Amazon now counts 200,000 apps in its app store; Apple said iOS unaffected by Heartbleed

Quick news from around the Web.

> Google said it will improve the security of its Google Play app store with continuous scanning of apps. Article

> Apple said its iOS platform is unaffected by the new Heartbleed security issue. Article

> New hirings at Apple indicate a possible plan to overhaul iTunes. Article

> Amazon's Android-powered app store now counts 200,000 apps. Article

> The worldwide markets for wearables will reach shipments of nearly 112 million in 2018, according to IDC. Release

> LightSquared's Philip Falcone will borrow an additional $74 million from the company's existing lenders. Article

> In BIA Kelsey's new forecast, the firm predicts mobile local ad revenues to more than triple over the next five years reaching $15.7 billion in 2018. Article

> AT&T said that the total amount of data usage from inside the AT&T Stadium during the NCAA Final Four was more than 885 GB for all three games. Post

> LG appears to be on track to ship 12 million smartphones in the second quarter, a record. Article

> Microsoft is reportedly preparing the Surface Mini tablet. Article

> The FTC warned Facebook about user privacy in approving its acquisition of WhatsApp. Article

Telecom News

> TelePacific Communications has carved out wholesale service terms with its wholesale supplier AT&T designed to help smooth its migration to all IP-based services such as Ethernet and VoIP, while ensuring that legacy TDM services remain available. Article

Cable News

> 400,000 people have signed a consumer-group petition opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Article

European Wireless News

> The process to license three new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in Saudi Arabia has encountered an unexpected delay after the Saudi regulator this week announced a new tender for Zain Saudi's network. Article

> Vodafone's move to take full control of its Indian subsidiary is unlikely to deter potential suitors that are eying an acquisition of the UK-based group, a leading Ovum analyst said. Article

And finally… It's Apple's Siri vs. Microsoft's Cortana in this talk-show battle. Video