2010, Apple reached the 5 billion milestone. Now, it's time to get to the 10 billion figure, and Apple wants to celebrate and "say thanks" by giving away a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card (also valid for the Mac App Store) to a lucky user who will download the 10 billionth app.

Check out the contest's official rules here, entrants have to be at least 13 years of age and resident in a country where the App Store is available.  You can also enter without a purchase or download by filling this form.[9to5mac via iSpazio]

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