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Mac App Store hits 1m sales in first day

But hackers have already struck.

The new Mac App Store saw more than a million downloads in its first day online, Apple has announced.

Predictably, the all-conquering Angry Birds was the top paid app, while Twitter was the number one free download.

The desktop portal launched yesterday, sporting over 1000 apps in 21 different categories. That compares with over 300,000 in the mobile version.

"We're amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting," said Apple boss Steve Jobs. "Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is."

Jobs might be slightly less pleased by news that the store has reportedly already been hacked. According to CNET, a crack is doing the rounds that lets users circumvent the store's DRM measures.

Not all apps are vulnerable, but the developers of those that are affected have been venting spleen.

"Too bad they didn't release a Mac App Store beta to developers - maybe we would've noticed this," complained Big Bucket Software's Matt Comi, developer of a game called The Incident.

Many App Store developers are apparently now readying patches to protect against the hack.

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