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Amazon may be planning smartphone: Citi analysts

NEW YORK — Amazon, which began shipping a tablet computer this week, may be eyeing the smartphone market. Citigroup said in a research note published on Thursday that it believes the Seattle-based online retail giant plans to launch a smartphone next year. “Based on our supply chain channel checks in…

Amazon expected to unveil tablet at mystery event

With nearly 30 million iPads sold, Apple is the undisputed tablet computer champion. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, US computer giant Hewlett-Packard, South Korea’s Samsung and scores of other companies with devices powered by Google’s Android software have all taken swings at the iPad and missed. A contender may finally…