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ZipRealty, Zillow launch iPad apps

Apps capitalize on larger-than-iPhone screen size

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National real estate brokerage ZipRealty and property search and valuation site Zillow have rolled out free Apple iPad applications in time for the device's arrival Saturday. Zillow's app allows users to search for homes for sale and rentals on a large-screen map using landscape or portrait mode, and flick through photos of one or more homes alongside the map, the company said. Zillow also created a photo-based shopping interface that allows users to "window shop" and compare homes side by side. "We jumped at the chance to create the Zillow on iPad App because we saw this as a unique opportunity to create a brand-new, photo-driven home shopping experience on the most incredible Apple device yet," said Rich Barton, Zillow's chairman and CEO, in a statement. "Our app for iPad has the potential to radically change the way people search and comparison shop for real estate, and we're excited to be on the App Store for iPad from day...