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Finally, Android has a place it can call home.

Google and Australian mobile telecommunications company Telstra opened the first ever brick-and-mortar Android-themed storefront in Melbourne on Thursday, a move to consolidate the Android brand and associated devices under one big, wide, Googly roof.

Created in collaboration with Android device manufacturers, "Androidland" showcases the many different devices that run Google's operating system in a fun, Android-themed environment. And rather than merely hawking the devices, special displays and gaming kiosks aim to inform potential buyers about how Android works, and what devices may be best for them.

The Melbourne-based company that oversees eight Appliance Direct retail stores in Central Florida filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, hoping to reorganize its finances so it can continue to operate all of its locations.

Appliance Now Inc., Appliance Direct Management Inc., and the eight Central Florida stores filed individual Chapter 11 bankruptcy notices last Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District in Orlando.

Age: 33 Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia Career History: George has been with BlueAnt for 18 months and in the wireless industry for 13 years. The last 12 months have been spent in the U.S. for his company. Greatest Business Achievements: Peter broke into a market as competitive as the U.S. market, and establishing distribution successfully in relatively short order. Advice: “Most of these CE industries are really big, significant parts of the market, and there’s a lot of business to be done out there. The trick is whether you’ve got the smarts to come in almost under the radar a bit to really focus

St. Louis Entrances & Exits: The St. Louis retail market reports steady business, with the biggest news being the 1997 departure of Venture Stores. CompUSA kept both of the Computer City stores it acquired open in this region and added one store of its own within the market. Economy: The city rejoiced when Mastercard chose its locale over that of Dallas. Sometime in the middle of this year, it will expand its 1,000-plus employee Global Technology and Operations Center by adding at least 500 new jobs to the region's economy. Outlook: Residents of St. Louis should expect slower growth because of the national slowdown

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